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World champion speech
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Have you ever heard a speaker deliver an inside joke? Did you feel included?
If not, did the joke make you feel left out? Now imagine yourself with the inside joke. You know it will be funny to a few people (or maybe just one), and you know it will be funny to you. Do you use it?
Sounds like an obvious answer, but why do people do it?
1. Reli [...]
“Branding demands commitment; commitment to continual re-invention; striking chords with people to stir their emotions; and commitment to imagination. It is easy to be cynical about such things, much harder to be successful.”
I recently saw this quote, from Sir Richard Branson. The second line is what caught my eye – itR [...]
Have you ever heard a speaker say, “Before I start…” (or something similar) when beginning their presentation? Are they using phantom time?
Bad news – “Before I begin…” was, well, before…you…began…
That’s right, once your introduction is complete, everything you say is counted [...]
Yesterday (Washington’s Birthday) was the last day any of us try to pretend we’re still working on our New Year’s Resolution – according to research I recently uncovered (i.e. made up).
Why is the gym parking lot empty?
Why are the sales of Oreos climbing?
Why did you stop trying?
Did you know that if you made a New Y [...]
I just saw Kathy Griffin (My Life on the D-list) perform here in Wichita. In short, she Rocks. However, my point here isn’t to go on about her (which I would be happy to do). Instead, I want to convey the great example of how a professional presenter can be successful. Here are a couple of important techniques she used that we mortal [...]
As the Toastmasters contest season is progressing, I’ve seen some speakers do a few things that may have cost them the win in their club contests. Of course, one or two corrections won’t make you world champ, but if your making some of these mistakes, you won’t even be club champ:
1. Don’t add words. Rich descriptions [...]
When you speak to a friend or your boss, do you simply talk for 30-minutes without a pause? Do you ask a list of questions and proceed without hearing any answers? Do you read slides to him/her the whole time?
If you answered “no”to these questions, you’re probably normal in that regard. But, would the answer be the same if [...]
How do you manage your network of friends, professional contacts and other acquaintances? Maybe a better question isn’t how, but simply do you? And if not, should you start?
Social media tools like Facebook, LinkedIn and others allow us to maintain our networks and stay in touch with those that are important (or not-so-important) to us. [...]