Writing the Icebreaker: Part two

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In Part one, you learned the first steps to creating an Icebreaker speech; the first speech you will give in your Toastmasters club. For this lesson, we’ll take our example message and work on our opening remarks. You may wonder how we can craft these without determining our three main points, right? Good call. Let’s draft […]

Writing vs Speaking – is there a difference?

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I read another great post today on Men with Pens. This post, titled How to find your writing voice leads with the same picture as this post (yes, I stole it). My point: when you want to find your speaking voice, you may want to start by examining your writing voice. In fact, the main […]

Writing the Icebreaker: Part one

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For the next few days, let’s learn about crafting an Icebreaker speech for a Toastmasters meeting. The Icebreaker is generally the first speech given in a Toastmasters club, and sometimes elicits a bit of anxiety in new members. For most speaking, I would suggest beginning with some audience analysis. Who is your audience and how […]

Professional Speaking: The one-pager

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Are you using the best market tools at your disposal? What have you shipped lately? In the book The Six Figure Speaker, author Cathleen Fillmore discusses a “one-pager” as the One Essential Marketing Tool for professional speakers. Here are the components of the one-pager as described: – Bio – Personal logo and mission statement – […]

Toastmasters: Why the DCP?

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Are you a member who struggles to understand (or care about) the Distinguished Club Program? Imagine yourself at a running track, and all of your Toastmasters club members are there too. You are there to improve your communication, leadership and running skills. You join at the starting line, and you receive your CC and CL manuals. Around the corner […]

Toastmasters: Starting the new year

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We’re already on the road to having a great year! Over 380 Officer positions were trained this season just in June! Great job to all of those that helped with TLIs in Wichita, Topeka, Springfield, Overland Park and Liberty. A few idiosyncracies about our official transition from 30 June to 1 July: Toastmaster’s International’s reports will be […]