speaking mistakes

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 [...]

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 [...]

The value of coaching

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, [...]

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 [...]

Welcome to 2016

If you're an optimist like me,then 2015 was an awesome year. Want to know how to make 2016 an even better year? Coming on Monday January 4th, we have an [...]

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 [...]

Training with handouts

Have you ever sat in a training class with an instructor that spoke non-stop, perhaps with some nice slides? When the session was over, he assumed you got it [...]

2015 Prep – 5 Speaking mistakes to avoid

2015 is bound to be a great year. If you're the type to make a New Year's Resolution and stick with it, the I imagine you've already decided on a course of [...]

Does everyone agree?

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. [...]

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 [...]