Toastmasters: 2015 Contest season wrap-up

by

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 Contest against some fierce competition, and I lost. Big time. In fact, if you saw the report that went to TI, you’d see I finished 6th…out […]

Winning the Toastmasters Speech Contest

by

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 the way up to the World Championship. Since that post in 2011, I’ve seen a few more examples and even competed myself. Instead of […]

I know funny and you’re not it

by

Even the funniest people in the world – professionals with well thought out material – occasionally lay an egg. And if they bomb with something they practiced and prepared to perform, is it so shocking that you and I miss the mark when we try to be funny without really trying?

Dude, you speak too fast

by

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 […]

Toastmasters: Winning your Club Contest

by

My club held our International Speech and Table Topics contests yesterday (Thursday). After my District win in the Fall Evaluation Contest, I decided to pursue the International Speech trophy this spring, but not table topics. My speech was titled, Things aren’t always as they seem. It was a story about my experience joining the US […]

Winning the District Evaluation Contest – Toastmasters D22 Conference

by

What does it take to win a District Evaluation Contest? Before I answer, let’s back up a bit. This year was rare for me. For the first time in over six years I found myself eligible to compete in our District’s fall contest season, including the humorous speech contest and the speech evaluation contest. I […]

The Power of Strong Dialog

by

How would you like to improve your storytelling techniques with just three simple tips? As a speaker, you may already know the importance of using dialog more than narration to improve your stories. Stronger dialog can lead to a stronger connection and help you capture and hold the audience’s attention. Developing stronger dialog can help […]

Darren LaCroix’s Sunday session – Toastmasters District 22

by

Darren’s Sunday session Check out his new product: Write Yor Keynote by Next Week Notes Learning world-class techniques You will be deputized coaches You will never evaluate the same again Teach these techniques as soon as you can Evaluate someone this week using these techniques World champion speech – practiced/recorded that speech 22 times – […]

Book Review: The Power of Unpopular

by

One of my favorite blogs is Redhead Writing by Erika Napoletano. Recently, she authored The Power of Unpopular – A Guide to Building your Brand for the Audience who will Love you (and why no one else matters). Great title. Great content. 5 stars. (oops, that last part is supposed to be at the end […]