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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 […]

Giving A Toastmasters Speech With Only 5 Minutes To Prepare!

I volunteered to participate as a speech contestant in a mock speech contest, officiated by Matt Peterson, during the Feb 15, 2014, Sacramento Toastmasters Leadership Institute training. I had not prepared a speech – on purpose. My goal is to see how far my Toastmasters – and in particular, Toastmasters’ Table Topics – training can take […]

Every Medical Presentation Should Be This Awesome – Dr Michael Greger

Energetic, supremely funny and expressive! Every medical presentation and speech should be this kick-ass awesome, entertaining and informative. Dr Michael Greger makes data, stats, reports, studies and graphs super-fun and easily-ingestible! I am definitely taking notes for Toastmasters International speech contests. “Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death” Dr. Michael Greger’s NutritionFacts.org is a noncommercial, science-based source for […]

Darren LaCroix – How To Find The Best Speaking Topics For You

Outline from Darren LaCroix’s “How To Find The Best Speaking Topics For You” Instead of “What do I say”?, ask “How do I help people”? There are “hot” topics, but the important question is: “What’s YOUR topic”? Your value is your ability to change perspective! The true value of your presentation is “perspective.” Think: where […]

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