Speaking

  • Trim and tighten for a terrific speech

    Trim and Tighten For a Terrific Speech

    Hi everyone, Today, we’re going to look at how trimming the fat can lead to a fantastic speech. No, I’m not talking about the spare tiresome us of have, but the extra words and phrases that we don’t need.  We will look at how to trim and tighten for...
  • stage fright

    How To Overcome Stage Fright

    This week, I’m pleased to have Canadian recording artist and fellow Toastmaster Angela Evans.  At our recent Toastmasters meeting, Angela’s role was to do Toastmaster Tips, a role where you teach the club something new.  Angela came gave us some tips for overcoming stage fright.  Thank you Angela!  Here...
  • distractions

    Distractions, Distractions, Distractions!

    Distractions, distractions, distractions!  We’ve all seen, heard or been a distraction.  But have you ever given thought to how to handle your audience when they’re distracted?  When they lost focus? What if your audience member all of a sudden pulls out their Smartphone to check email or Facebook while...
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    Toastmasters? I’ve heard of them but isn’t that about public speaking?

    Interested in improving your speaking ability but aren’t sure where you can go to learn and refine your skills?  Well today I’m pleased to welcome guest blogger and life coach Linda Bradley.  She will share her experiences about Toastmasters. Toastmasters? I’ve heard of them but isn’t that about public...
  • Propel Your PowerPoint Presentations Using Presenter View

    PowerPoint!  The worlds most popular presentations tool.  When used well, it really makes the presenter look like a superstar!  But when not …. well lets just say a presenter hopes to leave that presentation with his or her tail between their legs!  However there is one feature of PowerPoint...
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    Harness The Power in PowerPoint!

    Today, we’ll explore the idea of PowerPoint.  While a great tool, it can also unravel your speech as well. The first thing that I really need to emphasize is that your PowerPoint should not be a barrier to presenting.  Meaning, you can’t live without it.  For example, suppose your...
  • difficult audiences

    Difficult Audiences

    Ever had a tough day? Ever had a tough presentation? Today, we’re going to look at how difficult audiences, or difficult members of an audience can make or break you. Recently I was teaching a class on programming.  It was a subject that I was fairly comfortable with but I’m...
  • repetition

    The Power of Repetition

    Welcome back!  Think back to the last speaker you heard.  Do you remember the message they gave?  What was the one thing that you remember distinctly about that speech?  If you couldn’t remember what that speaker was talking about, then they didn’t do a good enough job in sharing...
  • structure your speech

    Structuring Your Speech

    Welcome back.  Today I’m going to discuss how to structure your speech.  A well-organized speech will go a long way in providing a positive experience for your audience.  In Toastmasters, we’re taught a strong 3-step formula. Tell them what you’re going to tell them. Tell them Tell them what...