Black Friday: The power of preparation

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Did you wake up at 4am on Black Friday to get a jump on the holiday shopping? You may thing that only a crazy few of us were out there driving in the dark, but you’d be wrong. One CNN report estimates 134 million shoppers were out yesterday, although better stats are expected in the […]

Speaking Tips: Using Notes

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Have you ever heard someone tell you that you shouldn’t use notes in a speech? It almost sounds impossible, doesn’t it? Imagine having to give a lengthy presentation, and you suddenly draw a blank. How do you handle it without a reference to where you should be? Here’s the secret: Go ahead and use notes. […]

Speaking Tips: Meeting Expectations

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At this weekend’s Toastmasters District 22 Fall Conference in Topeka Kansas, many people had the opportunity to see some outstanding presentations, including some fantastic contest speeches. Watching these marvelous efforts, the question came to my mind of how these contestants handle that “next speech” in their home club after working so hard to give a contest-quality speech.  I didn’t just think […]

The Drive to Topeka

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I just received Darren LaCroix’s two new CDs, Secrets from a World Champion Speaker Coach and Speak Outside of Your Club for Fun, Profit, and Club Building. Both are single CDs and less than an hour each. This means I should be able to listen to both of them on my drive to Topeka tomorrow […]

Book Review: What the Dog Saw

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Over the past week or so, I’ve been reading the CD version of Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book, What the Dog Saw in my car. If you’re a fan of Gladwell’s, you won’t be disappointed in this work. He does a fantastic job of analyzing some commonly held beliefs and reported stories, giving the reader a unique […]

Speaking about ACE your Conclusion

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Wednesday evening I gave an 8-minute speech titled ACE your Conclusion for my Toastmaster’s club, the Boeing Acievers #3990. Take a look right here. The speech was from the Entertaining Speaker manual, speech #2 – resources for entertainment. In this project I  was supposed to use examples from other sources, so I chose information from […]