Quotes about Public Speaking by the CEO of Stew Leonards

When it comes to good public speaking topics, I think quotes about public speaking by the CEO of Stew Leonards hits the nail on the head: Never give a speech on something unless it is something you like yourself.   … Continue reading

Quotations about Quotes

Quotations are powerful tools for speaking – and living! I believe in the power of quotes.  Quotes are an extremely effective tool to enhance one’s talk. So much so that I have a web site devoted to quotes. For fun I looked … Continue reading

Ted Talk Joshua Prager

Ted Talk with Joshua Prager is a showcase of extraordinary storytelling In a previous post I promised to do a few posts about the 7 newsworthy talks Toastmasters International selected for 2013.  In that same post I kicked off the … Continue reading

Clarity When Speaking

I recently witnessed two presentations that reminded me of the importance of clarity when speaking.     One of the definitions of clarity on Dictionary.com is:  “Clearness or lucidity as to perception or understanding; freedom from indistinctness or ambiguity.” This is what you want to achieve when practicing and delivering your speech. … Continue reading

Three Lectern Etiquette Tips to Avoid What Travolta did at the Oscars

John Travolta became legendary in March 2014 – but for the wrong reason.  Here are three lectern etiquette tips to avoid what Travolta did at the Oscars. The singer’s name is Idina Menzel’s, but introduced by John Travolta as “Adele Dazeem.” … Continue reading

Easy Template for Organizing Your Speech

Strong speech organization is a way to put your ideas together in an orderly manner, which helps the audience to understand and follow your thoughts.   A few days ago I was purging stuff from closets in my garage and … Continue reading

Don’t Set Yourself Up for Failure as a Speaker

Don’t set yourself up for failure as a speaker by not being fully prepared to use PowerPoint   My final post for 2013 (besides the one announcing I was taking a break so I could complete my book on hearing … Continue reading

Challenges with PowerPoint

As the President of the Toastmasters District 52 Golden Gavel Club and Chairman of the Speakers Bureau, I see lots of challenges when it comes to PowerPoint. Rather than enhancing one’s talk, it injures it! In Toastmasters, many Districts have … 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

Check Plan for Speaking Success

Here is a handy one minute check plan for speaking success In my recent post with seven great speaking quotes I referred to the “Pocket Cards for Speakers” created by Jacob M. Braude.  They are long out of print but … 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

Quotes About Public Speaking – John Ford

john ford quote

Quotes About Public Speaking – John Ford – the creator of famous movies with heart You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.  -John Ford   I vividly recall becoming acutely aware of who … 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

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    Photographs for your presentations