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Reflections on Cincinnati

It has been a little more than two months since my last post. During that period my free time was focused almost exclusively on preparing for the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking that was held in Cincinnati, Ohio from … Continue reading

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Behind Every Champion

One week ago, I achieved a goal that had been several years in the making. In Antwerp, Belgium, I won the Toastmasters International Speech Contest for District 59, which comprises 18 countries in Continental Europe. I now move on to … Continue reading

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Being There, Before You’re There

In a little more than a month’s time, I will fly to Lisbon, Portugal for the Toastmasters District 59 Spring Conference. It promises to be a fabulous time and I am looking forward to seeing many friends from across Europe. … Continue reading

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World Championship of Public Speaking, 2010

Winners of the 2010 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking announced. Continue reading

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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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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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Funny You Should Say That!

Delivering a humorous speech is no laughing matter.  It is hard work. In the fall of 2008, I had the terrific experience of competing in the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest in District 59 (18 countries in Continental Europe).  The contest … Continue reading

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Your Speaking Rate

Frequently, we have to give a speech within strict time limits.  Speech contests are a good example.  If we go over by even one second, we are disqualified.  Other examples include being given a 30-minute slot at a conference or 15 minutes to … Continue reading

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Back from the Toastmasters District Conference

OK, after a hiatus of several days (during which I did not turn on a computer or watch TV – heaven!) I am back from the District 59 Toastmasters Conference.  The venue was the Intercontinental Hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany.  As usual, it was … Continue reading

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Off to the Toastmasters District Conference

I will not be posting over the next few days as I am heading off to Dusseldorf, Germany tomorrow to participate in the Toastmasters District 59 Conference.  I will be competing in the International Speech Contest.  The Judge’s Ballot offers … Continue reading

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