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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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What’s in it for me?

  • July 12, 2019
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That is the question that all audience members ask themselves as they listen to a presentation or speech.  Should I pay attention?  How much do I care about this?  Is there something else I should prioritize? So it is critical for all speakers to gain the buy-in of audience members.  You can’t assume because they […]

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Who Is Following You?

  • July 12, 2019
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As a Leader, you’re more effective if people willingly follow your lead. This would mean that they have “bought into” and support your vision. Clearly communicating your vision in early July goes a long way toward completing your Club Success Plan by the end of July, and reaching Distinguished status the following June. That clarity […]

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