2017 Toastmasters Convention Prep

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The Toastmasters International Convention is coming next week, and once again I can’t wait to be there! There will be great speakers, awesome contests and lots of seeing good friends again for four full days. Here’s the schedule of events – https://www.toastmasters.org/Events/2017-International-Convention/Schedule If you can’t be there, there will be some live streaming options (Did you know there’s a photo contest […]

2016 Lady and the Champs – Women in Speaking

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No matter how much I learn about speaking, there’s always room to gain insights and new ways to connect with an audience. This weekend, I get my annual chance by attending Lady and the Champs. There was a specific panel on Women Professional Speakers, including Patricia Fripp, Janelle Barlow, Judi Moreo, Cathey Armillas, and Jennifer […]

Opening – scene of the crime

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As I was working on my speech for the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, I was listening to a storytelling lesson by Darren LaCroix, and he reminded me of a lesson that another World Champion, Ed Tate, teaches: Start your speech at the scene of the crime. He calls this the CSI opening – just like the […]

Dude, you speak too fast

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How could this happen? I’ve done such a good job (I think) in slowing down my speech as I continue to practice and improve. But lately, the feedback I’ve been getting is that I’m speaking too fast. I think this means one of two possible problems (or both): 1. Trying to cram too much content […]

2013 EDGE Net summit – Cincinnati

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Today is a great day to hang with the champs. Darren, Ed, Lance and Mark did an outstanding job as always! Below are my raw notes with some thoughts. Training issues that you may have to deal with Teacher and Student Student and Student Student and Materials Provide information in the format your customer needs/wants […]

Lady & the Champs 2013 – Ed Tate’s keynote

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Ed Tate keynote – Influence Without Authority How to achieve breakthrough results Great opening story about getting tickets to the US Open Speakers never have bad days, we just have new material Always see the best in person (PF) What were the elements of success, and how can you use them to get a yes […]

2012 TI Convention – Thursday EDGE Breakfast

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Thursday morning started off with a free EDGE event for members of the World Champions EDGE. Mark Brown, Ed Tate, Darren LaCroix, Jim Key, Lance Miller and Jock Elliott answered questions from speakers who want to improve their skills. I caught a couple of the questions and the champs answers below: How do I focus […]

2012 Toastmasters International Convention

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The Toastmasters International Convention is coming next week, and I can’t wait to be there! There will be great speakers, awesome contests and lots of seeing good friends again for four full days. Here’s the schedule of events – http://www.toastmasters.org/Members/Convention/2012Events.aspx If you can’t be there, there will be some live streaming options, YouTube and photos for sale […]

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 […]