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Toastmasters Speech Contest Tips – James Jeffley

James Jeffley made it all the way to THE BIG STAGE during the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking contests in 2015 and 2014. James made it to the final top-10 winners out of 30,000 competitors, worldwide. TWICE! His District 39 Keynote includes his 3 overarching tips for developing your speech: What’s your takeaway MESSAGE? What’s your…

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Sunny Lenarduzzi – Public Speaking Tips for 2015

Since I’m a big fan of Sunny Lenarduzzi’s how-to social media videos – she’s clear, concise and super-helpful – I’m stoked that she put out her 6 tips for public speaking + a great self-talk tip + a great BONUS tip! You can also catch Sunny Lenarduzzi at the following locations: Snapchat: sunnylenarduzzi Twitter Instagram…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…