How Do You Craft and Deliver an Effective Story?

When you are working on your story, write down your thoughts. It can be your first cut at the story as it flowed for you intuitively, or your notes compiled as a series of bullet points, or any other way…  MORE >>

Tool to improve quality of evaluations

Evaluations play a key role in developing communication skills. In addition to the evaluation page from the manual, evaluator should prepare handwritten notes on a separate paper capturing details from the speech. Evaluation is about active listening, critical thinking, and…  MORE >>

Finding Speech Topics

While speaking for the topic that resonates with you makes it fun, sometimes it can be a challenge finding speech topic. "What do I talk about in my speech?" Some questions for yourself while looking for a speech topic: What…  MORE >>

About Use of Visual Slides

How do you plan to use visuals in your speech presentation? First of all, when you see use of visuals in a Toastmasters project, keep in mind that a visual can also be a handout that you give to members…  MORE >>

Gestures and Body Language

When you speak, your gestures and body language can be empowering tools to emphasize and clarify the words you use. The body language can help you reinforce sincerity and enthusiasm. Where do you start? Keep our three techniques in mind: one, develop…  MORE >>

Toastmasters Curriculum – When can I start? How does it work? How long do I continue with the program?

Q1: How many new member kids (students) are added to the program every year? A: It depends on the available coaching bandwidth. While there is no fixed number, we have typically been able to add new kids to the program…  MORE >>

Cultivate Empathy, Emotional Intelligence using Toastmasters

At toastmasters, we have tools to organize the message, to learn how to listen effectively, to cultivate empathy, emotional intelligence. Speeches and evaluations can help us cultivate this all. Deven's thoughts on this are in this video. (He gave a speech at…  MORE >>

Mentorship

Toastmasters have a mentorship role integrated into the growth curve for members. We use it, adapt it with our youth club. Participation as a mentor helps a member grow personally. Mentorship is all about doing something and not being something.…  MORE >>

Table Topics – Impromptu Speaking

At the Toastmasters meeting, the table topics master brings table topics for members. He/she might develop a theme around a series of questions. For example, it can be about colors, or friendships, or sports, or movies, or fiction, or high…  MORE >>

Credible Toastmaster: Empowering Roles

Ralph Waldo Emerson: "What you are, speaks so loudly, I can't hear what you are saying." When you are a member of our club, how you handle yourself, carry yourself creates a perception about yourself.   This presence, this perception…  MORE >>

Let’s Connect: Three Techniques

LET'S FOCUS ON THESE THREE IDEAS: Develop ideas in your own words. What does it mean? Have a list of critical points to develop in your speech. Think about how these points tie into your overall message. Develop each key…  MORE >>

Credible Constructive Feedback: Art of Evaluations

WHEN YOU ARE AN EVALUATOR, AN EVALUATION IS: It is your reaction to the speech as it came across to you: what you saw, heard, felt in the speech. It is constructive feedback to the speaker from your perspective. It is…  MORE >>

Cultivate Credibility using Different Roles

Evaluations and constructive feedback Three specific techniques for prepared speeches Different roles at toastmasters meeting Impromptu speaking with Table Topics ONE: EVALUATIONS AND CONSTRUCTIVE FEEDBACK Learn to give meaningful constructive feedback using speech evaluations (one-on-one evaluations). I think this should…  MORE >>

Storytelling

Stories are compelling. Storytelling is around for thousands of years. We, humans, are hardwired to tell and share stories. It comes so naturally to us. Stories create an opportunity to tap into our emotions, and then to express them naturally.…  MORE >>

Losing Power AND Point with Power Point? … :)

Can you lose power because of Power Point (or Keynote for that matter)? Can power point get in your way to make a clear point? The answer can be yes. When you are presenting, you are the focal point of…  MORE >>