Discover practical ways to attain personal greatness. My story and others facing adversity and making impossible a reality while honoring my home away from home, the island country of Jamaica.
Self-Help Personal development
||New Jersey, United States
||4 publishers interested
Great keynote speakers are those who have the ability to harness their personal story and connect with their audience by showing parallels of their life to their audience. They present examples of their own achievement and sometimes failures,intertwined with the achievements of others, and by inspiring their audience to go out and take action.
Defining Your Greatness, a Toastmasters Prospective is a compilation of my first 12 Toastmasters International speeches.
As a public speaker, Book Yourself Solid Coach, Education and Training Manager and President of McGuire Achievers Toastmasters Club, this book details my journey from conception in Birmingham, England to Kingston, Jamaica where my parents returned with kids in tow to the land that they love — then to New York City where my siblings and I sought out the American dream. And currently in New Jersey as a Veteran and Reservist in the US Air Force, serving for the past 24 years.
The book details my achievements and achievements of others that rise above the fray due to hard work and commitment to realize their dreams. No matter where you are in life there is evidence that opportunities are presented on a daily basis to allow us to achieve more. We are often inspired through others to move past our own difficulties and triumph within in our own lives. I am committed to helping others cultivate their dreams and aspire to achieve goals. This book is a tool of practical and simple ways people to achieve them.
Table of Contents
The question "What am I doing with my life?" is not exclusive to one culture or nationality. This question seems to be asked by most humans at some point during life. Many of us ask ourselves this question when it seems that our lives are at a crossroad.
As the years passed, my parents longed for their childhood home. They chose as a couple to return home to the sweet, inviting shores of Jamaica. The Birmingham house was sold, family belongings packed, and in October 1974, my mother, older sister, brother and I set sail on a Venezuelan ship named Begonia.
PART I- DREAMING OF GREATNESS AND ACHIEVING IT
Part I chapters 1 through 5 identifies practical steps in achieving your goals and dreams and greatness as you define it.
1. Step into Greatness
2. Greatness through Positivity
3. Meditation a Path for Greatness
4. Believe in the Impossible
5. The Dope on Goal Setting
PART II- PROPER COMMUNICATION: SHARING YOUR STORY OF GREATNESS
So, you've achieved greatness...now what? It's time to help the world with the lessons you have learned. Chapters 6, 7, and 8 provides a basic guide to giving a speech as a way to share your story.
6. The Art of Giving a Speech
7. Proper is not Perfect
8. Connect with Your Audience
I. Jamaica - Interesting facts about Jamaica
II. I Found A Slice of Heaven - A speech that was written for the purpose of demonstrating with visual aids
III. Story of The Begona - The steam ship that broke down in the middle of the ocean and its ultimate fate
Target audience: Toastmasters has served over four million people, and today the organization serves over 352,000 members in 141 countries, through its 16,400 member clubs.
Military members and their families have traveled the world and they all have stories to tell. Many installations have Toastmaster clubs whose members are goal oriented More than 44,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, civilians, and their family members live and work on and around JB MDL, New Jersey
Air Force Reserve command is comprised of over 30 Wings through out the US, of which I belong to the largest on the East Coast with 2,200 members.
Lorraine Cuff is a certified Book Yourself Solid Coach who comes to you with vast experience of entrepreneurship in the hospitality industry. She has served as President of the McGuire Achievers Toastmaster Club at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for 3 consecutive years and is a senior non-commissioned officer in the United States Air Force Reserve. Her current role as a Unit Training Manager requires management of a vigorous training schedule for over 200 Air Transportation Specialist officers and enlisted alike. She also boasts a career Air Reservist with over 24 years of Military service. Lorraine is a veteran who served in OPERATIONS IRAQI & ENDURING FREEDOM. A highly visible manager and influence of her Squadron’s Outreach as well as Communication & Mentoring committees, she is recognized by senior leadership for her highly effective mentoring, creative thinking, and goal oriented approach to solving problems. Lorraine is highly dedicated, conscientious and has a no-nonsense results oriented problem solving strategy coupled with a hard-driving work ethic. Master Sergeant Cuff is the 2013 recipient of the 514th Air Mobility Wing Chief Antoinette Koleniskov Mentoring Award.
My website (http://lorrainecuff.com/dyg/) is published with several updates being accomplished. Updates include a page referencing the book and a link to pre-order. The book will be promoted on my LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook pages using my campaign video and Facebook Live
I am an active member of several organization of which I network with their membership regularly. First being Toastmaster International (https://www.toastmasters.org/about/who-we-are ). My local club McGuire Achievers is one of twenty clubs in Division D located in Central and South Jersey. There are 20 clubs in Division D with 441 members within a 30 mile radius. I have developed a presentation to deliver as a speech at club meetings.
Second major organization is Women Veterans Rock Advisory Council (https://www.womenvetsrock.org/about/partnership/), a National Affiliate Network which includes partnership with Zeta Phi Beta (http://zphib1920.org/). Zeta Phi Beta Sorority has a membership of 125,000+ college-educated, dynamic, community service driven, diverse and professional women.
And then there is my military network of 2,200 locally and 83,308 nationally.
Following this campaign, a digital press kit will be created for the book launch party in Jamaica for further promotion and to re-energize sales via social media and local events.
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PART I- DREAMING GREATNESS AND ACHIEVING IT
Practically everyone dreams about being successful. It is an innate human tendency to look and hope our potential is equal to what we envision our future to be. Unfortunately, not everyone achieves their dreams. Why is this? Typically, it isn't because they lack the ability to achieve those dreams but rather people often fail to equip themselves with the necessary tools needed. The illusion that plagues many is that all they need to do is dream and greatness will be magically appear. The idea, in essence, follows a mentality that a want will become reality with very minimal action on a persons' part. This manner of thought is nonsense! Mystery really doesn't exist when it comes to greatness. No dream is ever reached without planning and hard work, period. And success and greatness are not exceptions to this rule. Let's get started helping you discover how to reach your personal greatness!