Category Archives: Toastmasters

More on Speech Contests

Greetings from sunny Tunisia where I have been enjoying a much needed holiday with my family. The blue sky, warm sea, cold drinks and wonderful people have brought life to a pleasantly sloooooow pace. My regime has also included staying … Continue reading

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The Number One Rule for Speech Contests

In less than two weeks, the 2010 Toastmasters International Convention will begin in Palm Desert, California. As always, the highlight will be the International Speech Contest. There will be nine Semi-finals, each featuring nine contestants. The nine winners will square … Continue reading

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Basic Public Speaking Etiquette

The next time you give a speech or presentation and are introduced by someone, wait until that person sits down before you start talking. Too often, many speakers overlook this most basic aspect of public speaking etiquette. The result is … Continue reading

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Link by Link and Tweet by Tweet

This article appeared in the April 2010 issue of Toastmaster Magazine. The issue was devoted to social media and the editors asked me to write a piece about how social media can be used to enhance one’s public speaking and … Continue reading

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Volcanoes and Toastmasters

It has been quite a week! The eruption of the Eyjafjallajökull (say that 10 times fast!) Volcano in Iceland has wreaked havoc with schedules across Europe. Fortunately, Switzerland has re-opened its air space, so it looks like I will be … Continue reading

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Effective Communication 2010

A little promotion for today’s post. From 22 – 25 April 2010, I will be in beautiful Porto, Portugal for a couple of speaking engagements organized by the great people at Toastmasters in Portugal. The first presentation will be at … Continue reading

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The Benefits of Mentoring

One of the newsletters that I read on a regular basis comes from New Pace Consulting, a dynamic company that helps its clients improve their business processes and systems. New Pace recently wrote an article about the value of mentoring. … Continue reading

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A Movie I Have to See!

When it comes to being on the cutting edge of cinema … I’m not your guy. Case in point: “Slum Dog Millionaire” was the first movie in perhaps 20 years that my wife and I saw in the theatre before … Continue reading

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Guest post by Rich Hopkins

The following post was written by my friend and fellow public speaker, Rich Hopkins. Rich has made it twice to the finals of the World Championship of Public Speaking, placing 3rd in 2006. This post first appeared in his blog, … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Humorous Speech

Following my victories at the Toastmasters District Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests in Hamburg, many people have asked me how I go about preparing for a contest. In particular, they have asked how I crafted my humorous speech once … Continue reading

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Back from the District Conference

My contest-winning speech at the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest in Hamburg. Continue reading

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Toastmasters District Conference – Hamburg, Germany

Tomorrow I am off to the Toastmasters District 59 Conference in Hamburg. I will be competing in the Humorous Speech Contest and the Table Topics (impromptu speaking) Contest. I am looking forward to the competitions; however, the best part will be seeing … Continue reading

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