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 […]

Learn to ignore feedback

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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 feedback”. In a shocking twist, this made me think of Toastmasters. As a speaker in Toastmasters, I get a lot of feedback. Every speech I give, which is on average 2-4 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Speaking like a store

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I was recently listening to an audio lesson from Lance Miller, and he mentioned that some folks ask him about being a professional speaker. When asked what they speak about, they’re looking for ideas about what to talk about. He likened this to how being a speaker is like having a store, with a storefront, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Toastmasters: Lance Miller in KC

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Editor’s note: this post is a compliation of my notes from Lance Miller’s visit to Kansas City on 17 March 2011. 52 Toastmasters attended the 2-hour session. I’ll edit it in the next couple of days for better clarity. Lance’s site is www.lancemillerspeaks.com where you can find free materials and information. Don’t be afraid to speak […]

Convention: Lesson 1 – Responsibility

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As I walked into the room, there we no people there. There was, however, a good size stage and about 300 chairs, silent in anticipation of a future audience. I decided to step up the stairs to the 12X24 foot platform, and ponder giving a presentation in front of an audience filling that room. I thought […]