What Happens When the Win Anyway Guy Loses? Part I

Speak and Deliver

I had qualified to represent my Division in both Table Topics (Impromptu Speaking) and the International Speech Contest. I've also competed in D9 (Eastern WA, NE Oregon, Northern Idaho), and D15 (Utah, Southern, Idaho, Eastern Nevada). Of the 20 previous contests, I had acquired fifteen first place trophies (8 in International) , 4 second place trophies, and only once failed to place in a contest (Evaluation, 2003), but placed first in a second contest (Humorous) at that conference.

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I Owe it All to Toastmasters

Speak and Deliver

to speak for Toastmasters, both as a contestant and a District Conference Keynoter. I''ve coached clients on 4 continents, both in person and via SKYPE, on everything from contest speeches (Tall Tales, Humorous, and Int''l), business presentations, and full-blown keynote speeches. I''ve written two books, helped my wife write a book (and deliver a keynote of her own) an ebook, and this blog has now hit the five year mark. I owe it all to Toastmasters.

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20 tips for better conference speaking ~ Authentic Boredom


There is absolutely no reason in the world you should use anything other than Keynote. There is an astounding difference (not an exaggeration) between the tools, canvas placement, typographic control, and overall aesthetics in Keynote compared to PowerPoint. Once you become familiar with Keynote, which isn’t an arduous process, the productivity and just plain enjoyment you’ll experience using it over PowerPoint is completely worth any switching costs.

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