Speaking Tips: Meeting Expectations

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At this weekend’s Toastmasters District 22 Fall Conference in Topeka Kansas, many people had the opportunity to see some outstanding presentations, including some fantastic contest speeches. Watching these marvelous efforts, the question came to my mind of how these contestants handle that “next speech” in their home club after working so hard to give a contest-quality speech.  I didn’t just think […]

Speaking Tips: It’s okay to listen

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Without a doubt, the toughest speaking skill I’ve seen anyone master is the art of shutting up.This manifests itself in our need to say “um” or “ah” during what should be a pause in our speaking. We know from that long experience if we give our opponents (audience) an opening, they’ll take the conversation from us and we’ll be stuck listening to someone else’s solution to world peace. Then they’ll get credit, fame, and the Nobel prize.

Speaking Tips: 3 More world-class blunders

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Ed note: I received some nice feedback on yesterday’s post about providing too much information, so I’ll go ahead and strike again while the iron is hot. Blunder #1: Assume your audience lives just to hear you speak. That’s right, no need for Audience Analysis, or worrying about what message will make a difference to […]

Speaking Tips: 3 Mistakes to Have Fun with

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Looking for a way to ruin that perfect speech? How about a tried-and-true method to disengage with your audience? Tired of people asking you to speak again? What if I told you that following just one bad course of action could help you with all of these goals? How much would you pay for that […]

Public Speaking: Writing for Speakers

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Should a speech be written before it is practiced and presented? I’ve heard a variety of answers to that question, and I’ve even made different choices in my own speaking experience. In this post, you’ll learn some specific tips on when you should answer yes, and when you may want to answer no. Sometimes, the answer […]