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 preparing their speeches. Below […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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?
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 […]
My Friend Craig Valentine, along with Teresa Dukes, Kim Myers and others have released a new book on World Class Speaking. Review to come soon!
With so many friends and such posting book lists on Twitter, Facebook and their blogs, I thought I should do something original and post my favorites of 2013 and “to be read” list for the start of 2014. What was awesome in 2013: – David and Goliath, Malcolm Gladwell. This guy can’t write a bad […]
Well, it’s the end of 2013, and I don’t know about you but I still don’t feel ready for 2013. I guess the good news is that this year is at an end, and now we get a clean slate for 2014. So what is your resolution? I know, I know. Resolutions don’t work, right? […]
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 […]