Waiting vs. Failing

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Have you ever told your boss, “I’m waiting on [somebody] to get back to me?” The question is, can the boss tell the difference between you waiting and you failing? I’ve never had a boss respond positively to that kind of statement. Do you know why? 1. Waiting implies inaction. No…actually waiting says “I’m not […]

Your Audience is not an Abstraction

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Have you ever thought of your audience in the abstract, such as ” group of students”, “job seekers looking for advice” or “managers needing training”? Of course this can be a good first step toward thinking about a topic for that group. But if you really want to connect, you have to dig deeper. For […]

Primer: Make a to-do list

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Tonight’s exercise: Make yourself a big audacious to-do list. No. Not a “get the groceries, wash the car, do 17 push-ups” kind of list. Instead, spend the next 5-10 minutes brainstorming things you’ve always wanted to do, but didn’t have time for. Think Big! Here are some examples: Learn a foreign language Rent a Ferrari […]

Speaking about what should you talk about

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At my Toastmasters Club tonight I gave a speech on my recent post about “What should you talk about?” Below is a cut-out of the handout I gave during the speech: Prompts to help generate speaking ideas: 1. What have I spoken on before that people enjoyed? What feedback did I get? 2. What have […]

What should you talk about?

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Editors Note: I spoke about this topic the day after writing this post, and the handout info is here: http://robchristeson.com/speaking-about-what-should-you-talk-about If you are a Toastmaster, you might be struggling with a topic for your next presentation. The last two posts I wrote were about sparking ideas, but not specifically for speaking. Here are a couple […]

Good Toastmaster Lessons

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Here’s three important lessons you should know about Toastmasters: 1. Toastmasters has the flexibility to let you choose your path to success. Many Toastmasters fall into one of three groups: getting over your fear of speaking, trying to become a better speaker, and enjoying the experience with friends. Note: you may be in one, two, […]