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“Do you want to triple you income. Join Toastmasters.” — said JJ Hanley, Division E Director at our Annual Toastmasters Awards Night for our club. It was a statement as part of his speech to congratulate the members of our Club, who he had presided over as our Area Director for the year.
It was also very prophetic!
Little did the our club members or JJ Hanley know, but Eugene our sitting club President, had just been promoted to Director of Enterprise Collaboration and had indeed, with the increase in pay, tripled his income. From the time he started at the company to now, his income had tripled.
Eugene as you hear in this episode attributes a lot of his success to Toastmasters and to setting goals.
Eugene Chen is a co-worker, fellow Toastmaster and friend of mine. Eugene and I started working for the same company at about the same time. We worked together on several projects together, and I was always impressed with him and his charisma, drive, determination and his servant spirit.
We joined Toastmasters at the same time as Charter Members when our company started the club. We both started working through the workbooks and progressing through the projects.
Eugene moved into a new role as Internal Community Manager part of our companies new Enterprise Collaboration project. In this role, Eugene thrived and grew.
5 Big Takeaways from talking to Eugene:
- Set Goals
- Break big tasks into smaller tasks
- Set up an action plan
- Know the dates for milestones
- Know where you want to be for those milestones
- Do what it takes to get to those things
What Quote Hangs on Your Wall
Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t want to work hard.
What Habits Help You Achieve You Achieve Your Goals
- A little preparation goes a long way. Always prepare.
- Visualization – see yourself doing what you want to do
Eugene’s book recommendation
Relentless by Tim Grover – Grover trained pro athletes like Michael Jordan
Best advice received in life
The best advice Eugene received from life was from his now former boss, Alex Herbert.
“You have to be yourself.” – Make your work life and personal life the same. Don’t be a different person at work and at play.
Parting Words of Wisdom
Don’t aim for titles. Aim higher. Titles will come when you achieve the higher goal.
Put together a plan for yourself.
Eugene and I are both Toastmasters and recommend anyone that want’s to improve their speaking and presentation skills and / or their leadership skills join a Toastmasters Club. Toastmasters has a Communicator and a Leadership track. Eugene and I encourage doing both.
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