Breathe, On Purpose

“Forgot to breathe” is a common observation from Toastmasters who are doing a post-mortem about going blank and/or panicking during their speech. The answer is an on-going cycle of rehearsals and drills and “again, from the top” that put you in the moment when you go blank/panic. Then you can start to add “breathing, on…

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…

Speech Writing – Foundational Phrase

In my mind, the term Foundational Phrase comes from the Toastmasters 1999 World Champion of Public Speaking, Craig Valentine. I discovered Craig’s wealth of wisdom as I entered the Toastmasters 2013 International Speech Contest and competed at the Semi-finals level. Now, in 2019, I’m revisiting how to craft a Foundational Phrase. Here are the resources…

WIP 010 – Coffeehouses, Sacramento Mural, Mom’s Shoes, Toastmasters Jonathan Faridian, Thyroid Meds
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WIP 010 – Coffeehouses, Sacramento Mural, Mom’s Shoes, Toastmasters Jonathan Faridian, Thyroid Meds

Work in Progress (WIP) 010 Spotted my brother, Lance, out and about Modeling workbook Crowd at Philz Coffee at Ice Blocks in Midtown Sacramento, CA Muscle Milk Fuller Poles public art (16th & Q in Sacramento, CA) Building mural by Drew Merritt (alley side of 2020 J St, Sacramento, CA) My Mom (known as Mrs.Walley to…