common mistakes

Learn to ignore feedback

I was watching Alan Weiss recently on Periscope, and he was discussing self worth. One of his pieces of advice was to "learn to ignore unsolicited [...]

Toastmasters vs. Business

Today I attended a half day session with FranklinCovey in Kansas City. One segment of the training was titled Presentation Advantage and obviously is a topic I [...]

Be Cynical

Why cynicism is easy: 1. It gives us an out. We can dump the responsibility somewhere else, so the failure isn't our fault. After all, effort is a risk, [...]

The value of coaching

What is the ideal outcome you'd like to experience? From Alan Weiss - Million Dollar Coaching (reviewed here) Have you ever had a speaking goal to achieve, [...]

Clear and Simple

Darren's #10 Speaking Mistake was, Not Getting Clear on the Message. (more on his top 10 list here). I was asked recently, "What if I don't have a point for [...]

Don’t Dilute your Power

"Don't Dilute your Power" One of the more interesting things I learned from Darren LaCroix last night was how using, or misusing, the stage could add to, or [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

2015 Prep – 5 Speaking mistakes to avoid

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 [...]

Does everyone agree?

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. [...]