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Birthday One Liners aka Birth Mirth

Birthdays happen every year           You can toast with pithy cheer Take your time Learn one line It’s a precious souvenir Far too often I hear tributes that sting like the spank on your tush the day you were born. Yes, I’m referring to old age jokes. For example: – “The twinkle […]

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5 Ways to Follow-Through in February

  After teaching a workshop at the sold-out Leadership and Communication Expo in San Diego, Calif., I had an epiphany. You can use the same five Facebook posting techniques to keep yourself energized about your New Year’s resolutions. My session, Facebook for Fun and Profit, listed five ways to engage website viewers to click-and-order or visit […]

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Barbara and Michael Varma Celebrate 2013

Pick One and Get It Done

Every January you read dozens of articles on New Year’s resolutions, everything from how to eat right, exercise, and balance the work/home life. But all are missing a vital piece of information. I’ve even written a few articles that were printed in newspapers and circled the globe online and yet I, too, overlooked the basic […]

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We Bid You Good Cheer

Marriages that last seem to receive less attention than high profile, short term break-ups, but I believe the media has it all wrong. I’m taking a stand and showering attention on the simple and good things in life, after all good things last the longest. My friend Luby and her husband Bob just celebrated their […]

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Wedded Words

Toasting to the three Cs of a successful marriage. On Saturday, July 7, 2012, I had the honor of marrying Chris and Kirsten Wallace, a shy, young couple who didn’t want the spotlight, didn’t want to have a long ceremony and didn’t to say (or write) their vows. They made it clear to me the […]

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Tasteful Halloween Toast

Three Tricks and Treats for Toasting

Learn how to ward off ghosts and goblins before taking the stage. Halloween is a good time to be scared, but a bad time to have the hebejebes before you stand up at a party and give a toast. If you feel the tension creeping into your shoulders or your stomach tightening up it’s time to relax […]

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Write a Touching Toast in 10 Minutes or Less

You want to say a few words at the wedding, but you’re stuck on what to say. Fortunately there is a simple recipe to follow to help guide you through the process to write a touching toast in 10 minutes or less. Beginning Start by introducing yourself by name and how you know the bride […]

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Fixin’ Our Stinkin’ Thinkin’

Questions to discover a simple solution For a long time I believed accidents were always going to be in my future. Frequently I’d find myself in the wrong place at the wrong time. For example, once I was stopped at a red light and observed a car crash and another time, while out for a […]

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Doing a Webinar Lessons

PostMortem: Webinar Lessons for Speakers

Executing a webinar for the first time, on your own, can be a daunting experience. But with some help from others, and a list of tips and lessons can make it a bit easier. Executing this webinar, especially to all of you as a group, has been a challenging blast, and I recommend everyone who […]

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The Great Ginko Goof

Learn what to do after you forget something or someone important. I stood embarrassed like a monkey’s uncle on the stage at a family celebration when I forgot to formally acknowledge my cousin David’s engagement to his sweetie-pie Amy. Fact: every speaker, from emerging emcee to professional presenter, will encounter a lapse in memory and forget […]

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