An article in the April issue of Psychology Today focuses on an issue familiar with those of us in Toastmasters, but to some extent with a somewhat different, even favourable, position.
One goal in Toastmasters continuously is to reduce, ideally weed out, filler words and sounds; the point of view expressed in Psychology Today is that the person or circumstances dictate some flexibility in applying such a strategy. (more…)
After a very tough winter, slowing ebbing away this week officially but not in evidence, let’s remember that some expressions shift to another side of their connotations…
- ‘White out conditions’ refer mainly to the need to correct typos
- ‘Bundling up’ means trying to combine services for a cheaper rate
- ‘Skating on thin ice’ focuses on one’s status in the workplace or relationships
- A ‘Blanket of snow’ reverts to its rightful place as a soft assessment of political bafflegab
- ‘Breaking the ice’ relates to reducing the size of ice cubes for drinks
- The ‘tip of the iceberg’ alludes to the gradual rise of problems not previously evident in a project
- Dealing with a ‘cold snap’ means handling a number of people feeling weakened by a virus
- ‘Putting something on ice’ becomes a desirable option for diluting the effects of heat
- Being ‘left out in the cold’ becomes more hurtful, because it’s not dependent on temperature
- Feeling ‘snowed under’ identifies the emergence of projects put on hiatus during the winter
As a category of options for individual investors, ETFs have become increasingly popular since the dawning of the new millennium.
An ETF, or Exchange Traded Fund, offers opportunity to be exposed to a vast array of segments of the marketplace, including uncommon and emerging. Part of their flashy appeal comes from availability at relatively minimal cost, i.e. management fees.
There is greater transparency than with traditional mutual funds, concerning both fees and underlying holdings. (more…)
A mini presentation that the vast majority of us likely have to make at one time or another is the Toast.
Whether it’s at a family gathering, or at a send-off for a friend or co-worker, this mini-speech is one where we want to make the best impression possible: on the person or group being saluted with the Toast, and on attendees who depend on us to elevate the occasion with our words and gusto. (more…)
Anyone able to reflect on this, based on years of personal experience or through research, knows that one of the biggest evolutions since the latter half of the twentieth century has been the speed of communications. Technology has become an indelible, intrusive catalyst of delivery; combined with more recent omnipresence of the internet and social media, has meant being part of a revolution in daily life around the world. (more…)