Ice Breaker – Self Improvement

April 25, 2014 — 3 Comments

Each week on The Stretched Blog, I ask an ice breaker question. The questions are designed to help us get to know each other here in The Stretched Community. I’ll provide my answer to the question here in the post, and then you can leave your response in the comments. While you’re in the comments section, see how others answered the ice breaker question.

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Question:  What is one thing about yourself you would like to improve in the next year?  What is one step you will take to meet this goal?

My Answer:  I would love to improve my public speaking skills.  I was just featured in my first podcast on the Quality Living Made Simple Podcast (Click here to list to the podcast).  For my first interview, I think I did okay in response to the questions from host Joshua Rivers.  When I listened to the interview for the first time last night, I realized that I need to do a much better job removing filler words like “um”, “ah”, “so”, and “you know.”  I expect I will have some other speaking opportunities and interview opportunities related to my job, my writing, and my other interests.  I want to be prepared to bring my best whenever I speak in public.

To this end, I recently joined a local chapter of Toastmasters International.  This is an organization designed to help members improve their public speaking and leadership skills.  I’m looking forward to seeing how this activity will help me improve in my public speaking.

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Jon Stolpe


Christ-follower, husband, dad, engineer, manager, runner, blogger, sax player, group life fan, freelance writer, and the list goes on...
  • David Stolpe

    Officially I must complete my PDP to renew my principal license this year and I hope to focus on disciplinary interventions for students with emotional behavioral disorders. I also hope to shed a few pounds this summer. More biking, less eating especially before I go to bed.

  • Larry Carter

    Great idea to join Toastmasters. I have contemplated that as well. I want to get in better shape. I actually want to run 20 miles on my birthday, with a goal of running 50 on my 50th.

  • Lily Kreitinger

    Welcome to Toastmasters, Jon! You are going to love it! It’s an awesome organization and I have enjoyed being part of it for over two years. One thing I want to improve in the coming year is incorporating exercise in my life. I will do this by carving an extra 20 mins in the morning or evening to practice yoga at home, which I love.