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Gimmicks in Speaking - in Toastmasters and Real-Life

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What's a gimmick? It's a lot of things - from loss leaders to crazy attention getters to outright attempts at misdirection used by marketers to bring people into their message, and hopefully put their products into their hands while they take the money out of those same hands.

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A Note to the Losers in the 2015 World Championship of Public Speaking

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Yeah, congratulations and all to 2015 World Champion Mohammed Qahtani. I was watching here in my office in Colorado as you literally smoked the competition. But this post is for the rest of you. The losers.

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Why Women Almost Never Win the World Championship of Public Speaking

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"Image copyright 2015 Angie Key as Keyframe Photography, used with permission." How's that for a charged title?

Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt I: Speechwriting in Reverse

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I don''t know what to write! You''ll have to Google James Caan/Misery to find out what he''s actually typing. A common malady among writers, it is a shared obstacle between writers of prose and writers of oratory.

March Madness and the World Championship of Public Speaking

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I just finished sweeping my Area Contest last Friday night, both Table Topics and International Speech, as I make yet another run at a third District Trophy in Topics, and hopefully, finally, a 1st place trophy at the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS).

Speak & Deliver in Kuala Lumpur

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I''ve been busy - a bit too busy, perhaps - getting ready for the semi-finals of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur on August 21. Lots of practices, lots of fundraising, all on top of regular life with six kids.

2 Keynote Home Study Courses: Books 37 & 38 of 52 in 52

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I had access to two keynote creation ''home study courses'' this year, one by 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking Craig Valentine, another by 2001 WCPS Darren LaCroix and CSP, CPAE, and speaking legend Patricia Fripp.

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7 and a Half Ways to Make Your Information Matter

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If you're a regular person with a regular job living a regular life, chances are the only times you get asked to speak is to share straight information.

Toastmasters Friday: My Road to DTM - CHECK!

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I''ve been a Toastmaster for almost 15 years. I''ve competed on the world stage. Twice. I''ve even been invited to keynote or speak in 13 different districts. Yet, my typical conversation when I meet Toastmasters outside of my district typically go like this: Them: "You''re a DTM, right?"

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Nobody Cares About You!

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Believe it or not, it''s true - not single person in your audience gives a whit about you. You and your story. You and your success. You and your obstacles. You and your genius. Even if your mom, spouse, or children are in the audience - they don''t care about you either.

Toastmasters Friday: Taking a Break doesn't mean Breaking Up

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Yes, I took a break. Even though I didn''t want to. It''s actually a bit of a pattern - I win the International Contest in the Spring, then either lose at the Semi-Finals or the Finals, and come home exhausted, a bit dispirited, and ready to just sit home and lick my wounds.

How to Speak & Deliver in 2016

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Great Caesar's Ghost! Has it really been since September 7th, 2015? Has Speak & Deliver been left dormant for 4 long months? Indeed, it appears so.

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Shatter Your Writer's Block Pt II: 7 Quick & Dirty Writing Solutions

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A few weeks ago, I wrote about ''Speechwriting in Reverse'' as a solution to Writer''s Block. In a nutshell, it means Speak, Record, Transcribe. That doesn''t work for everyone, though, and we don''t always like to have just one solution, so I promised more to come. Here we go: 1.

What I Learned From Ryan Avery: 2012 World Champion of Public Speaking

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Ryan is Really Tall - at least compared to me. Rich, did you learn anything from Ryan today?'' I was asked this question a couple of times yesterday, and it was difficult for me to answer.

Own Your Industry - Book 23 of 52 in 52 - A Review of Douglas Kruger's latest book

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The first time I became acquainted with Douglas Kruger was on DVD - he was speaking in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. He was extremely young, extremely thin, and had an extremely, exquisitely deep voice that anyone short of James Earl Jones would envy. That was in 2004.

Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction: Part I

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We'll spend hours, days, weeks, even a lifetime writing and perfecting our speech, and yet, before we ever get up to present, someone else holds a major key to our success or failure. That someone else is our Introducer. That major key is our Introduction.

Clint Eastwood at the RNC: 9 Ways He Made Our Day

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Last night, Clint Eastwood gave the world what it wanted. He gave the Republican National Committee a rousing speech that is being talked around the world. He gave people who are not Republicans a performance they could denounce and demean.

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A Triumphant Return?

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After coming home from the International Conference in August, I haven''t done much speaking. In fact, other than a couple of 5-7 minute speeches in my home club toward the end of the year, I''ve really done NONE.

12 Ways to Make the Most of the Seasonal Slowdown in your Business

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Toastmasters Friday: What Makes A Champion? - Guest Post by Sharookh Daroowala

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In the first of what should be many guest blog posts in 2016, Sharookh Daroowala Gives us both a formula for the international speech contest and an analysis of last year's event. As a Finalist in the Championship in 2014 - he should know!

10 Ways a Contestant Can Add Value to their District

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Recently in the Toastmasters Official Facebook group , the topic of a International contestant's value to Toastmasters, or rather 'lack thereof' came up.

