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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…

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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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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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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…

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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…

Michael Bay Doesn’t Have To Suck At Public Speaking
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Michael Bay Doesn’t Have To Suck At Public Speaking

Reported as the Michael Bay meltdown, the film director of the Transformers movies totally crashed and burned while speaking on stage at CES 2014 in Las Vegas! But Michael Bay doesn’t have to suck at public speaking! What went wrong Here’s how Michael Bay totally screwed up on stage at CES 2014, the most anticipated show in…

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Lessons Learned – 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest

What I learned: I have a lot more to learn! At this level of the game – at the Semifinals and World Champion of Public Speaking contests – it’s the minor things that make a major difference! Do NOT go over time Two of my competitors were automatically disqualified because they went over the 7 minute…

Behind The Curtain – 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest
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Behind The Curtain – 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest

Whew, competing at the 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest is a LOT different from competing at Club, Area, Division and District contests. First, you’re competing in front of an audience of complete strangers (unless you’re in your home-town of Cincinnati, OH, like Chris Nachtrab was when he won 1st-place in my Semifinals group). I…

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2nd-Place Winner 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest

Reid Walley – 2nd-place Winner 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest. Aug 22, 2013, Toastmasters Convention, Duke Energy Center, Cincinnati, OH. District 39. Home club: Capital City Toastmasters #142, Sacramento, CA.