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2013 Toastmasters Semifinal Awards

How I Prepared for the 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest

Step 1: Getting feedback from local Advanced Toastmasters clubs Reality check! A couple of brutely-honest – and painful to hear – District 39 Advanced Club evaluators were concerned that my District-winning speech wouldn’t hold up to the competition I was going to face 3 months later at Semifinals on Aug 22, 2013 in Cincinnati, OH. Turns out they […]

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1st-place Reid Walley - 2013 District 39 Toastmasters International Speech Winner

The Painful Truth Makes You A Better Public Speaker

The first words out of Tracy Harrison’s mouth: “Well, do you want the truth?” “Yes,” I said, smiling wide (not having any idea of the honesty that was about to sledgehammer me upside the head). “I didn’t like your speech just now, and I didn’t like it when you gave it at the Toastmasters District […]

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Break Dancing - Inspiration for Toastmasters public speaking

Paying Attention To The Story That Good Break Dancers Tell

As it is in dance, so it is in Toastmasters public speaking contests. It’s all about a great story presented with passion and punch! I get a lot of inspiration for public speaking by watching how break dancers tell their “story” with confidence, timing and creativity. In dance competitions, like the break dancing free-for-all in […]

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