Meet the fixer: Louis Carter of Best Practice Institute

Meet the fixer: Louis Carter of Best Practice Institute
If you’re old enough to remember September 11, 2001, then you know exactly where you were and what you were doing when the four plane hijacking led to one of America’s most tragic moments. For Louis Carter, a then-grad school student in his late 20s, his memory of that day was waking up in an... Read more »

Structured daydreaming: Why daydreaming isn't so bad after all

Structured daydreaming: Why daydreaming isn't so bad after all
I was a pretty good kid in school, but there were two things I would occasionally get report card checks for: talking and daydreaming. The latter one was especially pronounced in third grade with a teacher I absolutely could not stand. I felt no need to argue with her when I felt she was wrong,... Read more »

My dog chronicles: Becoming a professional dog walker

My dog chronicles: Becoming a professional dog walker
You know what kind of day you’re going to have when a pit bull jumps up to your standing height and licks you on the lips. This is my life as a dog walker for Wag* and Rover these days, and I couldn’t be happier about it. Babies versus dogs: Lesson learned While I leaned against the... Read more »
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The highs and lows of being an Uber and Lyft driver

The highs and lows of being an Uber and Lyft driver
At my last corporate job, and my current Toastmasters group, I kept running into co-workers and team members who were Uber or Lyft drivers. Wear and tear on my own car and driving strangers around didn’t really appeal to me. Plus, I had never used Uber or Lyft; I always used Via. On the other... Read more »

Recognizing scam jobs in Chicago: From job applications to interviews

Recognizing scam jobs in Chicago: From job applications to interviews
I took eight years of Spanish in elementary school, high school and college. But when people ask me am I bilingual and I say “yes,” I’m not referring to English and Spanish. I speak “money” fluently. I subscribe to and devour business magazines and blogs (Kiplinger and Business Insider are my current favorites). I like going... Read more »

Toastmaster: Talk about what you want to know, not just what you know now

Toastmaster: Talk about what you want to know, not just what you know now
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” This post is the final blog that concludes a series of eight posts. I have now completed Level 4’s “Compelling Blog” section. I’m obsessed with bathroom upgrades, and talk show host Hasan Minhaj... Read more »
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Toastmasters: Make Drake-level eye contact without being creepy

Toastmasters: Make Drake-level eye contact without being creepy
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4. In an interview I read last year* about Drake, one of my favorite rappers,... Read more »

Toastmasters introductions: Don't let memorizing odd names kick your butt

Toastmasters introductions: Don't let memorizing odd names kick your butt
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4. “I don’t want to accidentally hit you in the nose,” I said. “I’ll be... Read more »

Hey Chicago, comedian Barry Brewer's home -- with Toastmasters tips for humor public speaking

Hey Chicago, comedian Barry Brewer's home -- with Toastmasters tips for humor public speaking
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4. No matter what mood you’re in before you arrive... Read more »
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What's so funny? The 'Engaging Humor' Path launches in Toastmasters Pathways

What's so funny? The 'Engaging Humor' Path launches in Toastmasters Pathways
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4. Do you know what it’s like to marry a Toastmaster? All of our conversations... Read more »