From Gift Getter to Giver

Admittedly, I started a Toastmasters club to provide a low-cost professional development option to myself and fellow employees of a bootstrapped startup. It was transactional. I was giving time and energy to get something in return. Not a gift, although I thought it was.

When I left that startup, it was temping to part ways with the Toastmasters club since I was no longer working in the area. What kept me going was seeing how members were embracing what I had created and the club continued to thrive. I kept doing it for the return, though. Still not truly giving a gift without expectation of receiving.

As I write my 10th speech, I have a unique opportunity to truly give. I can “leave it all on the field” even though it’s not required. I can deliver a speech that compels the audience to pay it forward.


Watching Failure

It’s hard. But, it’s necessary.

Part of leading is having to watch those around you fail, then help them get back up and keep going. It’s really tempting to try and prevent failure, but there’s too much value in going through the experience.

Have You Tried…?

Making an effort to find an answer on your own before asking someone else goes a long way. It helps develop your own research skills and shows respect for the person you might end up asking for help.

Having Google at our fingertips has created a dynamic where we no longer need to know certain things since they’re stored online somewhere. This is great as long as you have balance between using it as a complement vs. a body of knowledge committed to memory.

Before asking someone else for the answer, have you tried Googling it?