Toastmasters has dramatically helped me in my everyday life. Giving impromptu presentations at work is just as easy as when I receive a phone call. And being asked to give a speech at a conference is welcomed. Over the past decade I picked up a few helpful gems that I hope can be of use to you:
- Don’t start speaking right away, pause after you are introduced.
This is a good set-up building some anticipation, it also allows you to relax and take a breath.
- Hook your audience at the very beginning with a question or a story. Questions and stories engage your audience. There is a huge difference in telling someone the value of your speech and asking your audience what they value..
- Use the rule of 3: Introduction, body, conclusion. Have no more than 3 points to cover.
Keep your presentation simple, that way you can go without a script. Sticking to three main points allows your audience to remember.
- Speak slowly and pause after each point. Silence is a powerful tool, use it after you made a point to let it sink in and to build anticipation for your next point.
- Eye contact each member of your audience, one by one. Continue to make contact with those who are open to your message, avoid the trolls. You can’t please everyone.
- Speak with the intent to give your audience something of value, don’t try to sell. Let your stories add value to their values.
- Know and honour your audience, target your message. Your message will most likely be presented differently to Rotary International and Big Brother/Big Sister.
- Confidence is key. Know your material and practice, practice, practice…
- Be a unicorn. Offer something unique and be unique.
- Smile. A smile makes you more likeable and helps you convey a positive sense to your speech. Like public speaking, smiling while you talk takes practice. It may seem a bit awkward at first. But it will not take long to get the hang of it.
The only person that can make you a better public speaker is you. Watching TED talks is a great way to pick up some ‘trade secrets’ on public speaking. Also speak whenever you get a chance; sign up for speeches, join in table topics, speak up at company meetings.
For more tips visit:
90 Tips From Toastmasters https://www.toastmasters.org/About/90th-Anniversary/90-Tips
TED Talks https://www.ted.com
40 Quick Tips for Speakers https://www.unmarketing.com/2011/11/23/30-quick-tips-for-speakers/
Come learn about the exciting new features of out web-site at our Wednesday meeting. There will be a brief overview of the why we picked this format and how to use 101. Feel free to have a look at our old website to compare. If you have ANY problems with this site, please direct questions to me, Dan Tucker email@example.com.
We will be testing video conferencing for meeting over the next few months. I have reviewed several products and Skype came out on top. We are testing because I am not familiar with all the features for group.
Skype is one of the oldest and well know video conferencing platforms. It provides a stable network and is available in most platforms, including mobile.
Link to our club skype account.
* It is Free
* Skype is preinstalled on many phones and computers.
* Up to 10 people in group video chat
* Available on multiple platforms
* No time limit.
Other products reviewed:
* Zoom – great product but limits conferences to 40 min
* ezTalks – another awesome product with a 40 min time limit.
* ooVoo – promising – loaded with features and pop-up ads.
* Google Hangouts – being replaced by Meet, requires Google account.
* Google Meet – Free – good reviews, requires G-suite account.
* GoToMeeting – Limited to 3 connections on free version.
Meet-up is a application that allows people to announce and/or join local events. When an meet-up event has a lot of people attending, the stronger the draw for new member. Please take time to join meet-up and show that you are attending our meetings.
Welcome to our new in-progress website. WordPress for Toastmasters has a ton of features to help our members and officers. From meeting planning to path progression. I am currently the administrator of the site as we it is set-up to meet the needs of our club, this role will be turned over to and/or shared with the VP of Education.
I encourage you to do the same thing I am doing, exploring the features. You can’t really mess things up… and if you do make an error, it can be fixed.
We may have some changes to our officer roles/duties to make the most of the site. There are places to track attendance, does, auto generate agendas, mentorships, post photos, and ??? The new site appears to be a one-stop shop for our club.
I am still working on how to link to our social media accounts and have an RSS feed that would update our page as we post. We could also use someone that might be interested in posting to the blog once (or more) a week.
We are open to suggestions on how to improve our site & online experience so it supports our club.
Look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!
Dan Tucker-Vice President of Public Relations