Speaking Tips: Don’t do it all alone

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As a member of Toastmasters, I’ve had the good fortune to have many experienced speakers provide me with guidance, feedback, and advice. Toastmasters uses the term Mentor to describe the person who helps you reach your goals. Although many members can act in that capacity, usually you only have one named as your mentor. What […]

Public Speaking: Editing for Speakers

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What is the difference between writing and editing? For the purpose of this post, and to help draw a contrast to yesterday’s post “Writing for Speakers“, I’ll define these terms simply as follows: Writing is the process of putting your thoughts on paper (or the Internet) Editing is the process of making your writing palatable to others […]

Public Speaking: Writing for Speakers

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Should a speech be written before it is practiced and presented? I’ve heard a variety of answers to that question, and I’ve even made different choices in my own speaking experience. In this post, you’ll learn some specific tips on when you should answer yes, and when you may want to answer no. Sometimes, the answer […]

Contest Speeches

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I had the good fortune to be able to watch 3 Toastmasters contests today, and I saw some outstanding humorous speeches. What I saw made me laugh,and it made me think about the differences in contest speeches and other presentations.  To be honest, there is one significant similarity that any contestant needs to remember. It’s […]

On course?

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When it comes to your future, do you feel that you are on the right course, or are you “all over the map”? When I was working on my pilot’s license last year, I learned the difference between course and heading. Yes, they have similar definitions, but they are the difference between getting to your […]

I’m not reading fast enough

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How many books do you read per week? Per month? Per year? I’m told that once Americans finish school, on average, they read less than one non-fiction book the rest of their lives. Ouch. Since I know many folks who do choose to read, at least from time-to-time, I have to believe this means there are a […]