How to Give a Toast

Life is full of special occasions; someday you may be called on to say a few relevant words or give a formal toast. If you're not well prepared, your best intentions can fall flat. Learn what to do -- and what not to do -- to make the most of the moment.

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Competent Communication manual - Project 7 - Research Your Topic: Composting, time to step it up again...

I’ve been composting for a little over a year now which has given me plenty of time to step up my game. I started with a single compost tumbler and quickly realized that I needed at least two more in order to keep a steady cycle going. Lucky for me Rick Sebree had two that he gave to me. This spring all three of them were full cooking, and I decided that it was time to build a compost heap to handle my yard waste. Now I’m to the point that I’ve decided that I must do something more in order to reduce my impact on the earth. What impact, you say? The impact of fuel being consumed to take my waste to the landfill. The impact of that fuel burning and adding to the greenhouse gasses that are affecting our ecosystem and the impact of the materials decomposing underground without air, thus producing methane gas which add to the greenhouse gasses.


Word: Heinous

Definition: Atrocius, hatefully bad

Use: he was given a life sentence for the heinous crime.

Blonde Joke

A friend told the blond: "Christmas is on a Friday this year." The blond said, "Let's hope it's not the 13th."


If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. ~ Tim Ferriss

Competent Communication manual - Project 6 - Vocal Variety: I want the real deal or, at least tell me what I’m really getting

Pssst, I've got a great deal for you. Wanna buy a Rolex? I'll give you a great deal, just $30. 

Most of us know this scenario and understand why it's such a great deal. Those that buy it know what they are getting and are perfectly fine with it.

How about this scenario:

I've got a genuine rolex that I'll sell you for a great price. Only $5000. This may be a good deal, unless you get home and find out that it's a fake. Then it's quite a tragedy. 


Competent Communication manual - Project 5 - Your Body Speaks: Burnout


Imagine the coolest car you have ever seen doing an absolutely awesome burnout in an empty parking lot. This is not just any burnout, this one is spectacular. Imagine the sound of the tires squealing, the smoke billowing out from where the tire meets the pavement. Then... POW! [Hand Clap]. The pressure and stress cause the tires to explode.
What I’m here to talk about tonight is burnout: What is burnout? The effects, some common causes, and some steps that can be taken to prevent or reduce the effects.

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