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2016 Toastmasters Convention - Pathways Update

Coming this week at the international convention, Toastmasters International is scheduled to have a Pathways booth for members to see a demo of the new program. As a reminder, Pathways is our new educational program, coming from the REP efforts you’ve hopefully heard about before. I was contacted this week as a Chief Ambassador of
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2016 Lady and the Champs - Patricia Fripp

Selling Yourself, Your Ideas, Your Expertise with Patricia Fripp Recently one of Patricia’s clients told her the story about a potenial client who asked her to tell them about her company. After she finished, they said thank you and that was it.  Patricia told her, “You answered the question they asked, not the question they
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2016 Lady and the Champs - Ed Tate

Ed spoke about Designing any Training in 15 minutes Ed had us get in groups and discuss our successes and challenges. These groups allowed us to brainstorm a lot of ideas quickly, and then Ed had us come back to the main group and report our top answers. Some of the training successes: – Think,
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2016 Lady and the Champs - Women in Speaking

No matter how much I learn about speaking, there’s always room to gain insights and new ways to connect with an audience. This weekend, I get my annual chance by attending Lady and the Champs. There was a specific panel on Women Professional Speakers, including Patricia Fripp, Janelle Barlow, Judi Moreo, Cathey Armillas, and Jennifer
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Should you write?

More times than I can count, as a speaker I’ve been advised to write and I’ve heard other speakers advised to write. Write a book, write articles, write a blog. Write…write…write. Why??????? I’ve heard some pretty good reasons 1. Establish your credibility 2. Earn income 3. Organize your thoughts The first two reasons are probably
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I was watching Alan Weiss recently on Periscope, and he was discussing self worth. One of his pieces of advice was to “learn to ignore unsolicited feedback”. In a shocking twist, this made me think of Toastmasters. As a speaker in Toastmasters, I get a lot of feedback. Every speech I give, which is on average 2-4
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As I was working on my speech for the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, I was listening to a storytelling lesson by Darren LaCroix, and he reminded me of a lesson that another World Champion, Ed Tate, teaches: Start your speech at the scene of the crime. He calls this the CSI opening – just like the
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Today I attended a half day session with FranklinCovey in Kansas City. One segment of the training was titled Presentation Advantage and obviously is a topic I am familiar with. I was curious what take FranklinCovey had on this topic, and how it would differ from Toastmasters. Purpose: This program defined a presentation as “The sharing
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