Know your Audience

Job Hunting – Using Toastmasters to Prepare for the Interview, Part II

For In 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 [...]

Focus on yourself for a better career

At the Toastmasters D44 fall conference, my friend Kene Iloenyosi gave a wonderful keynote on change. While he wasn't focused explicitly on career change, [...]

D44: Johnny Campbell – Win the Crowd

Accredited speaker Johnny Campbell spoke at the District 44 conference on Insider Secrets for Creating Winning Presentations, titled "Win the Crowd". What [...]

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 [...]

Opening – scene of the crime

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Contest prep – story selection

As I look forward to the 2016 Toastmasters International speech contest, I've given a bit of thought to what makes the best story for that event. In 2014, I [...]

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 [...]

Winning the Toastmasters Speech Contest

A few years ago, I wrote a post about contest speaking called Why you won't win your contest. This included many of the things I see speaker do at contests all [...]