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Mighty Mouse, Nudity & Life Lessons

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Who needs fiction when this is real life? I worked this story last night at Toastmasters. I’m cooking up to get onto The Moth main stage by the fall. #latestgoal Needs some work, but always love to share the early progress;) I leave you with this: What do you do that brings both joy to you and to others? How can you... Read More

Toastmasters: Got my wings!

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A month or so ago, when I spoke at Dwight, and then just a couple weeks later when I spoke at Camp Bravehearts, I was curious that there wasn’t much of a nervous bone in my body. Excited yes, but nervous no. I usually get a pit in my stomach when I think about my speech and how I haven’t... Read More

Born For This!

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I attended a Gabby Bernstein event Friday night with Yoga Journal Live after what felt like the longest day ever. I had a 45 min keynote in the morning that I was up at 5:30AM preparing for, and then I had six straight sessions back-to-back of drug and alcohol discussions with high school students at Dwight. Gabby’s theme for the evening... Read More

The Gift of Your Music

kat hurley, toastmasters, new york, feedback, best speaker
“Don’t die with your music still in you,” was one of the late Wayne Dyer’s favorite quotes. I’m almost certain he said it in every one of his lectures. It was a quote that troubled me for several years when I first heard it, back in early 2008: “But what’s my music?!” I knew I had gifts to give to... Read More

The Vulnerability Muscle

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Elisa made a rare appearance at Toastmasters tonight. It had been months since her last speech, so it was a treat to see her get up there. We’ve been so busy, I hardly knew what she was to speak about. I had a meeting (with branding designer guru for podcast development;) in Manhattan beforehand. She and I met at the... Read More

Little Loss, Still a Big Win

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Tonight I competed in the Area Contest for Round 2 of Toastmasters International. Last year I made it to the 3rd round. I’m a better speaker this year. I had a better speech. I was confident. This was the game face, even! But, no W. I got second. I spoke first. I felt good about my speech. When the second speaker... Read More

Winning By the Skin of My Teeth

kat hurley, george whitely, toastmasters, international, club level, winners, 2016
Last night I had the pleasure of competing against four friends in the first stage of Toastmaster’s International Competition 2016. I honestly would have been happy if any of us had won–part of the reason I love this club so much. When they called me up for the second place win, I was naturally disappointed, but it made sense. I... Read More