Selected Articles

Geneva Lunch – Article on my winning the 2008 Toastmasters District 59 (Continental Europe) Humorous Speech Contest.

Swiss Info – Article on my winning the 2008 Toastmasters District 59 (Continental Europe) Humorous Speech Contest.

Toastmaster Magazine – Article on humorous speech contests.

Toastmaster Magazine – My article on using social media to enhance your public speaking skills.

World Champion Evaluator – My tips for successful speech evaluations.

World Radio Switzerland Interview (Audio) – My interview on WRS following my victory in the 2008 Toastmasters District 59 (Continental Europe) Humorous Speech Contest.

11 Responses to Selected Articles

  1. Wang Wei says:

    Hi, John,
    Your website is a real help for those interested in public speaking. I will come here often.

  2. Fran Watson says:

    Hi John,

    Just discovered your website from a link on the Toastmasters International Facebook page. It looks great and I am looking forward to checking it out more fully and linking back to your site from my blog. Thanks for all the great information you have provided here!!


    • John Zimmer says:

      Hi Fran,

      Thanks very much for the comment. Glad you like the site. You are most welcome here. I will be sure to check out your blog as well.


  3. Kamran says:

    Hi John,

    I really enjoyed your workshop at the Toastmasters Division E conference in Geneva on Oct 30th.

    The role of “pathos” in public speaking is certainly an interesting one.



    • John Zimmer says:

      Thanks, Kamran. I only heard good things about your workshop at the conference and hope to be able to catch a repeat performance in the near future.



  4. Hello John,

    I am particularly proud of knowing you and learning from you at Toastmasters and elsewhere. You and your success story represent my vision of the Arc Lémanique and Switzerland.

    Indeed, many immigrants have shaped our history.



  5. passionatenomad says:

    John, your site is fabulous – so complete with lots of great information; yet it doesn’t appear crowded. I will study it and thanks for your help tonight. Plus, CONGRATLATIONS ON SECOND PRIZE AT DUSSELDORF!!!

    Rhea/Passionate Nomad

  6. Franca says:

    John, in your question, which aspect of a speech makes the biggest impact on the audience – verbal, visual or content – I’d have to go with all three.

    Normally, as you mentioned, speakers know their material so well, that they often rush through it, leaving the audience behind, not giving us an opportunity to visualize the scene. As for content? Well, if they aren’t good at painting the picture and giving details, they have lost me. Visual on the other hand, if not supported by the other two, will be a short lived impact. However when accompanied by great content, and riveting vocal variety, that keeps me locked in.

    Thanks. Franca

  7. Hello John, I like your web site. You have some excellent articles, images and videos. Really professional. Regards, Vince

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