Welcome to 2016

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If you’re an optimist like me,then 2015 was an awesome year. Want to know how to make 2016 an even better year? Coming on Monday January 4th, we have an awesome visitor coming to Kansas City. Darren LaCroix will be in town and is going to talk to us about The Top 10 Speaking Mistakes […]

Contest prep – story selection

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As I look forward to the 2016 Toastmasters International speech contest, I’ve given a bit of thought to what makes the best story for that event. In 2014, I told the story of my first assignment in the Air Force, and how I took an unexpected (to me) situation and, essentially, grew up. Titled, Not […]

Toastmasters: 2015 Contest season wrap-up

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This year, I had a chance to put my money where my mouth is in the International Speech Contest. As the Division S representative, I competed in our District Contest against some fierce competition, and I lost. Big time. In fact, if you saw the report that went to TI, you’d see I finished 6th…out […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Two – Patricia Fripp and Darren LaCroix

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   Patricia and Darren held an awesome session which included some mini coaching as well as amazing points on improving your speaking that all of the audience members could use. The session was titled Under the Magnifying Glass: Good to great on steroids…in Action! It was amazing!  My favorite line – I’ve never had a […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day One – Board Briefing 

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Our Toastmasters  International Convention kicked off today with the Board of Directors briefing. This is always an interesting event, and gives us (as members) a view into what is in progress and what is coming in our organization. This event was live streamed, and last year was made available on line to be watched. Once […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Zero – The Accredited Speaker Seminar Rochelle Rice session

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   Rochelle’s session on “Moving from free to fee” Rochelle opened up by having us stand in an “X” and breathe.  Dress the part, know what your doing and visualize to the end. Own the center real estate (on the stage) 4 Competencies of the NSA (National Speakers Association): Eloquence – what’s your story? Speak […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Zero The Accredited Speaker Seminar Dan LaMon’s session

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Dana LaMon, AS and 1992 WCPS spoke about Making your Message Memorable. I remember his message from the 2011 convention (blog post here) – it was one of the best sessions I attended at any convention. Seriously. As usual, Dana’s session was really well structured and entertaining. In making your message memorable, Dana spoke about […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day Zero – The Accredited Speaker Seminar Opening Session

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  Today was the seminar for Toastmasters International Accredited Speaker program. In the morning portion of this program we heard some great tips from many existing Accredied Speakers as well as some important feedback from TI Headquarters. This first post includes my notes, as well as key takeaways from the opening sessions.  Big take aways:  Judging […]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: pre-day zero 

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There’s a trend in video games now, where the day before the game is released, a “day zero” edition is sold. It usually has a limited quantity and some special features. For the 2015 Toastmasters International convention, day zero is Tuesday, August 11th. One of the special events that day is an Accredited Speaker program […]

Training with handouts

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Have you ever sat in a training class with an instructor that spoke non-stop, perhaps with some nice slides? When the session was over, he assumed you got it and went on his way? I have, and I usually don’t “get it” just because I’m supposed to. Don’t get me wrong, there is a time […]