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 that ideas emerge. Write it down without worrying about the final structure and flow. Keep […]

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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 did you enjoy doing over past six months or a year? Maybe an activity at […]

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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 in audience, or something to show (for example your science project where you might have […]

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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 a message in your own words rather than memorizing the entire speech or reading it, […]

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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 his club in Orange, Paul Revere Toastmasters, to record this video)     [Deven’s note: […]

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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. It’s more like peer to peer support, teamwork. A member can be both a mentor […]

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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 school locker room, or Halloween … the sky is the limit as to where you […]

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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 point in your own words as they come to you naturally. Avoid trying to memorize […]

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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 be our top priority this session. This helps in a number of ways: Effective listening […]

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