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 […]

Speaking Tips: Remembering the lessons

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Have you found times as a speakers where you made a mistake, even though you already knew how to avoid that mistake?  I recently gave a session to about 50 people, and three lessons I didn’t follow have made me realize that I need to make some adjustments before my next presentation. Last weekend I […]

Toastmasters: Go to your conclusion

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Have you ever heard a timer briefing that included this line: “…and when you see the green light, that means you are good to go…when you see the red light, that means it is time to wrap it up”? I’ve noticed this too, and it seems to lead to one of these primary outcomes: 1. […]

Toastmasters: Contests help you get better

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Have you heard (or read) opinions about how competing, and even winning, a Toastmasters contest has no real value in “regular” speaking? I have, and I find it very confusing. With the exception of some very specific types of speaking, such as debates, I can’t understand why people have trouble translating great contest speeches into […]

Book Review: Million Dollar Consulting Toolkit

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  Alan Weiss, PhD has a long list of successful books. The book Million Dollar Consulting is considered “THE definitive work to grow a solo consulting practice.” Just by itself, you can learn a great deal about the process of starting your own business. However, to take your learning and preperation a step further, there is the […]

Speaking Tips: Selecting a Topic

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Have you found yourself with an opportunity to give a presentation, and no idea what to talk about? Maybe you are trying to decide on that next Toastmasters speech topic. You are about to learn a method that you can use next time you have to give a presentation. Think about three things that you […]

Planned Spontaneity – the speech

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Tonight I gave a 9-minute speech on the subject of planned spontaneity, or the art of being ready to speak off-the-cuff. This was based on my post a couple of weeks ago on that subject. However, I modified it enough that I wanted to post the overview, since the speech included some new material. This […]

Speaking tips: Using your Hands

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Using hand gestures can be problematic for some speakers. Even award-winning speakers sometimes wonder what do to with their hands, especially when they are in-between gestures. This is a problem that you see many speakers deal with (or not) on a regular basis. Should I hold my hands in front, behind my back, or maybe in […]