What is the ideal outcome you’d like to experience? From Alan Weiss – Million Dollar Coaching (reviewed here)
Have you ever had a speaking goal to achieve, such as winning a speech contest or speaking in front of a larger group? Worried that practicing in front of your mirror, or even your Toastmasters Club, may not be enough? H [...]
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 my speech?”
My reply…”Why are you speaking?”
In Darren’s session, he made two points about this mistake that I felt were very important:
Is it 2016 already?
Okay…it’s January 2nd. Resolution check – how’s it coming? What?? You forgot to make a resolution? No way! Or…did you just forget to start?
Or maybe you’re not a “resolution person”. That’s okay. Either way, January 2nd shouldn’t be the end of your journey to gre [...]
This last weekend, Jim Key visited the Kansas City metro here in District 22 and delivered what many agreed was an amazing session on Toastmasters Contests.
In Jim’s presentation, YOUR Speech Contest Advantage, Jim provides his patented contest prepadvice, and some important specifics that many speakers forget (or ignore) when their p [...]
When I speak, I have a tendency to ask a lot of questions. I do this for at least three reasons. First, to check in with the audience and keep them engaged. Second, to help them see that they aren’t alone. Third, to learn something about the audience so I can tailor my message (if needed) and meet their needs.
Sometimes, I’ll ask [...]
I was listening to a webinar today from Naomi Dunford, and one of the questions led to some discussion about older content on our websites.
Since I’ve been blogging for about 5 years, this caught my attention. In the discussion, there was a reference to someone that had a recent link to a 2011 horoscope entry, which might be less than [...]
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 answering the question why you won’ [...]
I am a funny guy. No, really. People tell me all the time. One of the funniest guys I know, Darren LaCroix, once said publically, “Rob is a funny guy!” Yes, he used an exclamation point. I was there. What more do you want?
A point? ah. That seems fair.
My point: even the funniest people in the world – professionals with wel [...]
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 into a given time block.
2. Not h [...]