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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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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?

2015 105

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.

2015 101

2016 World Championship of Public Speaking - A Serial Contestant's Perspective

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I mentioned on Facebook that I would 'be writing a blogpost about the World Championship' - even though I haven't blogged, apparently, since April. A few people actually asked me to tell them when I posted it. Therefore, I better write it. First - a couple of caveats: 1.

2016 83

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.

2015 88

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!

2016 80

5 Ways to Approach Conflict (without ending up with a Kryptonite spear in your chest)

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The big movie at the moment is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Huge opening. Lousy reviews. Great movie - but I'm biased.

2016 72

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.

I Owe it All to Toastmasters

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I owe it all to Toastmasters. The first time I heard the word ''Toastmasters'' was in debate class in the 10th grade.

2014 86

Winning Anyway in Kuala Lumpur - A Look Back

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I''ve been back for about 8 days - and I''ve had a chance to more fully digest the 2014 Toastmasters Convention, and specifically, this year''s World Championship of Public Speaking. Here''s the rundown: FIRST - the results - I didn''t place in my semi.

2014 87

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.

International Speech Contest Checklist - It Begins Now.

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Unless it started yesterday, or last month, or if you''re in Australia, several months ago! Legend has it that 5-time World Championship of Public Speaking Finalist John Howard would start writing his next International Speech on the plane ride home.

Levels of Credibility & the Big Lie for Speakers

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Credibility - it''s a quality every speaker must have. Credibility can help us believe in ourselves. Credibility can help other believe in us. The fear of not having Credibility can stop us from speaking altogether. Are you Credible?

2015 79

The Most Boring Speaking Advice in the World

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If you''ve been in a speaking class, a training room, a Toastmasters club, or even worked with many speaking coach, you''ve heard the following advice: Tell them what you''re going to tell them. Tell them. Then Tell them what you''ve told them. Makes sense, right? Repetition is good, isn''t it?

2014 88

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.

2014 81

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.

2015 71

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?

Anatomy of a Speaker's Introduction Part III: Toastmaster Tips

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In Part I of this series I covered 6 Key Components for you to use in your Introduction, and in Part II , I discussed What Could Go Wrong with your intro, and how to mitigate the damages.

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.

2014 84

Speaker Launch Toward Success - A Case Study from Maureen Zappala

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(Editor''s Note: Over the last couple of years, I''ve watched my friend Maureen Zappala transform herself from a top-notch Toastmaster Speaker to a Wannabe Speaker to an actual, Bona Fide Keynoter. What does a journey like that look like? What does it feel like?

2014 86

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?"

2014 86

You've got to MEAN it!

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Last month, I was working with my wife as she practiced her keynote speech for BCNF - a Neurofibromatosis Awareness group in British Columbia. Kristi is NOT a speaker.

2016 62

Mastering Your Speech - Lance Miller - Book 31 of 52 in 52

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OK - I admit, this isn''t a book. But, part of my original list DID include some audio/DVD programs on Public Speaking, and ''Mastering Your Speech'' - a 4 DVD set by 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking Lance Miller was #51 on that list.

2014 75

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.

2014 82

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.

2014 79

13 Speaking Lessons in 30 Days

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The five weeks between Oct 21 and Nov 24 were the busiest speaking weeks I''ve had since working for the student travel company, Ambassador Programs, a few years back.

2013 85

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.

2016 62

The Show Must Go On.

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A couple of weeks ago, I was booked to speak at my Advanced Toastmasters Club, Professional Presenters. Out of the three speakers, all but myself had dropped out, so I was looking forward to an extended practice of my speech about how to structure a keynote speech.

2014 81

Speaking of Manipulation by Speakers

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"Listen to me! This is IMPORTANT!!!" Sounds like something a kid might say, right? Absolutely - as kids we can end up feeling ignored and minimized, and the only way to break through is to yell, to get dramatic, and sometimes.even CRY!

2014 80

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?"

2013 83

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.

2014 73

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?

2014 76

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

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2014 71

How to Speak & Offend: Pt. II of IV - It's Our Job to Offend!

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It looks like I succeeded in not really offending anyone in Part I - but I certainly got a fair amount of feedback, including many more ways people felt offended by speakers - which I will include in Part IV - How to Speak & Offend EVEN MORE.

2013 81

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).

2015 67

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?''

2013 85

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.

2015 69

11 Deadly Presentation Sins - Rob Biesenbach: Book 30 of 52 in 52

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Back to reading a bit of material about what I do in life - speaking, and helping others speak.and deliver. I''ve had this book for a LONG time - Rob actually sent it to me in hopes I''d review in time for his launch, which I was unable to do.

2014 70

What's Your Hook?

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We hear the term ''Hook'' bandied about a lot in marketing circles - usually it refers to your theme, your brand, your ''One Big Thing''. For me, it''s Win Anyway! Don''t worry, I won''t go into that topic here today, I''ve got a whole different blog for that philosophy.

2014 71

My 2014 Reading List: 52 Books in 52 Weeks

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Earlier, I shared what I read in 2013 , and promised I''d share what I''d be reading in 2014, under my ''52 in 52'' Goal. These are not all speaking books, not all marketing books, not even all non-fiction books.

2014 78

What Were the Best Speaking Programs/Books of they Year?

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I''ve always loved reading. I grew up reading Encyclopedia Brown and The Great Brain and then the Robert Heinlein books for youth (and later his more mature material), C.S. Lewis, Tolkein, Bradbury, and every Star Trek book I could get my hands on.

2014 78

9 Questions to Help You Define Your Speaking in 2015

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Ah, the last day of the year. Or the first for my many friends on the other side of the world. A time when our brains often hit the reset button. We look back, and we look forward.

2015 68

What I Learned from Lance Miller

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Hey - Look who''s coming to TLI! Toastmasters Leadership Institute) None other than 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking Lance Miller, one of the champions I''ve probably spent the least time with, and seen the least of, over the years.

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