Toastmasters: The advantage of cutting content

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Way is one of the most powerful tips you can learn as a speaker? Would you believe that how to say less can be as valuable of a skill as knowing what to say? Have any of these happened to you? 1. Slow down your speaking. Have you ever been given this advice? You might […]

Secrets of the Secrets of Storytelling

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What are the three most common ways to learn anything? 1. Figure it out for yourself (difficult, time-consuming, and a high probability of failure/quitting) 2. Learn from experts on your own (Books, Videos, other “learn at home” courses) 3. Learn from the experts directly The first method is the slow, painful, learn-from-every-single-mistake method that has […]

Edge Summit – Sunday 21 Aug

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Have you ever taken in more information that you can process? Some of the notes below may be familiar to you if you’ve read my blog before, or if you’ve studied with the Toastmasters World Champions of Public Speaking. There are some new thoughts, some mindset changes, and some of the best advice you’ll ever […]

Speaking to Graduates

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Tonight, for the first time, I was a guest speaker at a college graduation. The ITT graduation ceremony at the Century II Center in Wichita, Kansas. It was a unique experience. 1. I’ve never spoke with the blinding stage lights before. 2. The whole event went much quicker than I expected. 3. The students seemed […]

Toastmasters: Say it ain’t so

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Say it ain’t so! Last night I gave a not-so-well prepared speech at my Toastmasters club. I chose the Competent Communicator (CC) Project #4 – How to say it. My title was How to: The Verbal Busines Card. I’m giving a presentation on networking next week and I needed to tighten this part up a bit. Note: I learned about […]

Toastmasters: Why you won’t win your contest

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Have you been practicing? Working on your contest speech? Did you manage to win your club, area or division contest? You probably did it one of two ways. Either you are beyond awesome, which means you aren’t even bothering to read this anyway, or you did it despite a few minor imperfections. If you were […]

Lady and the Champs – Retrospective

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Affiliate link alert: World Champions EDGE. This link will take you to the Edge website, where you can see some free materials or sign up for just $1 for the first month. Ed Tate likes to say “Review your Keepers”. This refers to the notes you’ve taken, and he says that if you review your […]

Lady and the Champs – Final Wrap-up

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Spent That’s how I feel, and I bet that’s how many people would say they feel. And not a negative spent, but a “wow” feeling. If I could summarize this weekend in just one sentence…I’d charge you big bucks for that sentence. Okay, seriously – here’s the takeaway: Discover. Design. Do. Disclaimer: I stole that. […]

Craig and Ed’s Guerrilla Marketing Breakout – Updated

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Editor’s note: this post was originally posted on 27 Feb, then edited on 13 March. It is mostly a compilation of my notes from the session, with some additional thoughts as well. Marketing is like breathing. If you don’t breathe, you will die – if you don’t market, your business will die. Marketing is not […]