Toastmasters 101

Toastmasters 101

A Podcast Production of Toastmasters District 10

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April 16, 2021 13 min

Why You Should Look at Toastmasters Debate Clubs We’ve all been there.  That discussion that you want to have, that we need to have.  Whether it’s politics, society norms, or the intrinsic value of moosetracks ice cream – you want to discuss it.  You want to explore it with friends, family, or the person in … Continue reading "Toastmasters Debate"

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Great Toastmasters Speech Evaluations don’t happen by accident. How do you get them and how do you keep them? Toastmasters speech evaluations are the key tool to improving your public speaking. I just came across a speech evaluation that I have a picture of on my phone. I don’t know why I had it.  It … Continue reading "Great Toastmasters Speech Evaluations: How to Get and Keep Them"

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Does the Level 4 Create a Podcast intimidate you? Did you ever get a two-fer? Like being in college and writing the same paper for 2 classes. Or discovering that you have a vacation day and being given an extension because the office is closed. I hear people say they don’t have any ideas about … Continue reading "Toastmasters Level 4 Project: Create a Podcast"

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December 10, 2020 11 min

Giving a speech is an art.  That’s my firm belief.  It’s art like singing or dancing – it’s the creation of a moment that has an impact on those who present and those who partake.  When we’re faced with the most important speech we have to give – we need to have that same grace … Continue reading "The Most Important Speech You Have to Give"

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Should you say “thank you, Toastmasters” at the end of your speech? We are celebrating Thanksgiving here in the United States this week.  It’s a time to think about the things we’re grateful for and express our gratitude to those who have blessed us. I am extremely grateful to many Toastmasters I have met over … Continue reading "Thanks Giving in Toastmasters “Thank You, Toastmasters”"

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Let’s take a look at the Toastmasters Path final project:  Reflect on Your Path. Reflect on Your Toastmasters Path Have you ever cleaned out a garage or storage shed and had the great sense of completion that one gigantic task is done? It’s so satisfying when you close the door and you know that it’s … Continue reading "Reflecting on Your Path: Toastmasters Finale"

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October 15, 2020 12 min

Sometime in the next few months, your Toastmasters club is going to hold a contest.  For new members, a Toastmasters speech contest sounds maybe a bit… childish?  unnecessarily competitive?  waste of time? I suspect that you’ve never seen a Toastmasters speech contest. On today’s podcast, let’s take a look at one of the biggest events … Continue reading "Toastmasters Speech Contest: Are You In?"

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I’ve mentioned my friend Terry in previous episodes.  Terry owns a painting company here in Ohio.  Because of his successful business, he was asked to give a 45-minute break-out professional presentation session at an international conference about how he built his business. If you were in his shoes, what would you have done? Many people … Continue reading "A Professional Presentation at Toastmasters?"

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September 24, 2020 18 min

Get ready for your area director visits now. Toastmasters International is a worldwide organization.  We are seeing massive growth outside of the United States, where Toastmasters is based.   Do you ever wonder how they manage over 300 thousand members and thousands of clubs?  Do they know what’s happening in the clubs?  How do they know … Continue reading "Area Director Visits"

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What does your online meeting agenda look like to a guest of your club? What?  You don’t have one? Can you imagine trying to cut down a tree with a power saw – without starting it up?  Absolutely ludicrous idea, isn’t it?  The power tool is designed to be used to solve a problem quickly … Continue reading "Your Online Meeting Agenda: The Power Tool You Need"

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What’s a general evaluator?  What do they do?  Why should you take on the role? As I was chatting with my protege Joy today about tomorrow’s meeting, she told me that it took her 3 weeks to figure out how to spell our club’s name. Yeah, Cuyahoga is not the easiest word to spell or … Continue reading "The General Evaluator Creates Great Meetings"

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September 2, 2020 17 min

Peole leave Toastmasters clubs for many reasons.  What reasons do we have for them to come back to Toastmasters? In today’s podcast, we have interviewed past District 10 Governor Deonna More Taylor.  She’s a 7.5 time DTM (Distinguished Toastmaster Award) with the next one just one project away from completion. Deonna More Taylor, DTM x … Continue reading "Come Back to Toastmasters"

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August 27, 2020 15 min

How do you customize your Toastmasters experience? “At least, they didn’t have to amputate my foot.” That’s how my conversation with Joy, my Toastmasters protege, started yesterday. “What?” I must have screeched into her ear. “I think it might make a good speech at the Toastmasters meeting,” she continued. Ya think? Joy is a gifted … Continue reading "Customize Your Toastmasters Path"

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How do you show your audience what you want them to see?  How do you add images that support the vision of your speech? The Nature of Communication Like dance, like acting, public speaking is a movement of ideas from the artist to the audience. I believe that public speaking is an art.  It comes … Continue reading "Adding Images and Vision to Your Speeches"

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How an introduction visit to a different Toastmasters meeting changed my club meeting participation forever. Two shocking changes improved our Toastmasters meetings – you can do these too! Do you get emails with this kind of subject line? Do you see ads with phrases like “You won’t believe what happened next!” Yep, me too. In … Continue reading "Your Speech Introduction: Sell Your Speech First"

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What are your goals this year in Toastmasters?  Have you given that much thought?  What if you decide to think big and go for a Triple Crown? What’s a Triple Crown, you ask? Today on Toastmasters 101, let’s discuss your work and what you can do to win three awards in this Toastmasters year. Do … Continue reading "Toastmasters Triple Crown and Smedley Awards"

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The fear of public speaking is an insidious thing.  It grabs us when we have time to prepare our presentation, and its hold is just as strong when we don’t have time to prepare.  But so much of our communication is impromptu speaking – how do we cope with our fear of public speaking when … Continue reading "Table Topics: Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking"

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Let’s talk about dealing with your body’s reactions to your fear of public speaking Our bodies are supposed to do what we want them to do, right?  So why do we get the shakes, feel our knees go weak, or get nauseated as we approach the podium to give a speech? My friend Joy said … Continue reading "2 Keys to Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking"

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Last week, we talked about overcoming your fear of public speaking.  This week is part 2 – your voice.  Overcoming your fear when you think everyone can hear your fear in your voice?  This is the battle we face. It’s very hard to talk about fear.  I spent hours writing this podcast and feeling really … Continue reading "Overcome Your Fear of Public Speaking: Your Voice"

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What’s your biggest challenge in public speaking?  Is it overcoming your fear of public speaking? Do you struggle to tell your stories?  Does the stage fright scare you off?  Are filler words filling up your speeches?  Maybe you’re lost with no idea what to give a speech about? At one point or another, we all … Continue reading "Overcome Fear of Public Speaking with Toastmasters"

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