Now Is The Time #SeizeTheDay

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Here we are starting a new year – 2017.  It always amazes me how times flies by. Every year we set our New Year resolutions, and, if you are anything like me, you start strong in January, resolve fades by February and by March those resolutions are long forgotten, and before you know it another year is gone!

Robin Williams said it best in Dead Poets Society – “Carpe Diem” or “Seize The Day”. So this year I am doing it differently. Instead of setting those ill-fated resolutions I am setting myself a mantra – “Now Is The Time”. The best thing about setting this as my goal is I can do it anytime. Sounds contradictory?  Let me explain.

If I chose a path of scheduling everything I do and I miss that window then a backlog starts to creep in and the scheduling proves itself as useless. If however, I make a list of everything I aim to do then I can pick anyone and do it now because now is the time. Tomorrow I can pick another item on the list and do it then because “then” will be the time for “now is the time”.

As you may have noticed on previous posts I am a great fan of to-do lists. Identifying the items on the list as ‘critical’, ‘soon’, and ‘can wait’ allows me to prioritise. Applying this process with ‘now is the time’ and I can work my way through the list. This approach also gives me the flexibility to drop everything and work on something more urgent when the need arises.

Let’s see what 2017 brings and if this approach works! Who knows, it may be the wrong approach, but then again it could be the best thing ever! I’ll keep you posted 🙂

Elaine Beare

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Be True To Yourself #Work #BeTrueToYourself

Be True to Yourself – sounds easy doesn’t it?  But how honest or true to ourselves are we really? For example, if you are in a job you hate, are you making excuses as to why you haven’t left it? I know we work to pay the bills and put food on the table but there is more to life than that.

I am not suggesting you march in tomorrow and hand in your notice but instead think about each aspect of your job. Are there particular parts you do like? Is it just one particular item that turns you off the whole job?  If you have a particular passion or hobby is there a way you can bring that into your job?

Start to review your skills. Take a look at some online courses and job descriptions. What do you need to do to achieve that dream job? Identify and learn the skills you need to start realising your potential.

Put an inspirational message up on your screen or on your desk or wall. Step by step you can make a change to make YOU happier. Find your passion and you will start to be more true to yourself.

Elaine Beare

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1st Distinguished Toastmaster Award for EMC Ireland Toastmasters Forum

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What exactly is the DTM?

The Distinguished Toastmaster award is the highest award the Toastmasters International organisation bestows. The DTM recognises a superior level of achievement in both communication and leadership. Toastmasters international recognise that by receiving this award I have…” developed and sharpened effective communication and leadership skills, and applied these skills in professional and community activities to the benefit of others.”

How did I get started in Toastmasters?

My journey began in April 2012 with an invitation to a demonstration meeting of something called Toastmasters. I had never heard of this before and, once I heard was it was, I had to decide did I want to put myself under that pressure of standing up to speak in front of other people! Well I took the plunge, signed up to EMC Ireland Toastmasters and gave my first speech, also known as an “Icebreaker”, on 15 June 2012.

What has been involved in attaining DTM?

As well as completing approximately sixty speeches, and a variety of meeting  roles, I took on a number of Club Officer roles, including VP Education in 2013, President in 2014 and the Area 49 Director role in 2015. I also completed the High Performance Leadership project in 2015 and ran a workshop for fellow toastmasters in 2016.

What are some of the benefits I have found from Toastmasters?

Joining Toastmasters is one of the best things I have ever done. Toastmasters has been of huge benefit to me, not just professionally but also personally. It is a great confidence builder and taught me excellent leadership and communication skills. As well as discovering a passion for speaking, I also learnt the benefits of servant leadership and being able to share my learnings as a mentor for new toastmasters and officers means a lot.

Now that I have achieved DTM, what’s next on my Toastmasters journey?

I have started the Competent Leadership award again, as I believe it is important to refresh skills learnt. It also means another point for the EMC Ireland Toastmasters Club. UCC (University College Cork) have asked me to return in October to speak to their Mature Students Group again about presentation skills and tips on how to overcome nerves. It is great to be able to give back what I have learnt to help others. The future is definitely bright for me and I urge anyone who wants to develop personally and professionally to join Toastmasters and discover the benefits for themselves!

 

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What Can Social Media Do For You?

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This is a question I often hear asked and maybe this response will help… Consider space. How many people have gone to space? Who do we remember? Certainly there is Neil Armstrong the first man on the moon, but who else?  There is one man who came from humble beginnings, growing up on a farm. He watched the moon landing and was hooked. He grew up to become an engineer and air force fighter pilot and followed that by becoming a test pilot for experimental planes. In 1992 he joined the astronaut program and first flew in in space in November 1995, following in the footsteps of many other astronauts.

But there was one thing that made this man stand apart. Whilst he was not the first to tweet from space, that honour going to to TJ Creamer in January 2010, this man blew social media apart in 2013 by posting stories and photos from the international space station. His name has now become synonymous with space and social media.  I speak of course of Chris Hadfield who now has over 1.4 million followers from Twitter and all because he took a different approach to social media.

He combined his love of space and photography and sent it back to earth in entertaining posts and images, not to mention his YouTube video version of Space Oddity which has had close to 26 million views. He has carried on to make other videos such as An Astronaut’s Guide to …Movember, BBQ, Camping, short humorous video clips that have kept his profile active.

These are the keys to success in Social Media – stay active, share what interests you, follow like-minded people and build your personal brand.  You could be the next Chris Hadfield!

Elaine Beare

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What #ServantLeadership Means To Me

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I have a great passion for Leadership, and in particular for Servant Leadership. Let me give you one reason why.

I became a Toastmaster in May 2012 when I joined EMC Ireland Toastmasters Forum. (My first ten speeches, from the Competent Communicator manual, are available to read on my earliest posts on this blog).

Part of being a Toastmaster is about taking roles at meetings, all which count towards the Competent Leader award. While working through these two manuals I also took on various officer roles. These included VP of Education (May 2012 to June 2014) and President of the Club (July 2014 to June 2015).

I was honoured to then be elected as Area Director for Area 49 which covers five Clubs in Cork; EMC Ireland Toastmasters, Apple Toastmasters, VMware Toastmasters, Bishopstown Toastmasters and Powdermills Toastmasters. This role runs from July 2015 to June 2015. I am also currently serving as Assistant Division Director for PR in Division A, District 71.

For me all of the roles mentioned above have their roots in Servant Leadership. Consider the Toastmasters Missions below: –

Toastmasters International Mission

We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.

District Mission

We build new clubs and support all clubs in achieving excellence.

Club Mission

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Key words from these missions are empower and support.

The description of Servant Leadership on Wikipedia is the servant-leader shares power, puts the needs of others first and helps people develop and perform as highly as possible. 

You can see the similarities between the two. Why Servant Leadership appeals to me is quite simple. I want to share with others what I have learned to help them develop, and support and empower them to succeed.

Toastmasters International Values are Integrity, Respect, Service and Excellence. The skills I learned, and continue to learn, through Toastmasters are transferable and will always be of help to me, and if I can share those skills and what I have learned then how great is that!

Elaine Beare

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Beare Family Tree – Next Steps

Three days into 2016 and I have my plan for next steps on my ever-expanding family tree. It’s time to add some video to my website http://www.bearefamilytree.com!

You can check out the first video which I uploaded to YouTube here. It features John Beare (1780-1867) and his children and grand-children, some of whom emigrated to Canada and Australia. A far flung family within two generations!

Enjoy and stay tuned for more family tree updates 🙂

And of course do give me a shout if you have any comments 🙂

Best regards,

Elaine

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