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Losing Credibility in the Instant Information Age

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{EAV:311a9f443c52784a} Did this picture of Morgan Freeman make you want to read this post? Or was it because you know ME, and want to read what I'm about to write? By now, many of you may have read the following statements regarding the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, CT.

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Speak the Movie at Cherry Creek

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Ed Tate & Rich Hopkins answer Questions at Cherry Creek Toastmaster''s Speak Event Last night, Cherry Creek Toastmasters hosted a local showing of Speak the Movie.

How to Speak & Offend: Part I

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I get questions , every now and again. Today I''ll tackle a recent favorite: "How do I avoid offending my audience?"

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Did Admiral McRaven REALLY Speak & Deliver?

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Naval Adm. William H. McRaven, BJ ''77, ninth commander of U.S.Special Operations CommandThe commencement speech by Naval Adm. William H.

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The Imposter Syndrome

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"I haven''t succeeded enough." "I''m I''m not a financial success." "I I have too many problems." "I''ve I''ve never been the head of a (team, company, country, non-virtual universe)." "I''m I''m too (young, old, whatever)." "Who Who would want to listen to ME?" Have you ever said the above?

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Are You Wasting Your Audience's Time?

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You've got such an amazing story. You survived a plane crash! You cut off your own arm to escape certain death trapped in the Utah mountains! Maybe you even started a computer company out of your garage and became a multi-zillionaire! But, but, I'm a celebrity!

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Book 9 of 52 in 52: The Message of You - Judy Carter

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I named ''The Message of You'' as one of my top books of 2013 - and vowed to re-read it this year. Mission Accomplished - and frankly, I''ll probably be reading it again before years'' end. It''s THAT good. For years, I struggled to find a program that could teach me how to write a great keynote.

7 Public Speaking Social Media Strategies

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Is Facebook Public Speaking? How about Twitter, Linked In, and all the other Social Media platforms that exist today? The logical answer would be 'NO' - it's not verbal, its written, right? What we read doesn't have the same effect on us as what we hear, does it?

How To Win the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking: A Book Review

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The first time I became aware of Jeremy Donovan''s new book, How to Win the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking (non-affiliate link) , it was via email, from a fellow veteran of the ''Big Stage'', as they asked me ''Have you seen this?'' and ''Do you know this guy?''

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Another Visit to Speak & Deliver's Story Graveyard

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In October, 2011, I wrote what has become one of the most popular posts on this site - Speak and Deliver''s Story Graveyard - filled with stories that I felt needed to be buried, and removed from our use as speakers.

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How Paul Harvey Can Help You Find Your Speaking Niche

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Guess who's cool again? Or, perhaps for much of today's generation, cool for the first time, at least for a day or so? Yes, none other than the venerable orator/preacher/radio personality Paul Harvey.

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Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction Part II: What Could Go Wrong?

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In Part I , we looked at the different parts of an ideal introduction for a real world speech. So once you've created it, you're home free, right? Not quite. You'd be amazed what can go wrong once you're done writing your introductory masterpiece. What Could Go Wrong?

Quick & Dirty Views on the Obama/Romney Debate: Round Three

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Tonight's third debate between President Obama and Governor Romney had a different feel that the others, to my eyes and ears. Less contentious, overall - perhaps neither that that truly fighting was appropriate during a discussion on foreign policy. Nobody wants someone with an itchy trigger finger.

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Speaking of the 2012 Toastmasters International Convention

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Just a few words from my heart to those of you competing at the World Championship of Public Speaking this year. Toastmasters Convention World Championship

Speaker Leader Champion - Book 13 of 52 in 52 Weeks - A Review

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There''s been a lot of hoopla around Ryan Avery & Jeremey Donovan''s new book, Speaker Leader Champion - Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking , not in small part to Avery''s attempt to set a Guinness World Record of Most Books Signed earlier in April.

Book 10 of 52 in 52: The Media Training Bible - Brad Phillips

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The Media Training Bible was not on my original list of 52 Books in 52 Weeks , but when I was given a chance to read & review it, I couldn''t pass up the chance. Speaking with the media takes a skill-set beyond public speaking, much like being a newspaper writer is different than a novelist.

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Speak Up For Your Business - by Michelle Mazur - Book 22 of 52 in 52

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Yet another book not on my list, but just released, and directed straight at those who read Speak & Deliver! Speak Up for Your Business comes with an inherent promise - that you can take the skills within and improve your business, either your own business, or the business of your career.

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Foundational Phrases: Are They All They're Cracked Up To Be?

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One of the basic tenets of speaking is the Aphorism - a uniquely worded, concise point made in a memorable way. These can also be termed as Maxims, or, in a worst case scenario, a Cliche. "A

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Book 3 of 52 in 52: Drive by Daniel Pink

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I know, I know - I''m WAY late to the party. Five years apparently. Sure, I''d seen the TEDtalk video - but everytime I thought about buying the book - well, other offerings just seemed to jump up instead. I still haven''t bought the book. I listened to it on Audible. And I was bored.