Last week, I gave an Impromptu speech from the Toastmasters Specialty speaking manual. I created 5 topics, and one was choosen at random then I had to  deliver a 5 – 7 minute inpromtu speech on the choosen topic.

The five topics I choose were Must Love Data, Dad’s Life Lessons, Passive Listening, Books, and Writing. The Toastmaster choose Dad’s Life Lessons.

The point of the speech was to come up with an impromptu talk so I didn’t have a rough draft to post. I’m trying to remember what I talked about to rewrit it her. Next time I do one of these I’ll definition want to record it.

Fellow Toastmasters and Guests,

My father passed away almost four years ago. I was fortunate to have him be a major part of my life until I became an adult. I have two young kids and my father’s death had me thinking about how my kids would remember me.

The Book

That’s why I want to write a simple book for each of my kids that will discuss the thing I find important in life. Something I call dad’s life lessons. They’ll be a simple sentence about something they should pay attention to in life. I also want to include a picture that relates to each topic.

This book isn’t about being perfect. These lessons aren’t like Thoureau or Whitman. This is me. My imperfect self and that’s the way I want them to remember me. None of us are perfect. Life isn’t perfect but it’s what you make of it.


The goal of this book is to make sure my kids realize some important life lessons that are also funny and remind them to never quit being a child. The other day, my wife sent me a quote from Picasso about a child being an artist.

“Every child is an artist. The hard part is staying an artist as you grow up.”

-Pablo Picasso

This is my main goal for my children. I want to them to as Thoreau said, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you’ve imagined.” I want my kids to realize that they have the power to do whatever they want in life. We’re all been born with a golden ticket. Will you use it?

There are two sides to everything in life. Look at the financial markets. For every seller there is a buyer and vice versa. In the midst of the 2000 dotcom recession, google was created.  When everyone was saying the internet was dead, Gary Vaynerchuk was buying up wine keywords on Google and creating wine library TV.

What are the opportunities in your life?

I want my children to understand there is always a place to think about possibility. Most of us live in a world of endless possibilities.