Sunday Morning Coffee

Sunday mornings radio programs and papers offered a few interesting items for Toastmasters.

NPR’s Weekend Edition Sunday offered this item

Christopher J. Nassetta, president and chief executive of Hilton Worldwide, shared this observation in The Corner Office column in The New York Times contained this information

Q. Let’s shift to hiring. What questions do you ask?

A. The one thing I am always trying to figure out first and foremost with people is what makes them tick, and what motivates them. And are they good communicators? Even the smartest people in the world, if they can’t communicate in what is a very big matrix organization like ours that requires collaboration, they are not going to be able to persuade and motivate people, and that is going to be a problem. Another thing I am always looking for is humility. I’m not looking for big egos.

Davis Maraniss shared this anecdote about President Obama in today’s Washington Post. I think it says a lot about our  responsibility as speakers.

At Punahou School 34 years ago, one of his English teachers asked the class a philosophical question about what people should most fear. Classmates said death, hell, loneliness, war — and then Barry Obama straightened up and delivered his answer. “Words,” he said. “Words are the power to be feared most.”

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