Toastmasters

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My club held our International Speech and Table Topics contests yesterday (Thursday). After my District win in the Fall Evaluation Contest, I decided to pursue the International Speech trophy this spring, but not table topics. My speech was titled, Things aren’t always as they seem. It was a story about my experience joining the US
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I was speaking to a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) this evening, and we were discussing goals for members in her club. Then we turned to discussing her goals. “I’m working on my next CC, as always” she said, “but I don’t really have a goal.” eh? As a Toastmaster, have you ever fallen into that trap
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Recently I was asked to speak at a conference, and in the pre event discussions we talked about set up and equipment needs. I was asked to bring my own laptop, and the projector would be provided. Since I rarely use PowerPoint visuals, I was able to assure them this wasn’t necessary. When I asked
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Today, the 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking, Ryan Avery, spoke today as the opening keynote for our 2013 Spring Conference. Ryan told an awesome story about his journey toward becoming the World Champion of Public Speaking. Turns out there might be more to it than you thought. Imagine spending hours every day of the
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Craig Valentine’s keynote Why did you laugh? Failure is funny if it isn’t happening to you Never stop asking questions Keep them Laughing – share your failure, flaws, frustrations and firsts – uncover (don’t add) humor to your speech – stories, characters and dialog – FDR – failure, dialog and reactions ( the look before
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Mike Rayburn – bonus session If you don’t know who Mike Rayburn is, you’re missing out! Mike is in the National Speakers Association Hall-of-Fame, and for good reason. He’s both entertaining and profound, without coming off, well, like he’s profound. Check him out here: Mike’s Videos What if? Always ask, “but what if we could?”
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Ed Tate keynote – Influence Without Authority How to achieve breakthrough results Great opening story about getting tickets to the US Open Speakers never have bad days, we just have new material Always see the best in person (PF) What were the elements of success, and how can you use them to get a yes
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