Category Archives: Speaking and Evaluating

Tips on everything from writing a speech, to using vocal variety, body language and gestures to performing evaluation on other speakers. You will also find videos of professional speakers.

Importance of Table Topics

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Magic and Public Speaking

In the video below, Brian Brushwood talks about Performance Anxiety in magic and what the magician can do to calm his/her nerves. It turns out that these are the same type of skills that many speakers need when presenting in … Continue reading

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Consider Having a Pocket Speech

A pocket speech is a pre-written speech that you have handy for a last minute speaking opportunity. Every month we seem to end up with at least one meeting that we are short a speaker. This is a wasted opportunity … Continue reading

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Scared Speechless – Free Book

If one of your goals for the new year is to improve your self-confidence and presentation skills, then Toastmasters is a great place to start. Here’s a free book download to get you started and help to get those butterflies … Continue reading

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Tedx Talk Preparation

I came across this video of Fred Miller talking about preparing for a Tedx talk. He has a number of great points that we can all learn from.

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A Guide to Keeping Meetings On Time

Keeping meetings on time is just as important as any other part of our Toastmaster meetings. Not only will it get people out of the meeting at the expected time, but it will also give those who have meeting roles … Continue reading

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Prezi

Last night I used a presentation tool during my speech called Prezi. Prezi is an online software program that allows you build all your “talking points” on a single canvas. As you transition to each “talking point” you see the … Continue reading

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Toastmasters can aid your public speaking skills.

By: Carl Hendrickson Do you have or do you know someone who has glossophobia — the fear of public speaking? This is the No. 1 fear often expressed by individuals — a fear even greater than the fear of death. … Continue reading

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Vocal Variety Tips from Stacy Duncan

Stacy Duncan gave a very informative speech last week, titled “The Four P’s to a Presentation.” In it, she offered multiple exercises to help us improve our vocal variety. Write Out Loud is the website reference she used for a … Continue reading

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Free Book – Scared Speechless

I thought I would remind everyone that my book “Scared Speechless” is available as a free download on our website. It contains over forty ways to get those butterflies to fly in formation.

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Three Missing Manuals

At some point in the past, Toastmasters Int. has stopped sending out three manuals for new members. I have found them online for members to view and download. Effective Evaluations Gestures: Your Body Speaks Your Speaking Voice Thanks to Sera … Continue reading

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Ted Presentation Tips

Here’s a good article on presentation tips from one of the Ted leaders. These are all things we talk about in Toastmasters. http://www.techinsider.io/chris-anderson-how-to-give-an-amazing-ted-talk-2016-4

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How to Go Viral on a TedTalk

I just came across a study by http://www.scienceofpeople.com/ted/ and they investigated why some Ted videos went viral while others had few viewings. The main thrust of the piece was that it wasn’t what you said, but how you said it that … Continue reading

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Free Writing

Here’s a speech I did on Free Writing. Give it a try and it will help you in your speech writing in the future.

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Lynda.com Free for St. Louis County Library Users

I’ve been a big proponent of Lynda.com for many years and now I just noticed that it is Free for St. Louis County Library Users. Lynda.com is a video resource and training company for a LARGE list of programs and … Continue reading

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Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat

Here’s a book I wrote a number of years ago which might help some of my fellow Toastmasters. Click Here to Download

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Ted Talk Tips

As a frequent Ted Talk viewer, I thought I’d put together some research into how a good Ted Talk is developed and delivered. Slides – only use if they will enhance the message. Use graphics over text and if you … Continue reading

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Evaluation Checklist

    Toastmasters International has a good book you can download on Effective Evaluations.       Below is a video on how to give better evaluations.   Here is a basic list of things to look for when evaluating … Continue reading

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How to be Intriguing

Sam Horn shows us the Intrigue Process – How to create interest and connect with anyone, anytime, anywhere. Note that she does this by telling stories and audience participation  – all things that we need to do when giving a … Continue reading

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A Presentation Without Power Point

The video below reminds us all of the fact that if you have good humor, vocal variety and facial expression, you not only don’t need Power Point, but you don’t even need pictures in a book.

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Find a Friendly Face in the Crowd

I was reminded of a presentation tip by Jim last night at our TM meeting. He came up to me after the meeting and said that he was disappointed that I wasn’t sitting out in the audience. I was the … Continue reading

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Speech Evaluation Template – Bob Gergen

Bob Gergen was nice enough to share his evaluation template not only for new Toastmaster training, but he also has given us permission to share it with club members. Bob is an evaluation award winner and gives us some practical … Continue reading

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The Importance of Body Language

Most of us know how important body language is not only when giving a speech, but in many other situations in life. Amy Cuddy in the video below shows us how to achieve that feeling of power that we all … Continue reading

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Speech Writing 101 – the video

Here’s a video Tom did on the process of writing a speech.

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Speech Writing 101

Tom Terrific is doing a program on Speech Writing tomorrow – December 11th – Wednesday – 7pm – regular club meeting – if you’d like to learn how to put together that “Terrific” speech.

