A New Celebrity

Although I am someone who has embraced social media to the fullest, and I can honestly say that I do  believe that  it is a great way to connect to the world, I still feel that it is also home to the new type of celebrity. We all know the  type of celebrity in question….

The Pre-contest Fears

Contrary to popular belief, one gets more nervous about talking in public as he or she  gains more public speaking experience. This is the state I am in now. In two days, I am competing in a Toastmasters contest and I am, for the first time in years, feeling nervous about it. In the past,…

Collective Silence

Yesterday evening, I had an hour to kill between work and a photography class I am taking. So, with a good book in my purse , I headed to a cafe close to my class-center to read. As soon as I walked in, I instantly felt a sense of calm, as the place was quiet….

An Imperfect Balance

If someone is too happy then they have something to hide. I know that sounds harsh but this is what I truly believe. If a person is in their late twenties or thirties or even older and he or she is only talking about their success, their achievements, their triumphs, and their positive outlook on…

Words that Inspire

After speaking for many years and writing speeches for many, I have learned that a good speech is one that touches the audience. Sure, knowing who your audience is helps, and knowing the space does too. But then again those are tips you would find in any public speaking manual. For me, I learned from…

Does Blah Exist ?

I had stated this fact  before but I will state it again ! Not one Toastmasters meeting goes by without giving me something to think about. This is the real value of public speaking, someone just has to say something thought provoking. Now I might not always agree with the person I’m listening to, nor…

The Laughing Bug

They say yawning is contagious, negativity is contagious, but fortunately laughing is contagious too.  After all people  by nature strive to be part of the group so, they do what others are doing. Personally I didn’t believe that one person laughing loudly would be the inspiration behind  over 20 people doing the same, but yesterday…

Change !

Throughout the last week, I have been hearing people talk about embracing change. It is as if everyone around me is trying to reinvent themselves or even the world at large for that matter. I guess the quest to seek something new has been the force that had fueled the growth of civilizations. In fact,…

25 Minutes Late- A work of fiction

Creative challenge #2- Today the creative challenge was to write a story using every sense but sight. This is what I came up with. “Thank You” said the automated attendance system in its robotic tone. The doors clicked open, and Karma’s high heels patted the hard wooden floor leading to her desk.  She slipped a…

Laila

Cafes in Jordan are different. Everything about this country is different, but I’m not homesick. I have been here for 20 years and I’m still not homesick. When I first came to Jordan, I was a 20-year-old student learning Arabic. My original plan was to come to this country for a few months, learn Arabic,…

Losing It

For those of you who don’t know me personally, for years I have been talking about losing weight. But, for years, I have also been failing miserably at that pursuit. You see,  I am a recovering stress eater. If something stressed me out, I ate. Now, this would have been fine if I was not…