Category Archives: Tips

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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DriveTips: Reciprocity

As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons — Desiderata Driving home recently, I encountered a traffic stack up that guaranteed a delay getting through the light ahead.  I settled in to wait.  Not so … 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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DriveTips: Enlightenment

What goes on four feet in the morning, two feet at noon, and three feet in the evening? I commute more than I want, so I have plenty of time to analyze the flow of traffic about me and even … 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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