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[Lessons Learned] Corporate Toastmasters Clubs

Random Observation/Comment #528: Public speaking, like any skill, needs a refresher every once and a while. Don’t get cocky or else you’ll show up under prepared. I’m coming up on my Credit Suisse “Speak Up” Toastmasters 6-year member anniversary, and after holding every officer position possible and literally attending close to 100 meetings, I can’t help but think where I’d be without...

Public Speaking is a Marathon, not a Sprint

Random Observation/Comment #497: Get better at being a communicator. It’ll help with almost everything. Everyone wants a shortcut solution to everything, but real mastery and improvement takes time.  I always suggest taking the smaller steps towards becoming a better communicator and gaining confidence in public speaking by following these key ideas: Know your material. Speak about things you know and...

[List of 30] The Value of Giving a Speech

Random Observation/Comment #485: The process of writing and practicing a speech is more valuable to learning than delivering it. There’s a certain mystical power behind preparing for a speech. All of a sudden, you’re put on the spot knowing your colleagues, friends, and bosses will be listening intently to you for the next 5-7 minutes. All your words will be...

[Toastmasters] Mentoring your Mentors

Random Observation/Comment #448: Delegation, Trust, and Growth is key to building a successful program. One person truly can’t do it all and it would be foolish to hold all your knowledge as a security blanket on your leadership role. Within Toastmasters, we’ve found that the mentorship program is the most customized and personable solution.  The agenda and reoccurring meetings provide...

[Toastmasters] Your TED Talk Checklist

Random Observation/Comment #443: Organizing a TEDx (or any event involving a community where you share your passions and ideas) is a very rewarding experience. TED/TEDx talks are kind of a big deal. It’s not just a toastmasters speech in front of your peers or even a speech to your managers – it’s a recorded and mass-distributed video that could potentially...

Ideas to Improve your Toastmasters club

Random Observation/Comment #414: Toastmasters is an opportunity to take ownership and use your creativity to grow a community focused on self-improvement in communication. We can all be leaders. The opportunity is always there to foster a community and organize events.  Toastmasters clubs are self-sustaining groups run by their own members who want to help others improve in communications skills. As...

[Toastmasters] How to Keep Your Audience Focused

Random Observation/Comment #402: Even if you have good content, your delivery mechanics and techniques are very important for persuading and inspiring an audience. I recently read “The One Minute Presenter” by Warwick John Fahy and it gave a few great tips for keeping the audience engaged in your speech. The book starts off with talking about how our attention is...

[Lessons Learned] Humorous Speech

[Lessons Learned] Humorous Speech

Random Observation/Comment #396: I have a lot of respect for comedians. They stand up on stage with everyone pressuring them to be funny and judging them with false expectations. Based on how well known they are, they have different level of expectations to constantly make people laugh. On the other hand, what other job lets you stand in front of...

[Toastmasters] Advice for beginners

[Toastmasters] Advice for beginners

Random Observation/Comment #395: I’m not a great public speaker, and I have loads where I can improve, but at least I’m trying to improve it and getting out there to practice. Question: What is the best advice for beginners who are afraid of public speaking? Answer: First and foremost, know your content – know it like you know your deepest...

[Toastmasters] Effective Evaluations

[Toastmasters] Effective Evaluations

Random Observation/Comment #330: Effective communication is a key component to a well-rounded individual. Whether you’re a developer or in sales, you need to be able to voice your ideas and opinions in order to take ownership of your contributions. The evaluation portion of the toastmasters agenda provides a unique opportunity for a person to practice giving constructive feedback about the...

[Toastmasters] Inspiring Your Audience

[Toastmasters] Inspiring Your Audience

Random Observation/Comment #279: Being more comfortable with public speaking has made my overall life better because of the extra confidence and effective communication with my peers and managers.  I’m glad I’ve faced this fear – best choice ever. If you follow the Toastmasters Competent Communicator speeches, you’ll find that it walks you through 10 specific areas that will make your...

[Toastmasters] My Greatest Fear

[Toastmasters] My Greatest Fear

Random Observation/Comment #275: Mentoring >> Networking. I find it rewarding being a mentor and extremely inspiring being a mentee.  Networking has become way too artificial of a term anyway. Let’s keep it more personal :). I stood in front of the podium: sweaty, nervous, and a little nauseous. What do I do with my hands? What am I talking about...

[Toastmasters] Tips to be a better speaker

[Toastmasters] Tips to be a better speaker

Random Observation/Comment #269: Toastmasters is about being an effective communicator and a better leader.  Name a profession that these skills do not come in handy. Never stop learning; Smarter every day. Happy New Year and best wishes to continuous health and happiness! With the new year starting, I have a call to action to all those wanting to become a...

[Toastmasters] Practicing Confidence

[Toastmasters] Practicing Confidence

Random Observation/Comment #261: Communication is probably the single most important thing in any career.  Whether it’s in writing, formally presenting, or generally explaining concepts, your ideas must be easily understood.  Keep it simple and make clear statements.  Life will be so much easier.  How do you practice? Tell stories to people. Reiterate difficult concepts with analogies. Practice elevator speeches. Come...

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