Job Hunting – Using Toastmasters to Prepare for the Interview, Part III

For Part 1 of this series, I discussed valuable lessons that came from using prepared speeches to better develop my skills for the job interview process. In Part 2, we looked at how to Get to the Point to further practice and prepare for that next interview. In this segment, we’ll discuss using CC Speech #3, Organize your Speech and how to practice ways [...]

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Contest prep – story selection

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 [...]

Toastmasters: 2015 Contest season wrap-up

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 [...]

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

   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 [...]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: Day One – Board Briefing 

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 [...]

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

   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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

  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 [...]

Toastmasters Convention 2015: pre-day zero 

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 [...]

Training with handouts

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 [...]

Toastmasters D22: Jim Key’s awesome contest training

This last weekend, Jim Key visited the Kansas City metro here in District 22 and delivered what many agreed was an amazing session on Toastmasters Contests. In Jim's [...]