Nobody Fails In Toastmasters

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I’ve never seen anybody fail in Toastmasters. I’ve seen people stutter, sweat, pass out, vomit, tremble, lose their voice, forget their lines… all from mustering up the courage to stand and speak in front of a group of people. Public speaking can be scarier than anything you’ve ever done! But I’ve never seen anybody fail in […]

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Preparing for Toastmasters International Speech Contest 2015

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As we head into the Toastmasters International Speech Contest for 2015, I’m gathering resources from a few previous World Champions of Public Speaking: Dananjaya Hettiarachchi (2014 WCPS): 5 Presentation Tips From The World Champion Of Public Speaking Ryan Avery (2012 WCPS): Ryan Avery Q&A Session Craig Valentine (1999 WCPS): 17 Storytelling Ideas to Breathe Life Into […]

Music for Getting In the Public Speaking Zone!

Public Speaking – Music For Gettin In The Zone

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Listening to the right music before speaking on stage is like putting on a parachute before jumping out of a plane! Before entering a Toastmasters speech contest, I test a lotta dance music mixes to see if they put me in a really good mental/emotional “zone.” These are the ones I keep coming back to. In fact, […]

Take The Fear Out Of Competing Workshop Featured - Reid Walley

How To Take The Fear Out Of Competing – Workshop

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Take The Fear Out Of A Speech Competition – Workshop During the workshop (part of the Regret Nothing™ Series), I asked audience members to describe what their speech competition fears are: I’m afraid I’ll trip and fall on the way to the stage. Everybody is looking at me and judging me. I’m overly concerned about […]

2013 Toastmasters Semifinal Awards

How I Prepared for the 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest

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This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series 2013 Toastmasters International Contest

This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series 2013 Toastmasters International ContestStep 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 […]

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

The Painful Truth Makes You A Better Public Speaker

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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 […]

Break Dancing - Inspiration for Toastmasters public speaking

Paying Attention To The Story That Good Break Dancers Tell

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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 […]

Giving A Toastmasters Speech With Only 5 Minutes To Prepare!

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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 […]

Dr Michael Greger - Uprooting the Leading Causes of Death

Every Medical Presentation Should Be This Awesome – Dr Michael Greger

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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 is a noncommercial, science-based source for […]

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