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What is your biggest turn-off when watching / hearing someone speak via Zoom?

What Are Your Zoom Online Conferencing Turn-offs?

During this evening’s Toastmasters Zoom meeting I posed the following question: What is your biggest turn-off when watching / hearing someone speak via Zoom? Fantastic answers from Capital City Toastmasters #142 in Sacramento, CA Ring-light reflecting in speaker’s glasses/eyes Speaker shuffling papers Speaker’s head/face out of frame Speaker slurping beverage Speaker eating food Speaker smacking …

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Good Eye Contact Takes Practice

It’s hard enough maintaining good eye contact while you’re speaking to an audience. It’s 10 times harder after you’ve forgotten what you were going to say next. Places to practice making good eye contact: Cashiers at grocery stories, department stories, gas stations Baristas Wait-staff at restaurants Bartenders Table Topics section of a Toastmasters club meeting …

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Toastmasters and nervousness

When I first joined Toastmasters in 2010, I thought I’d learn how to mentally force myself to have zero butterflies before getting up to speak. But that never happened. Speaking while nervous is how I got through the 10 prepared speeches in my Toastmasters Competent Communicator speaking manual.

What Part Of Public Speaking Makes You Nervous?

The public part or the speaking part? The following Facebook comments from fellow Toastmasters provide a deeper insight than I imagined: Author W. Faye Portman: “Speaking [part]. Saying the wrong thing.” Linda Thompson: “Pubic part. I like talking.” Clark Pierce: “For me it’s the public part depending on the audience and topic. I gave a speech about failure …

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Toastmasters Public Speaking Takeaways for Dec 2019

Each speech does not have to be perfect. You can mess up your next speech too. Your speaking path is an arc of fumbles that leads to self-confidence. When it comes to practicing public speaking in front of your Toastmasters club, feeling the feeling of feeling awkward is your goal. Flip the script on your …

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Fear of Public Speaking

Toastmasters observation: sometimes peeps overspend on “planning” and underspend on “doing.” There’s no substitute for falling down and getting back up. Tonight’s (Sept 9th) public speaking demo takeaway when addressing what to do when you “go blank” during a presentation – and you’re very scientifically minded: Develop a methodology, a framework, and test different techniques …

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