2017 – It’s a New Year

If there's one resolution I can keep year in and year out, it's my resolution to read. Here are some of my favorites from 2016, and some on my list for 2017: Read in 2016 Start.: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average, and Do Work That Matters, by Jon Acuff - as it says on Amazon, "Wall Street Journal best-selling author Jon Acuff reveals the steps [...]

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Speaking Tips: 3 More world-class blunders

Ed note: I received some nice feedback on yesterday's post about providing too much information, so I'll go ahead and strike again while the iron is hot. Blunder #1: Assume [...]

Speaking Tips: 3 Mistakes to Have Fun with

Looking for a way to ruin that perfect speech? How about a tried-and-true method to disengage with your audience? Tired of people asking you to speak again? What if I told you [...]

More Writing for Speakers

Some of you might have read some of my previous posts about writing, and think, "I don't want to write every day, or even every week". Until 70 or so days ago, I felt the same [...]

Speaking Tips: Vocal Variety

In a few recent Toastmaster speeches, I've been told that I need to work on my vocal variety. I've never been a monotone speaker, either in my own mind nor from the [...]

Website updates

This week, I'll be trying out some new software to see if I can improve my speaking web site, www.robchristeson.com. I'm going to try Microsoft's Visual Web Developer 2008 [...]

Toastmasters: Contest attendance

This morning (at 6:30 am), I'm driving up to Topeka to watch the Division T Humorous Speech and Evaluation contests. Division T consists of 4 Areas in northern Kansas, which [...]

Speaking about Reading while Driving

A few nights ago, I posted some thoughts on how to read while driving. At our Semi-Pro Toastmaster's club meeting last night, I gave a 7 minute speech about the topic and [...]

Question 1: Ace your next Interview

Do I have your attention? In this post, you're going to learn some strategies for handling the one dreaded question: "What is your biggest weakness?" You may have heard this [...]

Not every nail needs a hammer

Many speaking tips that I have learned, used successfully and post here apply to a great number of different speaking situations. However, no speaking situation requires you [...]

Leadership tips: The to-do list

When I found myself out of work back in February, I wasn't sure what the right course of action was, other than my obvious "look for a job" plan. With some useful advice, I [...]