Should You Memorize Your Toastmasters Speech?

World Champions of Public Speaking all said they do it! There’s a raging debate in the Toastmasters public speaking community about whether or not you should memorize your 5-7 minute speech. Some commenters are emphatic: “NO MEMORIZING! You’ll look and sound like a robot.” Others memorized the opening and closing of their speeches, and casually … Read more

How To Practice A 5-7 Minute Toastmasters Speech

You will discover that some techniques for practicing your speech work well, while others do not. My approach for practicing a speech is unique to me, so it’s important for you to gather advice from others as well. Research which patterns, practices and procedures work best for you to present a 5-7 minute speech, without … Read more

Preparing for Toastmasters International Speech Contest 2015

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 … Read more

Public Speaking – Music For Gettin In The Zone

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, … Read more

How To Take The Fear Out Of Competing – Workshop

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

Being Yourself On Stage – Toastmasters Public Speaking Workshop

Public speaking workshop: Being Yourself On Stage! Presented by Reid Walley at the Toastmasters 2013 District 39 Fall Conference. Stage craft: Make them see your story. Eye contact: Make them trust your story. Butterflies: My techniques for overcoming butterflies.