25 Days and Counting

Today marks the 25th day of my 100 days of blogging challenge. I started this challenge  not knowing if I will be able to continue, but I’m quarter of the way past the starting point, and quitting now just seems like a silly idea.  Many people would ask me why I decided to do this,…

The Secret of Success

I know that you were compelled to read more when you saw the title of my post. After all, we all want to know the secret formal for success. What is really funny about our eagerness to read more on this topic is that there isn’t really anything new to be said about it. In…

An Important Lesson

Yesterday, and for the first time in my life, I planned to talk in a non-toastmaster, non-work related event. The reasoning behind that was that as a person who claims to be a good speaker, I should be able to talk in front of anyone. Well, things didn’t go that way. You see, I arrived…

The Powerful People

In Jordan the Toastmasters are a powerful group of people. However, their power doesn’t come from their family names, their tribes, their background, or their money. It comes from within. In fact, it is the direct product of their ability to employ the merits of good communication in order to deliver a message. Yesterday, at…

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,…

The Fake Sense of Importance

“My daughter is always busy. She is the manager of a whole division in her organization,” said the proud woman when she was asked what her daughter did for living.  Does this sound familiar to you? I’m sure it does.  After all, we live in a society where people like to seem busy , because…

A Sweet Competition

  We all talk about healthy competitions, sweet competitions, and harmless competition but these can never be achieved at a workplace or in real life. Too much is at stake for so many people, and in a country like Jordan where “Wasta” prevails so many people take on jobs they are not even qualified for….

They Got it Right

Many people from older generations complain about Millennials (i.e. those people born between the years of 1982 and 1994). They claim that they are spoilt or that they have this innate sense of entitlement. We often hear that people making up this segment of the society seem to believe that they are special and that…

The Dream Crushers

We claim to encourage the kids and teenagers in our families to follow their dreams. We say that we want  them to run after their creative calling and that we wish for  them be the people they are meant to be. However, in reality we are pre-programmed to do just the opposite. Does this sound…

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,…

When Communication is Power

Last Wednesday, I saw the movie Invictus, with a group of friends, and what that movie did for me was reinforce my already strong belief in the power of communication and the force of inspiration. This is one feel-good movie that leaves you with many quotes to ponder on without being too deep to handle….