Toastmasters: Contests help you get better

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Have you heard (or read) opinions about how competing, and even winning, a Toastmasters contest has no real value in “regular” speaking? I have, and I find it very confusing. With the exception of some very specific types of speaking, such as debates, I can’t understand why people have trouble translating great contest speeches into […]

Book Preview: Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars

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Hooray for long titles! Seriously, I just received Success Secrets of the Social Media Marketing Superstars by Mitch Meyerson. I’ve been waiting for this book, so rather than wait for Sunday to do a review after I finish reading it, I thought I would clue you in to a great purchase you can make today. Mitch […]

World Championship: Proposal for next year

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Since I posted by review of the speeches in the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking, I received hundreds of hits and may positive comments from Toastmasters (and others) around the world. Although this is a bit early, I’m going to propose to expand my coverage next year. I’ll be looking for fellow attendees and […]

Convention: Lesson 1 – Responsibility

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As I walked into the room, there we no people there. There was, however, a good size stage and about 300 chairs, silent in anticipation of a future audience. I decided to step up the stairs to the 12X24 foot platform, and ponder giving a presentation in front of an audience filling that room. I thought […]

Book Review: Carolyn 101

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At the Toastmasters International Convention, I was fortunate to hear and later meet Carolyn Kepcher, founder of workherway.com, star of NBC’s The Apprentice, and author of Carolyn 101 Business Lessons from The Apprentice’s Straight Shooter. When Carolyn accepted Toastmaster’s Golden Gavel Award at the convention, she gave an amazing, entertaining, and memorable acceptance speech for the […]

Toastmasters: Lessons from the International Speech Contest

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As I watched the International Speech Contest at the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention, I noticed a few things that, in my opinion, truly contributed to the best speaker being recognized as the World Champion. First, without a doubt is have a message. This may be a no-brainer, but in two years of watching the finals and […]

Toastmasters Convention – Lessons for next year

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By now you know there’s a big speech contest every year at the Toastmasters International Convention, right? But wait, there’s more. There’s a whole Convention going on during the Convention! And. It’s. Fun. Here are my tips on the best way you, fellow toastmaster, can (and should!) experience the convention next year. 1. Go (duh). You can’t get […]

Toastmasters Convention – President’s Dinner Dance

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It’s been a fast-paced week with a plethora of opportunities for Toastmaster from around the globe. Personally, I had a wonderfull time and accomplished a lot in this much-too-short Convention. It all culminated tonight with the final dinner event, the International President’s Dinner Dance (ticket required). At this event, the new International President assumed responsibility […]

Toastmasters Convention – The International Speech Contest

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Today, Toastmasters International held its Annual Speech Contest here at the convention (We also had a business meeting this morning, but an evil virus ate that post…sorry). Crowned the 2010 World Champion of Public Speaking was David Henderson, with his speech titled The Aviators. Why did David win? I think that beyond the obvious speaking […]