November 2009

ASTD Club Evening: Tough Climate – Tough Personal Development

As HR professionals, we link learning to strategic goals. It is our responsibility to facilitate learning, coach and teach others how to make a difference.

But who are we forgetting?

Ourselves perhaps? Maybe we should be asking ourselves whether WE are the model of personal growth and development.

Find out at this interactive workshop facilitated by Claire Dickson, Executive Coach, HR Solutions, and Lucie Melicharova, Managing Director, Learn2grow, when they discuss personal development in tough times.

Date:Thursday December 3, 2009 at 18:00

For more information about ASTD in the Czech Republic:

Speak Up and Speak Out! Your Voice In Business

Have you ever been told your voice is not loud enough when giving a presentation or speaking in public? That it sounds too high or monotonous? Perhaps you simply want to speak more confidently.

The voice is one of the key tools needed to communicate effectively within the business and professional environment. SPEAK UP and SPEAK OUT! is a series of six Voice Training Workshops designed to help you improve your vocal powers and speak with confidence and authority. Each session will focus on a different aspect of voice, and will provide participants with opportunities for training, practice, and constructive feedback.

Date: November 18, November 25, December 9, 2009
January 13, January 20, January 27

Time: 18.30 to 21.00

Place TBA

Price 4500 CZK for all 6 sessions

Workshop Instructor: Anezka Novak

For registration and further information please  contact Anezka at  or by phone at: +420 776 566 018. Limited to 10 participants.

Rotary International (

What would it take to change the world? Rotary International is the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self.

The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.

Members usually meet weekly for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which is a social event as well as an opportunity to organize work on their service goals.

This objective is further set against the “Rotarian four-way test”, used to see if a planned action is compatible with the Rotarian spirit. The test was developed by Rotarian and entrepreneur Herbert J. Taylor during the Great Depression as a set of guidelines for restoring faltering businesses and was adopted as the standard of ethics by Rotary in 1942. It is still seen as a standard for ethics in business management:

1.      Is it the truth?

2.      Is it fair to all concerned?

3.      Will it build good will and better friendships?

4.      Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

This month, the Rotary Club Prague international is organizing two charitable events which you are all welcome to attend;

Concert on November 25

Prague International has decided to help again by raising money through a benefit concert to help Domov Sue Ryder refurbish and buy new equipment for their day care centre. This concert is being held in the church of Saints Jude and Simona in Prague Old Town. Three very well known Czech performers – Simona Houda Saturová (soprano), Jan Talich (violin) and Pavel Kaspar (pianist) are donating their time for this event and helping to promote DSR’s work.

Golden Wheel Party on November 27

This year Pre-Xmas party at the Diplomat hotel is bound to be more fun, more games and even more popular than last time. You can already register if you plan to attend. You, your family and your friends are invited to join us. For only 500Kc per person you will experience a great night out including food, wine, magical entertainment, music and dancing.

Calendar of Events & Activities

November 12 Power Lunch: Law #45 – Preach the need for change
November 24 Prague Speakers Forum Training: Presenting with confidence and ease
November 25 Rotary Charity Concert in v Kostele Svatych Simona a Judy church at 19:30
November 27 Golden Wheel Party- Rotary Pre-Christmas party at the Diplomat Hotel at 7pm
December 3 ASTD: Tough Climate-Tough Personal Development
December 8 Power Lunch: Law # 46 – Never appear too perfect

Coaching Tip of the Month: Think, Believe, Dream and Dare

An eight-year-old boy approached an old man in front of a wishing well, looked up into his eyes, and asked: “I understand you’re a very wise man. I’d like to know the secret of life.”

The old man looked down at the youngster and replied: “I’ve thought about that a lot in my lifetime, and the secret can be summed up in four words.

The first is to Think. Think about the values you wish to live your life by.

The second is to Believe. Believe in yourself based on the thinking you’ve done about the values you’re going to live your life by.

The third is to Dream. Dream about the things that can be, based on your belief in yourself and the values you’re going to live by.

The last is to Dare. Dare to make your dreams become reality, based on your belief in yourself and your values.”

And with that, Walter E. Disney said to the little boy, “Think, Believe, Dream, and Dare.”

Author Unknown