Two Moves Ahead

I’m a strong believer in continuous education to get better and to make more contribution. In addition to training at work, I usually add reading and personal training.

Most probably heard about MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). Some well known providers are Coursera, Edx, Udacity.

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For example, I’m taking a Marketing Course by Wharton University. The contents here is part of their MBA course. This is a 2 months course with 3 Quizzes and a final exam. The course is free, I’m taking the “Signature Track” for a small fee, that means if I pass 75% or better, they issue a Certificate.

I learnt a few things so far on MOOC courses:

First the content is better than I expect. The professors in my Marketing course did put in effort in both their slides as well as their videos to bring the message across.

Second, online learning requires lots of discipline. Most of us are busy and it takes effort and a good mind set to stay with the course till the end.

To keep my momentum, I already sign up for two courses below after the Marketing one that ends in mid December.

Android_Apps

My aim is to takes course that can add values to my professional career as well as those that are either practical or different. What we leant in one area can be applicable to a different field.

Business Strategy

What training have you taken recently that you really enjoy?

Dzung Vuong, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

Dzung_Vuong_DTMIt is my great honor to receive the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) status. For this, I received a plaque that said:

Distinguished Toastmaster

recognition is given to

Dzung T. Vuong

by

TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL

for outstanding accomplishment and

                                                                                                             leadership excellence in the pursuit of

the mission of Toastmasters International

Here is an extract from Wikipedia:

Distinguished Toastmaster

“Toastmasters awards its highest honor, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), to members who have achieved both the Advanced Communication Gold and Advanced Leader Silver awards. To achieve the DTM typically takes five to eight years of dedicated service and leadership in at the local club and area (or higher) levels. DTM candidates must also perform more than 40 public presentations (as part of earning the prerequisite Competent Communicator and Advanced Communicator awards). More than 20,000 of Toastmaster’s 4 million past and present members have achieved the elite DTM status. Some dedicated Toastmasters members have achieved multiple DTM designations. Members who have earned their DTM are usually honored and presented with a medal at a district conference following their achievement.”

I would like to express my sincere thanks and gratitude to a few here. There are hunded of people who had helped and who have great influence on my learning.

  • All Toastmasters especially who are from District 2
  • My fellow members & friends from former and current clubs or whom I worked with: Kirkland Eclectics, Leading Edge Toastmasters, Create WOW!, Bellevue-talk-a-lot, Willows Voices, Flash Talkers & former Area 53 Clubs when I was Area Governor
  • My work colleagues, & managers
  • My guidance committee for my HPL (High Performance Leadership) project: Eric, Paul, Lee & Lily
  • The Toastmaster who has the greatest positive impact on me: Paul Y, former Kirkland Eclectics Toastmasters Club
  • My children and my wife for their understanding and their support

Thank you all. The learning journey continues each day.

Additional Resource:

Toastmasters International

District 2 Toastmasters

Toastmasters on Wikipedia