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Working Well With Humor – 3 tips to boost the levity factor of your next presentation

Humor is a tricky thing to master and an incredibly valuable communication asset to get your message across and have fun while doing it.  Here are 3 tips to boost your jocular acumen: Give it pause.  Often, humor needs space … Continue reading

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Consider an Introduction Template for Multi-Presenter Events

In the past few weeks, I’ve been called upon to facilitate events with multiple speakers.  One had over nine presenters in a three quarter day agenda.    I have found that when delivering such events, it’s important to have a tool to … Continue reading

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Oh, The Things We Learn From the Places That We Go (speech contest draft II)

I received amazing feedback which helped as I redrafted the speech that I will deliver March 28 at the Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club’s International Speech contest.  Many people suggested the title needed work.  Others said I had to do a better job … Continue reading

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How inquisitive should a speaker be?

This week I gave a speech where I asked a lot of questions – perhaps too many. You see my Toastmaster speech evaluator noted that this approach frustrated him. He said he felt impatient because of the extra time it … Continue reading

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You Can Never Get Enough Practice

Often, people ask me why I still am a Toastmaster after 13 years.They tell me I don’t appear to need it. However, I know I need it and I am actually surprised that more people don’t belong to access one … Continue reading

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Paying Attention to Eye Contact Pays Communication Dividends

Last month I was invited into a grade nine classroom to give them an introduction to public speaking. Instead of giving a “talking head stranger speech,” I took a different approach and tried to do three things: Draw out the … Continue reading

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What the Heck is your Raison D’etre? (excuse my French)

I was reading a book recently and the main character, a precocious 9 year-old boy, used this phrase on two occasions.  It gobbled up my attention – instantly.   It’s a French expression (of course) meaning reason or justification for existence.  … Continue reading

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