Category Archives: Communication & Public Speaking

What You Can Do

(A Toastmasters International Contest speech.  Third Place; Division C, District 23; 2012.) How do you face life?  Do you have a winning game plan? Imagine that you have just lost everything.  And I mean everything.  Last week you buried your … Continue reading

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Phones

I remember when answering the phone was an adventure. At a certain age it was about girls, either direct conversation with your latest conquest, your friend with hot gossip about said conquest or a muscle-bound football player making it clear … Continue reading

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TalkTips: The role of the audience

As Toastmasters, we are familiar with the various roles required to conduct a successful meeting, roles like Timer, Evaluator and Toastmaster of the Day.   We are proud to step up, often on short notice, to fill a meeting role. There … Continue reading

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TalkTips: Introduction

(A Toastmasters talk.) As public speakers, we put a great deal of effort into preparing our speeches.  For example, we make sure that our speeches have proper structure: introduction, body, conclusion.  We take care to match our vocabulary to that … Continue reading

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TalkTips: Time

One of the skills Toastmasters teaches is the importance of time.  Meeting agendas typically specify start and end times, as well as the times for agenda items such as Table Topics, prepared speeches and the weekly business meeting.  Every speaker–whether … Continue reading

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TalkTips: Last Minute Doubts

It’s inevitable.  At some point in preparing for a talk, often very late in the process, I begin to doubt myself.  Even though I may have spent weeks crafting my talk, rehearsed it to a smooth presentation and convinced myself … Continue reading

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All. The. Way. Through.

I’ve always said the number one thing you can do to improve your public presentations is to rehearse.  A lot.  And not just the opening, or that crucial bit in the middle.  All of it.  Or as Tim Sanders says: All. … Continue reading

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Tone Deaf

Regardless of your political persuasion, you have to be surprised at the inept way the National Rifle Association (NRA) has presented itself after the Newtown massacre.  The NRA waited a week after the shooting in silence, building anticipation to a news conference … Continue reading

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