Category Archives: Speeches

Speaker Wins AGT

If you are a fan of America’s Got Talent, you see quite an assortment of talented individuals from singers to trapeze artist and dog trainers. What you have never seen until now are speakers. Brandon Leake is the first speaker … Continue reading

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Speaker on America’s Got Talent

You don’t see speakers very often on TV, so when one comes around that wows the judges, I have to share it with you.

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A Toastmaster Christmas

by Mary K Spencer Twas the night before Christmas at the Toastmaster Club, No members were present, they were all at the Pub. The stockings were hung by the lecturn with care. No goodies inside because no one was there. … Continue reading

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Invocation by Sandy Roll

As we celebrate this season of Thanksgiving, we give thanks for the blessings of family, friendship, love and nourishment. Nourishment of the body and of mind. We especially want to say Thank You for this special day, and for all … Continue reading

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Faith Over Fear In Just One Year

By Mary K Spencer “This question’s for you,”  Table Topics Master said. I closed my eyes and lowered my head. Couldn’t he ask someone else instead? My body tensed with instant dread. “When have you practiced  FAITH OVER FEAR?” “Oh, that’s … Continue reading

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Speech – A Stubborn Problem

One of our newest members, Bill Hurston, gave a very interesting and thought provoking speech at a recent meeting. Luckily we did a video to share with the rest of the club.

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Mark Scharenbroich

Here’s another great speaker we can all learn from – Mark Scharenbroich.

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2017 T.I. Winning Speeches

Here are the top three speeches at Toastmasters International. —————————————— —————————————— —————————————– —————————————–

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“Save Your Life” – Brent Stewart

Brent recently shared this story at Toastmasters. It could “Save Your Life.”

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The Value of a Mentor in Toastmasters

Here’s a recent speech by Carl Hendrickson on the value of a good mentor/coach.

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Leo Buscaglia Speech

Here’s a speech I did about Leo Buscaglia many years ago. I thought it might interest some of our members. If you’re never seen Leo speak, please take some time and look him up on YouTube. He has passed away, … Continue reading

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2016 World Championship Speeches

First Place 2nd Place – partial 3rd Place – partial  

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Speech by Kathy Denton – There is Another Way

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World Champion Presentation

If you’ve ever wanted to see a Toastmasters International  World Champion in action, you’ve now got an opportunity to do that and the club is picking up the cost by paying for the club registration. The club’s registration includes seating … Continue reading

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The Toastmaster Bag

Here’s a tip that I make for all new Toastmasters. Find a bag that you use just for Toastmasters. When you’re ready to go to a meeting, you can just grab the bag on the way out or possibly even keep … Continue reading

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Speech by Lou Holtz

Lou Holtz not only had a great career in football and coaching, but he also is one heck of a speaker. He reminds me of an old-fashioned motivational speaker, but his messages are timeless.

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2015 World Championship Speech

Here’s the video of the 2015 World Champion – Mohammed Qahtani – “The Power of Words.” Business Insider also did a nice interview with him which has the speech included.

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District 8 Champion to Visit SCTM

Tawanna Watson, the District 8 Speech Champion, is going to visit the club on July 22nd and wants to practice the speech she is going to give for the International Contest. I’m sure she would appreciate any feedback you can … Continue reading

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Is Your Password – “Password?”

Speech I gave last Wednesday dealing with computer security.

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Free Books from Scott Ginsberg – the Name Tag Guy

One of speakers who has gotten a niche market is Scott Ginsberg the Name Tag Guy. He’s been wearing a name for over 5000 days and seems to be doing pretty well. Take a look at his site when you … Continue reading

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2014 – Toastmasters World Champion

Dananjaya Hettiarachchi World Champion of Public Speaking 2014 (thanks to Don C. for this link)    

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Warren Buffett’s Comments on Public Speaking

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Leo Buscaglia – Great Speaker

You’ve probably never seen or met Leo, but I had the privilege of knowing him and it was amazing. If you want to be a great passionate speaker, see what Leo does and try to incorporate it into your speeches.

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Brian Ettling’s Interview on NPR

Congratulations to Brian for his recent interview on St. Louis Public Radio – NPR. Here’s a link to the write-up and show.(click here)

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Speak – the movie

I just noticed that the movie “Speak” is available at the St. Louis County library. It’s about Toastmaster’s World Championship of public speaking. I have not seen it yet, but have it ordered. You can order it at the slcl.org … Continue reading

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World Championship Speeches

Here are some of the past World Champion Speakers: 2001  – Darren LaCroix 2007 – Vikas Jhingran 2012 – Ryan Avery – 1st Place 2012 – Carol Carter – 2nd Place

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2013 World Champion

PRESIYAN VASILEV is the 2013 Toastmaster International Champion.  Following are two videos about Pres below. Pres talks about his journey. Darren LaCroix talking about the speech and the preparation it took.

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Beyond Competent Leadership

Carl Hendrickson talks about how to go beyond being a competent leader.   

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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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Howard Brandt – Cliff Cave Park

Howard’s speech on Cliff Cave Park.

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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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David Wilkins Speech – Civics in the Classroom

Nice speech by David about the need for more civics classes in our schools.

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Speech by Colin Powell

This speech by Colin Powell is a good one to learn from. It’s from a Ted Talk – “Colin Powell: Kids need structure.” He uses humor – visual aids – stories – a bit of exaggeration and a nice summary.

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Speaker to Watch – Diana Nyad

Diana Nyad’s speech about swimming from Cuba to Florida shows us some great presentation techniques. While she may not get the best-dressed award, she tells her story as well as any speaker.

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Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Heat

Here’s a recent speech on goal setting I did at the club. You can download the book for free at http://www.TomTerrific.com – click on My Books.

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A Tornado Is Coming – What Do I Do?

Here is a speech I gave on October 24, 2012.Hopefully you will find it useful and might save your life. Here’s the link with my list of 74 emergency items. http://tomterrific1.wordpress.com/2012/04/14/emergency-preparedness-kit/

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Don Clair Video on YouTube

Don has put together a collection of parts of his speeches for us to enjoy and learn.

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Calendar 101

This is a speech I have done in the past and it might help members for this coming year. ——————————————- Calendar 101 – Doesn’t it sound like one of your school’s dullest and most boring classes? Sure it does. Actually, … Continue reading

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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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2011 World Championship Speech

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Buckle Your Seat Belt

I did a speech at the club recently about a car accident which my nephew and his wife were involved in. When I asked for a show of hands of how many people in the audience have been in a … Continue reading

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Dee McAliney Presents Lady Godiva

Speaking from the Advanced Communication Series, Bringing History to Life, Dee McAliney relies on the spirits of Lady Godiva in this presentation! Dee states the legend of Lady Godiva dates back to the Middle Ages in England.  Lady Godiva was … Continue reading

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Barb’s Quotes for the Evening

Barb S. speech last night was very moving and had some great quotes. Make the best of a bad situation Make the Most of the Moment Find out what you can do, not what you can’t do.

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What was it that made me believe that I could be a public speaker

By Kevin Wilson

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World Champion – 2010

Here’s Dave Henderson in a tall Tales contest. No wonder he won this years contest.

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Carl Shops With His Wife

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How to Buy a New Car

Part 1 Part 2

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Video Tips from Tom

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Ed Foreman – Great Speaker to Watch

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