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Do You Signal Your Gifts

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The green light turns yellow.  You know you can make it so you pick up the pace, zooming through the red light. Everyone does it, right?  Wrong!

Whether you are driving your car or driving your presentation home it is safer “to move quickly, but don’t hurry.” Each portion of a Toastmasters meeting is timed and, like a traffic light, teaches you when to go, go with caution, and when to stop.

Don’t just go through your speech, grow through your speech.  ...

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How Do You Sound Lately?

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What did you say?   
Could you speak up please.
Whoa there partner!
Could you slow down a bit?
What did he say?  No idea he mumbled something about “come lately”.

Three main components to your voice are volume, pace and articulation.  Get these right and you will sound dynamite.
If you are naturally soft spoken, raising your voice may feel like you are yelling. To be heard you need to project, not yell at your
audience.  A simple test is ...

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Can You Turn Experience Into Wisdom?

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Does a wise speaker talk down to you or talk over your head as they tell you all they know? Not likely.

A wise speaker does not come across as smarter than you.  The speaker reminds you, often in a new way, of what you already know.  Socrates’ wisdom came by claiming he was not wise; however, his questions showed great wisdom.  As a speaker, relieving your audience’s ignorance is best done by recalling your own confusion and sharing the questions ...

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Do You Ado Introductions?

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And now without further ado please welcome a speaker that needs no introduction my dear friend  John…(stumbling over the name) Ewe-blu-it.

Introductions set the stage. Whether it is a formal presentation or a friend introducing you to someone you find interesting, an introduction can be a stepping stone or a stumbling block.  Here are three tips for success introductions.

1.  Tell the introducer exactly what you want them to say.  Write it out and send it to them before the presentation (Bring ...

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Do You Appreciate Education?

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Hopefully each of us has had at least one teacher whose passion for their subject was enthralling. Even if you never cared for the topic, they made it interesting and meaningful. How did they do it?

A compelling educational speaker knows the subject thoroughly, delivers the material purposefully, and enthralls the audience emotionally.

1.  Knowledge: You have got to know what you are talking about.  Make sure what you say is not all you have to say. We have all met people ...

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