A Memorable Memorial Service thanks to Toastmasters


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

10 Irish Toasts for St. Patrick’s Day

Toasting is an important part of any celebration, and these toasts are of special significance among the Irish – Past International Toastmaster President Ted Corcoran, from Dublin, Ireland.   In 2003-04, I served as the District Governor for Toastmasters District 52.  … Continue reading

The Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Video Testimonial of Your Love

They say home made gifts are the best gifts to receive. I agree!  Especially the ultimate Mother’s Day gift video testimonial of your love When I was going through my mom’s things after she passed away, I was moved to tears … Continue reading

Speaking After Dinner Cartoon

The speaking after dinner cartoon depicts what one doesn’t want to do when addressing an audience who has just finished eating. What is especially uncomfortable for me, as a person often sitting up front and close to speakers due to … Continue reading

Special Occasion Speeches – the Eulogy

I think an eulogy has to be the most difficult speech to write because there not much time to write one and is often written while in shock or grieving. I recently attended a memorial service for a Toastmaster friend. He was … Continue reading

Doing a Roast about a Person – Summary

In this post, we summarize what we learned about preparing and delivering a Roast and Boast for Arnold Schwarzenegger.   The Roast and Boast as a unique way to honor someone special The myth about Roasts that takes all the … Continue reading

Doing a Roast about a Person – the Boast

In this post we clarify exactly what the “boast” is when roasting a person. Most of the posts on this topic have focused on how to ROAST someone.  BUT, every roast should be sandwiched with BOASTS. That is praise the person who is … Continue reading

Doing a Roast about a Person – Images

I recommend collecting a few premade images and tweaking them for the roast. We’ll talk about some examples in this post. In a previous post, I shared some examples and resources for creating your own images for a roast.  But if … Continue reading

Doing a Roast about a Person – Creating Visuals

In this post I’ll share with you ideas for creating visuals for your roast.           There are so many ways to incorporate visuals I hardly know where to begin. Take the image above. This was an image from roflrazzi … Continue reading

Doing a Roast About a Person – creating the content

Now we start pulling it all together  Arnold, here we come! Remember the Myth about Roasts – we are taking a kernel of truth and greatly exaggerating them primarily through the use of jokes. Drawing on the list of things … Continue reading

Doing a Roast about a Person – Cautions

There are some cautions one should take when preparing to deliver a roast. In a previous post we came up with a list of things we know about Arnold. While many of them are true, we aren’t sure, in a … Continue reading

Doing a Roast about a Person – Who Should Not Be Roasted

The Roast There are people who should not be roasted. While being the target of a roast is an honor and a compliment, as explained in the first post of this series, there are some people that just don’t want to be … Continue reading

Doing a Roast about a Person – Why People Shy Away From Roasts

In this post, we look at five reasons why people shy away from roasts and boasts   1) They are not comfortable with speaking in public Many national surveys reveal that speaking in public is one of the top three fears of adults in America … Continue reading

Why do a Roast about a Person?

In this post, we will examine WHY bother to do roasts and boasts? As a public speaker, especially if you are in Toastmasters, the roast gives you  a great opportunity to develop the skills that go into effective speech making. We’ll examine … Continue reading

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