These are the Craig Valentine public speaking resources that I used to win 2nd place at the 2013 Toastmasters International Semifinal Speech Contest in Cincinnati, OH!

Sandy’s coaching session with Craig Valentine (2011) – 3 videos

Video 1 of 3

  • What do you want your audience to “Think, Feel or Do Differently” as a result of experiencing you?
  • Qualify your position, opinion, experience with this underlying principle: “Don’t Tell, Ask”

Video 2 of 3

  • Tap, Tease, and Transport (Tapping into your world with a question, before I transport you into my world with a story. And a Tease bridges the two).
  • The bus should have a place on the stage (for visual and verbal call-backs).
  • There are 2 major reasons for moving on stage:
    #1: The action in your story prompts your movement on stage.
    #2: The stage is a timeline. (see video Part 3)
  • “People won’t remember what you say, as much as they’ll remember what THEY SEE when you say it.” – Patricia Fripp
  • Use “minimal hints” to describe characters in your story (e.g.: my wife: big brown eyes)
  • The stage is what your audience actually sees.
  • V.A.K.S. (whenever you create a scene, use VAKS): Visual; Auditory; Kinesthetic; Smell

Video 3 of 3

  • V.A.K.S. (whenever you create a scene): Visual (black couch); Auditory (my wife said); Kinesthetic (“what could you feel?”: leather); Smell (the cookies).
  • There are 2 major reasons for moving on stage:
    #1 The action in your story prompts your movement on stage.
    #2: The stage is a timeline. (for visual & verbal call-back)
  • Dialog breathes life into a speech. Instead of narrating, use dialog. (Even if it’s a thought that you’re having to yourself, present it as dialog). When you’re “reliving it” you see the facial expressions.
  • Storytelling is about dialog. And then it’s about the reaction to the dialog.
  • Underlying principle: Reactions tell the story. It’s the “reaction”; it’s the look-before-the-line that matters. It’s not the lines, it’s the reaction between the lines.
  • Generalizing. Be careful not to generalize.
  • Don’t make yourself the Hero of your own story.

Paul’s Coached by Craig Valentine (2011)

  • When you set up a scene [on the stage], and then move back-and-forth, you demolish your scene.
  • Move with purpose. Paul was moving around without a purpose.
  • Don’t re-tell; re-live.
  • NEVER add humor to a speech; uncover humor within it. Dialog + reaction, that’s where you’ll uncover the humor.

Henrik’s Coached by Craig Valentine (2011)

  • Pause
  • When you ask a question
  • Present Problem before Solution
  • Then, Now and How approach
  • Make them Curious

1999 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking Craig Valentine Shares His Insights by Jeremey Donovan from Speaking Sherpa

A Key to Public Speaking: No Phrase, No Stage – Craig Valentine

3 Ways to Avoid Preaching when you Speak – Craig Valentine

Craig Valentine’s #1 Delivery Tool for Speakers to Make a Deeper Connection

Be Funny and Clear by Using the Rule of Three – Craig Valentine

My Biggest Mistake and the Two Tools That Fixed It – Craig Valentine

Presentation Skills Training from World Champion of Public Speaking Craig Valentine

  • Tell a story and make a point.
  • Start off with a foundational phrase – the takeaway message (eg: “Your Dream Is Not For Sale”).
  • Foundational phrase MUST be fewer than 10 words.
  • Before you even start creating your speech, and constructing it and all the humor, you’ve gotta start off with a foundational phrase.
  • Foundational phrases upon which I’ve built my story/activity to make my point.
  • Quick physical description: “She looked up at me with her big brown eyes…”

52 Speaking Tips from Craig Valentine

Keep Your Audiences on the Edge Of Their Seats – Craig Valentine [PDF]