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Videos

John Dennison's Icebreaker Speach to Toastmasters

It's been a while since I was on the platform as a public speaker. In case you didn't know, I got sick and spent several months in the hospital with a long rehab afterwards. It's still going on.

I thought it best to get back on the horse and ride, and what better way than with Toastmasters? So I joined a local club a couple weeks ago and it's been fun -- though way too early in the morning (7:00 a.m.) for my taste.

The first speech members have to give is called an Icebreaker, telling them something about you. After much thought, I named it after Joni Mitchell's "Big Yellow Taxi." In it I talk about appreciating your life, especially the things we all take for granted.

It's my story. From trying to change the world, to losing the ability to speak and be heard, it's the first time I talk about my ordeal. It was quite emotional, not that I had intended it to be.

It was good to start talking about it. Maybe one day I'll even be comfortable enough to work it into my speeches, and share some of the tools I used to get back and the lessons I learned from it all.

They taped it, and here it is. I hope you'll give a listen.

Overview of what I might offer you (with video)

I don't know about you, but one of the hardest things for me is trying to fit myself into a nice neat little package for others to know what I'm about and what I might offer them.

It's really a confusing process at times, because to me there's no separation among the many aspects of myself and my effort in the world. Nevertheless, trying to communicate it clearly can be quite difficult, for me at least.

Back during my law practice days, some of my most uncomfortable moments were at networking events when someone would ask, "So what do you specialize in?"

John Introduces the MissionLaunch Project

John talks about the MissionLaunch project, where you can develop your calling
into a mission that makes a difference in your life, and in the world.

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