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Lead Without a Title

  • November 13, 2019

For many folks, leadership is equated with management and a title. We think of the boss, people with authority. But you can lead anywhere, anytime, without a title. Leadership is about taking initiative instead of taking charge. Growing up, I used to love being in charge. Bossing my little sister around. Running for student government. […]

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Pace Yourself

  • November 13, 2019

If you think you’re speaking slowly, you’re speaking normally. If you think you’re speaking normally, you’re speaking too fast. If you think you’re speaking too fast, the audience can’t understand you. Most speakers deliver their speeches to their audience at a much faster rate than they think. General nervousness – We want to get through […]

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Three Tips for a Great Guest Experience

  • October 29, 2019

Many clubs in District 53 are struggling with membership growth. The guest experience is an important factor in deciding to join your club. Here are a few tips for improving the guest experience: First impressions The first impressions are an important element that guests feel welcomed and want to attend next time and become a […]

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Prepare to Win the Audience, Not the Trophy

  • October 8, 2019

At the 2017 humorous speech club contest, I delivered a speech about my family’s twenty-minute parking adventure at the Palisades Mall during the Christmas holidays. I won the club contest and then the area contest.

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What Am I Going to Speak About?

  • October 7, 2019

Have you ever found yourself at a loss for the topic of your next speech? If so, you’re not alone.

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Membership Struggles: Insights from The Product Purchase Cycle

  • October 3, 2019

In Tracy Arrington and Matthew Frederick’s book, 101 Things I Learned in Advertising School, the third thing on the list is the product purchase cycle. Without copying their list exactly, their steps are: Awareness Consideration Investigation Enjoyment Preferment Purchase The basic idea is that before someone decides to buy a car, a stick of gum, […]

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Five Finger Speeches

  • September 11, 2019
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In a five-to-seven minute speech, it’s important not to get lost in the flow of your speech by including extra detail — especially at the cost of your major talking points! One of the skills I’ve cultivated in myself is using the fingers of my right hand to name and count off the major points […]

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The Magic Sauce for Creating a Quality Club

  • September 11, 2019
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Spoiler alert: the magic sauce of successful clubs is amorphous and somewhat elusive!  A quality Toastmasters club reflects an aggregate of various components.  Club environment, leadership, supportive mentoring, active member engagement, and satisfaction, as well as programmatic support for Legacy and Pathways endeavors are key. The terms “climate” and “culture” have been defined in several […]

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Planning Makes You a Confident Leader

  • August 22, 2019
Goal * Plan * Success

I have been working with Cyient Inc. since 2001. In 2011, I was scheduled to present in an internal meeting with 12 people in attendance. I had 25 power point slides to cover in 2 hours, but finished in 30 minutes due to fear of public speaking and nervousness. I came home and called my […]

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The Rule of Three

  • August 22, 2019
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Does planning and organizing your speech seem overwhelming? Not sure where to begin and what to include? Don’t panic! The Rule of Three is here to help. For centuries, we humans have grouped things into threes, making three a subconsciously comfortable number for many things. Using the rule of three will not only help you […]

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