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Dec: Next Generation Speaking

Are you Ready? Becoming a paid public speaker. How hard could it be? That was my exact thought after I’d been in Toastmasters for a year or two. I recall a Toastmaster telling me his wife took a shot at paid speaking, but she couldn’t make it pay. My thought: how hard could it be? […]

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Nov: Familiar Truthiness

Well, would you look at that? I just read about another speaker who says an audience has to “process” a presentation, not just passively listen. It was in the July, 2014 Toastmasters Magazine, Add Story to Your Slides. I suggest you read it again, with a highlighter. But let’s go a step further and learn something […]

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creating relevant content

Oct: Are You a Stale Presenter?

What’s new ?  Ugh!  I never liked that question. What if I had nothing new? Does that mean I have no life? A loser? At the same time, it’s something to aim for in your presentations: something new. To keep it fresh. To keep it relevant. For the audience and for you. You will deliver it […]

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Sept: Think You’re Past the Basics?

What do you think when you see an article entitled something like, “Back to the Basics?” I used to think, “Ugh! “I’ve been there. I’m beyond that.” At the same time, I usually find a pearl somewhere in the article: maybe something I forgot or something I downplayed. So here we go. See if you […]

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don't make me think

Aug: Vegas vs Succulent

Audience Engagement: Are You Making Your Audience think too much? In my quest to study audience engagement, I finally found an article to support my theory that audiences need time to process what you say and present. Meaning, if something you say or do takes extra time to process, they either take the extra time and miss […]

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June: to TED or not to TED

I heard a funny comment from another TM Speaker’s Bureau: “Everyone wants to give a TED talk, but no one wants to give a 20 minute qualifying speech.”  As tough as a Qualifying Speech is, a TED talk is more demanding. One observation was: prepare to give the talk of your life. How are you going […]

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sonny rollins cant think and play

May: Can’t Think and Play at the Same Time

Sonny Rollins: ‘You Can’t Think And Play At The Same Time’ 83 year old jazz musician Sonny Rollins has been playing music for over 60 years. In an NPR interview he said: ‘You Can’t Think And Play At The Same Time‘. He goes on: “The thing is this: When I play, what I try to […]

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Jan: What’s Your Speaking Goal?

It’s a new year and you’re wondering: Is Victor going to talk goals? I have to.  We spent time at the last meeting with valuable discussions on updating our presentation titles, now it’s time to put some muscle behind those presentations. Therefore, specifically, we need to identify our speaking goals. My motivation for this? The […]

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kickoff for 2014

Dec: Kickoff Next Year with a 2014 Strategy

This Kick-Off-Next-Year meeting is about you. You, your speaking and 2014. I will address two paths, the business path and the speaking path, with two stories. Let’s start 2014 with a plan for your speaking. Whether huge goals or small steps, let’s do something together. That’s right, together – for support and accountability. As you probably know, there is nothing like reaching an audience. Several […]

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5 senses story

Nov: Sense-ible Stories?

In communicating, we invoke the senses when we say things like, “I see what you mean.”  “That sounds good.” “That doesn’t feel right.” The sense of smell is used much less. We may describe a situation as, “That stinks.” Yet smell is the most powerful with respect to memories. Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of public […]

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