The Power of Coaching – the speech

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Tonight’s speech was called The Power of Coaching, and was directed at Toastmaster members looking to help out their clubs, and help other clubs be more successful. This speech is based on my recent District Marketing Post. Because of the length, I had to split the video into two files. This is the first part, […]

Planned Spontaneity – the speech

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Tonight I gave a 9-minute speech on the subject of planned spontaneity, or the art of being ready to speak off-the-cuff. This was based on my post a couple of weeks ago on that subject. However, I modified it enough that I wanted to post the overview, since the speech included some new material. This […]

Book Review: Small is the New Big

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Another gem by Seth Godin, Small is the New Big is a series of riffs (which could be translated as blogs or short stories – Merriam-Webster defines riff as a succinct, usually witty comment) with everything about being smarter in business from A to Z. And yes, there is a Z. One of the nice things about […]

Speaking tips: Using your Hands

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Using hand gestures can be problematic for some speakers. Even award-winning speakers sometimes wonder what do to with their hands, especially when they are in-between gestures. This is a problem that you see many speakers deal with (or not) on a regular basis. Should I hold my hands in front, behind my back, or maybe in […]

Colorful Language – Pro’s and Con’s

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Is it appropriate to use colorful (i.e. foul) language in your communications, i.e. when quoting someone else? This question came to me recently from a friend who is probably a better speaker than I, but read my post on language use and decided to ask for a more specific opinion. First and foremost, a quote is […]

Find your story…Impress your friends

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Are you ready to tell your story when the opportunity presents itself? In previous posts, I’ve talked about the importance of finding your story to be prepared for those impromptu speaking situations. One of the situations was speaking at holiday parties or other social occasions. How would you feel about a three step process that […]