Moments of impact : how to design strategic conversations that accelerate change

Moments of impact : how to design strategic conversations that accelerate change Find this book at the Rochester Public Library!

Title: Moments of impact : how to design strategic conversations that accelerate change Author: Ertel, Chris.  Publication Date: 2014


Drawing on decades of experience as innovation strategists–and supported by cutting-edge social science research, dozens of real-life examples, and interviews with well over 100 thought leaders, executives, and fellow practitioners– they unveil a simple, creative process that leaders and their teams can use to unlock solutions to their most vexing issues. The book also includes a “Starter Kit” full of tools and tips for putting the book’s core principles into practice.

10 Storytelling Lessons From Photography

10 Storytelling Lessons From Photography

I am a Toastmaster. I am a photographer. In other words, a storyteller. The storytelling format is much different in these two art forms; however, I have recognized that the fundamental approaches stay similar whether choosing a relevant story, crafting the story with both creative and technical skills, or creating the right impact. As a storyteller, I want to share a compelling story that can touch the hearts of my audience, inspire them, and leave them with something to ponder and act on.

Biju Arayakkeel, DTM October 2020

This article has a fascinating message about storytelling! What are your thoughts?

Five things about Ava Andrews

Five things about Ava Andrews Find this children’s novel at the Rochester Public Library. I’m looking forward to reading it!

Ava Andrews, 11, is more nervous than usual at the beginning of sixth grade: not only is middle school intimidating, but her best friend, Zelia, has just moved across the country. Zelia always stood up for Ava when the clinically anxious girl—who has a genetic heart condition and attendant pacemaker—encountered social difficulties that upped her anxiety and her heart rate. Though Ava doesn’t like to stand in front of groups, and dreads attending social events organized by her father’s Cotillion business, she discovers a supportive community when she joins an improv group predicated on a foundation of celebrating mistakes and working with what one is given. The group is soon shocked to discover that the theater in which they rehearse is in danger of being developed. They decide to fight the onset of gentrification in their San Diego neighborhood, and with the help of her improv skills, Ava finds her voice. Alongside a sensitive portrayal of Ava’s invisible disabilities, well-wrought subplots, such as problems with an unkind classmate and the growing distance between two once-close friends, support the journey of Dilloway’s (Summer of a Thousand Pies) thoughtful protagonist from timid observer to well-liked social activist. Ages 8–12. 

Publishers Weekly
May 18, 2020

5 Simple Ways To Own The Room

5 Simple Ways To Own The Room

To own the room: is to command your audience’s attention, respect, and action from beginning to the end of your presentation.

It’s a great thing to accomplish, and with some training, tips, and awareness of you can do it.

In this article, you will find five simple ways you can own any room.

PETER KHOURY, Magnetic Speaking

What ways have you learned how to own any room where you are speaking? How about any Zoom?

Why Are We Scared of Public Speaking?

Why Are We Scared of Public Speaking?

While some people experience a debilitating form of glossophobia, even a mild form can have devastating effects. Fear of public speaking can prevent you from taking risks to share your ideas, to speak about your work, and to present your solutions to problems that affect many people — and as a result, it can affect how much you grow personally and professionally, and how much impact you can have.

Theo Tsaousides Ph.D.

Does your fear of public speaking hold you back? Toastmasters is an excellent place to work on those fears. We are nonjudgmental and supportive.

Leading out loud a guide for engaging others in creating the future

Find this book or the book on CD at the Rochester Public Library.

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Now, more than ever, the development of a leader’s message is as crucial to success as the delivery of that message. Terry Pearce shows leaders in all sectors how to communicate their values and vision to inspire commitment. In this important resource, Pearce continues to broaden the application of core principles, putting the spotlight on every day, spontaneous communication. New examples, covering the range of today’s multi-faceted communication, show the application of the sage advice Pearce offers. Readers will see how to develop a Personal Leadership Communication Guide that supports any venue, through any media and in multiple cultures. This completely revised and updated version of the bestselling classic is designed to meet the communication needs of today’s leaders.

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What’s the Point?

What’s the Point? October 2020

The first question is “What do I want my listeners to think, feel, and/or do differently when I am done?” Do you want them to change their position on an issue? Do you want them to get excited about your cause? Do you want them to take some sort of action? Be specific here.

Next, ask yourself, “What is the purpose of my presentation? Given my answer to the first question, what does that mean I have to do in my speech?”

Bill Brown, DTM, Toastmasters Magazine, October 2020