(other than This Lawn Looks Like Crap)
Interesting, if not always deep, thoughts often pop into my head while I’m doing battle with my lawn. And yes, I do battle with a non-gas, non-electric, old-fashioned push mower. An actual reel mower. And my mind tends to think of some semi-interesting crap while I push along.
Welcome to Volume 25 of Crap I Think of While Mowing the Lawn (or raking the leaves).
I was drawn into an interesting discussion a couple days ago – one that concerns me as both a writer and a speaker. Indeed, it also interests me as a reader and as one who enjoys listening to speeches.
Let me clarify: I enjoy reading quality writing and experiencing compelling presentations.
What is the mindset of a successful, dynamic public speaker? For me, it all starts with the Four Hs.
Huh? No, that’s not one of them. And the Four Hs are not (while admirably used for about 100 years by a certain international youth organization of a similar name): head, hands, heart and health.
Last week, I was a guest at a Toastmasters club meeting in Pennsylvania, and was called to the front of the room by the Table Topics Master…
…For the non-Toastmasters among my readers, I’ll offer an explanation or two. That may be enough to keep you here; if I’ve alienated fellow Toastmasters members already, I’m in trouble…
There are many among us who would—if we are to believe certain surveys and the urban myths attached to them—rather die than speak. Still, there are others among us (including yours truly, when in the mood) who are dying TO speak. Both are only slight exaggerations.
“I suck today.”
The words bellowed out from the big man—spoken in truth, spewed out with passion, offered as a strange form of self-affirmation.
My minds-eye abducts me back to high school days, and pick-up basketball games in the gym. I can picture what I believe was the north gym of Lenape High School, where jocks, gym rats and teachers would occasionally play hoops together after school.