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

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

Face the Fear of Public Speaking

Make this year, the year you face the fear of public speaking. Fear, Public Speaking. It is debilitating and a significant reason to not move forward in careers and business. Overcoming it can be easy. Imagine yourself knowing that you never … 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

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

Doing a Roast about a Person with Jokes

jokes during a roast

Exaggerate a kernel of truth with jokes during a roast.    The Roast is to include jokes and anecdotes from other sources to apply to the honored guest. The myth, revisited In a previous post  I talked about the myth that makes roasts unpleasant. … Continue reading

Doing a Roast about a Person – The Myth

There are myths surrounding doing a roast about a person that can ruin all the fun.   Dispelling the Myth I’m sure you, as so many of my students have confessed, have sat through roasts and squirmed in discomfort.  Why … Continue reading

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