I was recently invited to speak at the Toastmasters club that meets at the DreamWorks Disney Animation Campus in Glendale California.  The title of my talk was “Speaker-Leader-Author” The purpose of the gathering was an open-house to showcase how a Toastmasters meeting, … 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

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

Newsworthy Talks for 2013 Bono

Bono’s Ted Talk titled, “The Good News On Poverty”  is one of Toastmasters International seven top newsworthy talks for 2013.   Toastmasters International has two missions: Developing leaders and making effective communication a worldwide reality; they take good talks seriously.  Seven  talks from 2013 were … 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

Speaker Promo Reels

Speaker promo reels showcase your talent to prospective clients. I think everyone should have a promo reel.  A promo reel is different than having talks you’ve given posted on YouTube.  A promo reel (also known as “sizzle reels”) is a … 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

Seven Great Quotes about Public Speaking

Many years ago while still working at UCLA a colleague whose father was a professor, gave me one of her father’s prized possessions, “Braude’s Pocket Card of Speakers.”   It consists of five 3X5 cards with tips on public speaking … Continue reading

Quotes about Public Speaking – Milo O. Frank

This quote about public speaking comes from the author of a book that has been in publication for over 20 years 30 seconds can change the direction of your career and your life. – Milo O. Frank Milo O. Frank … Continue reading

Spook Your Audience by Speaking Overtime

This Halloween (or any time)  spook and perhaps even strike terror in your audience by speaking overtime.   Speaking Overtime is an easy way to sabotage your talk and your reputation In my 25+ years as a speaker one thing I’ve learned … Continue reading

Public Speaking Cartoon – The Budget Talk

You don’t want to be told THIS after completing a talk!       Here are some posts that can help you avoid putting your audience asleep and getting les than life-giving feedback! Any of the techniques used by Dr. … Continue reading

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