Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Books From Some Fellow Toastmasters

Greetings Happy People,

You can find some amazing people in Toastmasters International.

We not only have great speakers, but great writers as well!! There are books out there that you can check out. Here are some of the literary classics that you can check out for yourself:

1. Greetings Happy People by Jesse Oakley I-I-I

Okay Okay, I know the first one has to be a personal plug for my own book. It is about the positive words and wisdom through the eyes of Mr. I-I-I. Some amazing personal stories and positive lessons from yours truly. It is a great read and you can check it out at either Amazon.com (click here) or BarnesandNoble.com (click here).

2. Vocabhallow by Serena Phillips

Lucinda and Theodore are best friends. Lucinda (Luci) is a fun-filled fairy that likes to take risks and gets into trouble. Theodore is a melancholy dragon who is quiet and shy. Luci and Theodore balance each other’s personalities. They are friends with Eddie the Goblin and Ralph the Troll. James the boy wizard helps them when they get into trouble. Sometimes Necromancer, the forest wizard will need to be called on for assistance too. Using SAT vocabulary words and colorful illustrations makes this story fun and educational. Pronunciations and definitions for the italicized words are found in the back of the book.

To check out Vocabhallow, (click here)

3. Engaging ESL Students: Building Background by Linda Evans

Do you have ESL/ELL students in your mainstream classroom? Mainstream teachers have an awesome responsibility. Demographically, the traditional classroom has changed.

Teachers are expected to teach their content area while simultaneously addressing the needs of students who are not proficient in English language. Here is your complete guide for building background knowledge into your lessons.

You will discover how easy it is to:
• Feel successful now, even if you don't speak the language of your students.
• Have solutions at your fingertips.
• Save time by building background first.
• Read a tip and confidently walk into the next class and use it.

Linda Evans is a trusted expert on the topic of engaging ESL and ELL students.

"Ms. Evans presents extremely effective ways to engage students in learning language, whether they are learning a new language or expanding an existing language. All teachers can use this book," says Mary Louise Sena, Ph.D., Albuquerque, New Mexico.

"Linda's book should be included in every teacher induction program in every school of education because it is filled with easy-to-use strategies that make sense," says Danielle D'Avirro, 8th Grade English Language Arts, North Syracuse, New York.

"Building Background is the missing piece we've needed to activate creative communication with English Language Learners," says Audrey Szewc, 6th Grade Math Teacher, Las Vegas, Nevada.

The powerful linking tools in this book have helped thousands of mainstream teachers to be proactive in their diverse classrooms! You can learn more at www.EngagingESLStudents.com.

To check out Engaging ESL Students: Building Background (click here)

4. The Promise by Sandy Money

It only works if it's open!

I am not telling you what to do or how to do it;

I am just reminding you of the things you already know.

Be grateful for your life, the beauty of the earth, our country, and all other the things you can think of.

Believe you can learn to be great at anything and do anything that you set your mind to.

Change: make that change in the areas that you think are important to you.

Desire, followed by action, is the key to success!

Remember that the universe will give you only what you ask for.

Study, learn, and teach; most of all, have fun!

Be great!

This book is amazing great and detail information how to overcome just about any obstacles that we can face.

To check out The Promise (click here)

5. "Where's My Shoes?": My Father's Walk Through Alzheimer's by Brenda Avadian

Where's My Shoes" demonstrates the joys and awkwardness, fears and uncertainties, responsibilities and outcomes, of caring for one's parent. But most of all, it offers real options and prudent solutions that will benefit anyone faced with this decision. It cannot be denied that "Where's My Shoes?" is a love story. On the surface it tells the true story in real time, as Brenda faces reality and makes hard, yet informed decisions. But between the lines, it's about the youngest daughter taking responsibility for family affairs and the care of her beloved father.

To check out Where's My Shoes (click here)

6. A Victim No More - Coming Summer 2011 from the Professional Women's Network

One of the Authors in this book is my fellow Toastmaster from my home club Starmasters Toastmasters (#3883). Her name is Elizabeth Howard and she is one of many authors that shares there life exeperiences. Something tells me that this will be an amazing book to check out!!

To know more about it (click here)

7. Your Mind Over Habits by Elle Swan

You will never look at yourself the same after reading the formula for conquering bad habits. In this warm and friendly guide to vibrant living, Elle Swan, International Speaker and Coach, shares the fascinating way she lost 67 lbs, defeated substance abuse, and conquered all her self-destructive habits for good. Her expertise is both professional and personal. Imagine what your life could be like if you could say "goodbye" to your unwanted habits once and for all. Elle Swan keeps is real and keeps it simple.

To check out Your Mind Over Habits (click here)

These are 7 books to check out. There are more that are out there written by fellow Toastmasters. If you are a Toastmaster and would like to promote your book to the Happy People, please feel free to contact your guy Mr. I-I-I!! I will be more than happy to pass the word along.

If you would like to be a part of this group of successful people, come to your nearby Toastmasters club. To find one near you, go to the Toastmasters International website (http://www.toastmasters.org). You will not only have an opportunity to improve your communication and leadership skills, but also become a success in your own right.

If these people can do it, you can too!!

That is all I have for now. Take care and thank you for your time and attention.


Jesse I-I-I

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