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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
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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
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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
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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 presentation, YOUR Speech Contest Advantage, Jim provides his patented contest prepadvice, and some important specifics that many speakers forget (or ignore) when their preparing their speeches. Below
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I’ve found that when I prepare a presentation to teach something, I always end up discovering something new about the topic, no matter how much I knew before. 3 things that help that to be true: – I research a new source – keeps me on top of new information – I provide a handout
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Well, it’s New Year’s Eve and time for my annual rant. Get a resolution! There we go. Have a great 2015!

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2015 is bound to be a great year. If you’re the type to make a New Year’s Resolution and stick with it, the I imagine you’ve already decided on a course of action for 2015. But if you’re more like me, resolutions can sometimes lead to positive results, but not usually the wish you had
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When I speak, I have a tendency to ask a lot of questions. I do this for at least three reasons. First, to check in with the audience and keep them engaged. Second, to help them see that they aren’t alone. Third, to learn something about the audience so I can tailor my message (if
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I was listening to a webinar today from Naomi Dunford, and one of the questions led to some discussion about older content on our websites. Since I’ve been blogging for about 5 years, this caught my attention. In the discussion, there was a reference to someone that had a recent link to a 2011 horoscope
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