Happy New Year from Uncommon
Wishing you health and happiness, peace and
prosperity in 2008!
|New Year Thoughts - The Toad Less Traveled
He was tiny when he moved into the gap
between the pot and the box in early spring.
He was huge when I replaced the pot with fall
mums. And why not? The food crawled, buzzed,
and swooped within reach all summer. He had
great protection and a steady water supply.
What more could a toad ask?
Are you a little like that toad? Waiting for
opportunities to come within reach rather
than making them happen? Sticking to the
familiar and avoiding discomfort and risk?
Counting on an endless summer rather than
challenging yourself to overcome obstacles
and pursue dreams?
What more could you ask?
Don't choose to be the toad less traveled!
Don't wait for the first really cold night to
force you out into the unknown. Whatever your
dream or reluctance, take one concrete
step toward it each day. Just one step a day.
Imagine where you could be by New Year's Day
|Employee Thoughts - Speaking Confidence < $100?
What do Mass Mutual, Westover Air Reserve
Base, and Hamilton Sundstrand have in common?
All three have people who could benefit from:
And, all three have established Toastmasters
on-site to develop those people. As a matter
of fact, Mass Mutual has 3 clubs.
- Improved presentation skills and
- The ability to organize and
communicate thoughts more quickly and
- Greater self-confidence
- Stronger leadership skills
While Toastmasters is an excellent,
cost-effective development tool for large
companies, it makes even more sense for
smaller companies. Where else can your
employees get the benefits listed above for
well less than $100 per person per year?
You may not have enough employees to support a
club on-site, but there are clubs everywhere
that are open to all. Whether you, as an
employer, choose to suggest, encourage or
subsidize, use the link below to find clubs
with meeting locations and times convenient
to each employee.
Or perhaps you are the one most ready to benefit.
Whoever you are, if you would like to be a
confident communicator, Toastmasters is a
pretty easy way to take small but concrete
and significant steps forward. Guests are
always welcome and a visit is the best way to
see if a particular club is a good fit for
you. I have not met a single member eager to
improve who doesn't sing the praises of this
organization. And the price can't be beat.
|Sharing Thoughts - New Year's Resolutions
Have you made any New Year's resolutions
related to your business or maintaining
work-life balance? Interested in those of
other business owners like you?
Send us those resolutions. We will compile
all we receive and send out the compilation
only to those who have sent us something. You
may include your name and your
company name, if you wish, or something more
anonymous such as your first name and title,
if you prefer.
- The substantiation that
comes from writing and sharing your
- The support and reinforcement that comes
from knowing others have committed to similar
- The collective wisdom, ideas and
perspectives of others facing similar
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Timely Thoughts - Years Flying By?
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