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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Book Research

Some of the material I want to include in my book will require some serious research. I've already found some of the statistics and material I need, but I'd also like to get [...]

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 [...]