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How to Put Humor into Your Presentation – Keith Woodman

This was a speech done by Keith Woodman at our club about how to add humor into your presentation. It’s great material, so please take the time to listen to it.  

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Turn a Joke into a Humorous Story

Many times a new speaker will resort to reading a joke he found on the internet and it will usually flop. What they need to do instead is to take that joke and turn it into a believable story and … Continue reading

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Scared Speechless – Free Book Download

Free book download. Scared Speechless    

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Effective Evaluation Training

Here’s a “how-t0” video from Adam Kutell on how to do an effective evaluation. Also Toastmasters International has a good article on this topic. (click here)

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When the Electricity Goes Out – Be Prepared.

I was at a presentation this week where the presenters were about thirty minutes into their program when the electricity went out. The room did have some backup lights, but their carefully crafted Power Point program complete with video was … Continue reading

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Don Clair – The Secret of Outstanding

Fellow Toastmasters! Here is one of Don Clair’s favorite speeches! He has been kind to share it with us. This speech is an example of what one can do with their voice, and how effective voice modulation can draw the … Continue reading

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How to be a Terrific Speaker

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Speech by Brian Ettling

Brian did a great job in the speech below. He uses audience participation, humor, visual aids, gestures and stories – he gets the “Terrific” award. Note – you need to fast forward to the five minute-25 seconds mark to get … Continue reading

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The Importance of Body Language

I just watched  a great “Ted” video about the importance of positive body language. Since the debates start tomorrow night, I thought you might enjoy watching this video and see how the candidates put this type of knowledge to use.

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Lectern versus Podium

Google show us the usage of lectern versus podium. Lectern is losing badly. Note this graph came from http://books.google.com/ngrams/

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Audience Participation – Demonstration by Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin shows how to get great audience participation in a musical way.

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Good Speakers to Imitate and Emulate

I was walking on my treadmill today watching some of the speakers on Ted Talks. The speakers were all not only interesting in what they said, but were all accomplished speakers. They all were standing in front of a large … Continue reading

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Tom Peters – Presentation Excellence

Tom Peters is an excellent business speaker and in this downloadable power point slide show, he give us 56 points to remember for “Presentation Excellence.” I would never use an all text  slide show like this, but the points he … Continue reading

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Speech Topic Selection 101

Here’s a speech I did on Speech Topic Selection. There’s also a worksheet at the end you can use to help generate ideas. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Speech Topic Selection – 101 “Talk About What You Know” Once a month in Toastmasters, this … Continue reading

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Seeing Your Notes While Running Power Point

If you’ve ever wondered why many speakers still rely on all those bullet points in a presentation, it’s mainly because they don’t know their material. Now there’s a way to show great graphic visuals and still have notes to reference … Continue reading

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Kissing the Microphone and Testing Beforehand

At a recent charity auction I noticed two distinct ways to hold a microphone and two distinct and different results. One speaker held the microphone close to his lips – almost as if he was kissing the microphone. He was … Continue reading

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Writing a Speech – the process

1. Have an idea for a general topic – something that interests you. You can refine your topic later as you get more information and find out what “YOU” really have to say. Ideally you want to talk about a … Continue reading

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How to Have Great Vocal Variety and Hand Gestures

I’m always amazed at how we start out so open and vocal and free to move and gesture. Somehow though many of us lose those qualities over time. Watch these two kids and learn.

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Presentation Tips from Previous Magazine Issues

The Toastmaster magazine has previous issues of magazines available to download. There are lots of presentation tips going  back to January 2007. (Here’s the link)

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Writing a Speech in Five Minutes

All of us at some point in our speaking career have to give a speech, but don’t have the time to prepare. Illness, family problems, extra time needed at work – these are all valid reasons to be in a … Continue reading

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Aristotle’s Rules for Persuasive Speech

When you think of old, very old, extremely old speakers. Who’s the first person which comes to mind? Larry King? NO – this speaker is older than Larry Impossible you say, no one is older than Larry. Well let me … Continue reading

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Speech Tip for the President

After watching the Jan. 25, 2011 Presidential Sate of the Union speech, I saw something I’ve never noticed before. It appeared that many people, senators and representatives, were looking down, reading his presentation from a prepared text, instead of looking … Continue reading

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Volunteer Tip

If you’re going to use volunteers in your presentation, it’s best to sign them up ahead of time. If you don’t know the group ask one of the leaders who might be a good willing participant and then go up … Continue reading

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Practicing a Speech – Tip from the NY Times

I just read an interesting article from the NT Times which seems to relate to giving a speech. It  says, “The research, published online Thursday in the journal Science, found that students who read a passage, then took a test … Continue reading

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Introductions – 101

The Actual Introduction The introduction is where your audience forms their first impression about you. Although it is only a small part of your entire presentation, it is here that you can either grab your audience or totally turn them … Continue reading

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