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Have You Had Enough?

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Enough is simply the point where adding anything becomes too much.  When you stand to speak, respond to a question, or offer feedback you need to know your audience’s appetite for information.

Nerves, time pressure and what you know can cause your presentations to become bloated.

Have you ever been nervous around someone you find attractive? You tend to say too much, and then even more,
as you attempt to explain away what you just said, until neither of you knows what ...

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What’s your reason?

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All that you need to do to give a great presentation is to stand up, share something of value and say it well.  Sounds reasonably simple, doesn’t it? 

If it is so easy, then why does Toastmasters even exist, and why do people just like you attend the meetings?  Perhaps it is to find your own reasons.  When reason is offered as the crowning achievement of humanity, we often neglect to see that it floats upon a sea of emotion.  ...

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Why Persuasion?

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Uhh… could you repeat the question, please?  Behind each question is really only one question:  Are you listening to me?

There is a big difference between hearing and listening.  There is an even a bigger difference between answering and understanding.  Answering questions effectively requires you to listen for emotional tone, to understand the context of the question,  and to acknowledge the question and the questioner.

What’s the real question?  Explosions and special effects aside, most movie drama comes from the subtext.  Subtexts ...

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Is Your Purpose Emotional?

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Your audience will forget most of what you said an hour after your presentation and will recall even less a day later.  So what’s the purpose of making a presentation?  How can you make an impression?  Is there any way to make a lasting impact?

You can convey information in an impactful way through emotion.  Think about it, most presentations are boring because it is unclear how the presenter really feels about the subject, or worse, is boring himself.  Memorable presenters, ...

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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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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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