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 [...]
Way is one of the most powerful tips you can learn as a speaker? Would you believe that how to say less can be as valuable of a skill as knowing what to say?
Have any of these happened to you?
1. Slow down your speaking. Have you ever been given this advice? You might think that the way to make this work is to add time to your presentation.
This is a follow-up to my previous post, Why you won’t win your contest, which is getting more attention as the Toastmasters contest season begins. Recent experiences have taught me a few things that may help you see more success as a contestant:
1. Get feedback at every level. Ask someone, in advance, to give you an evaluation. Make it [...]
Are you a Toastmaster who has completed their Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) award, or are getting close to doing so? Are you wondering, “what’s next?”
I’ve heard and given a number of answers to this question, and here are some that I’ve found to be best:
1. Speak outside of your club more. Take [...]
Have you ever gone into a situation expecting a certain outcome, and found that you misjudged the situation completely?
Recently, I ran a brainstorming session (Facilitating Discussion manual, project #2) at my Toastmasters club. The problem we were discussing was “Toastmasters Training”, and I was looking for input on what they, our club mem [...]
What are the three most common ways to learn anything?
1. Figure it out for yourself (difficult, time-consuming, and a high probability of failure/quitting)
2. Learn from experts on your own (Books, Videos, other “learn at home” courses)
3. Learn from the experts directly
The first method is the slow, painful, learn-from-every- [...]
Can you believe it? 2011 is coming to an end. Did you accomplish anything, or did you “make it”? Don’t feel bad if that’s the case, sometimes just making it can be an accomplishment. Especially in an annoying economy with equally annoying political and social issues all around us.
Now’s the time of year when we [...]
Sitting at the Toastmasters International Convention, I watched as a friend of mine went to the stage to receive an award on behalf of her district. They were being recognized for having the most clubs with 20 or more members, over 80% in their case. I was looking at the statistics and there are quite a few districts, like ours in Kansas and [...]
I’m reading Great on the Job, by Jodi Glickman. Early in the book, the author asserts that asking “How can I help?” may cause more problems than it solves.
How can that be? I was wondering that too, at first. It’s simple if you think about it. Lets say you have a group of tasks that you need help with. It doesn’t [...]