Stories – Take Your Audience Along – Show Don’t Tell

One of the most valuable coaching tips I received as a TEDx speaker is to show, don’t  tell, my stories   The Coach   I shared in a previous post my experience as a TedX Camarillo speaker,  I mentioned we … Continue reading

A Memorable Memorial Service thanks to Toastmasters

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I recently participated in a memorial service for a fellow Toastmaster. Remembering Dick Churchill The gentleman who passed on November 18, 2016, is Richard (Dick) Churchill.  He was a member of Toastmasters for close to 50 years.*   He even met the founder … Continue reading

Public Speaking – Handling an Awkward Moment with Grace

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I recently had an opportunity to practice a public speaking skill by handling an awkward moment. The #1 Rule As  Lilly Walters instructs, “Remember our motto. Expect the unexpected,” it is important to be prepared for jams, mix-ups, and mistakes. … Continue reading

Avoid Computer Updates While Presenting

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Scheduling when updates occur will avoid disruptive computer updates while presenting. I have a page on this site devoted to “J” – for “JAMS. “   It explains common things that can occur while doing a presentation and offers suggestions … Continue reading

Importance of Storytelling for Persuasive Speaking

Storytelling in Public Speaking

Last night I attended an evaluation contest and appreciated the emphasis placed on storytelling for persuasive speaking Toastmasters Evaluations One of the hallmarks of the Toastmasters program is evaluations. Each speaker in a club receives feedback, both written and oral, after delivering a … Continue reading

Public Speaking Anxiety

Public Speaking Anxiety, or Glossophobia, as it is scientifically referred to is the number one fear in the USA. Glōssa, means tongue, and phobos, fear or dread. Scared tongue!   It isn’t your tongue that is scared, it is usually manifested … Continue reading

Hand Gestures when Speaking

Hands are an important part of body language when speaking. In his book titled, Nonverbal Communication,  the leading Californian researcher Albert Mehrabian claims facial expressions are almost eight times as powerful as the words used. That words only count for … Continue reading

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