Toastmasters: 2 pages = a speech

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A friend of mine (I’ll call him Paul) made this comment to me last night: “You know, it just takes two pages to make a speech.” He was referencing that we both are avid readers, and in any book we’ve read we could generate a Toastmasters Speech out of an idea from just a couple of […]

Book Review: The Six Figure Speaker

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The Six Figure Speaker, Formula for a Six-Figure Income as a Professional Speaker was written by Cathleen Fillmore. It is a series of short, easy to digest chapters discussing different aspects of being a professional speaker, with real world examples from other successful speakers and writers. What’s great about this book: Very concise. Lots of great, specific […]

Toastmasters: Adaptive Speaking

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Judges training today in Springfield was a lot of fun. No…No…I haven’t been drinking. Making a few adaptations on the fly really made the session go well, and I was able to elicit a few laughs in an otherwise dry topic. Mistake: Not establishing a Q&A policy up front Adapt: I had a few questions early […]

Toastmasters: Ideas and Thoughts

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This is a quick compilation of some Marketing Posts from our District 22 Blog: A case for a strange idea – this post describes an idea to support low-member clubs and help some clubs make distinguished status this month The Club VP of Education: Key to Membership Retention – this describes how the VP of Education […]

Speaking tips: The Power of Kryptonite

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Krypton is probably the most famous planet that never really existed (with respect to fans of Vulcan). The concept of that piece of Superman’s home world taking away his power is an analogy that rarely needs to be explained, and works on multiple levels. I’m not sure if I’m a super <S> speaker, but I found a piece […]

Find your message

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Do you struggle to get your ideas heard and remembered? Maybe you are having trouble deciding what your core message is? Maybe you don’t know that you need a core message? In the book Made to Stick – Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath, the authors discuss a logical and repeatable two […]

Speechwriting: Creating an Introduction

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This Thursday I’m giving a speech about how to create your own introduction. Key points: you provide the introduction to the MC (or Toastmaster). The introduction should meet these three criteria: Set the Stage – What does your audience need to hear? – How will they be helped? – What can they expect? Establish credibility […]