Impromptu Speaking

At Toastmasters meetings the second section of the meeting is focused on impromptu speaking; our Table Topics section.  The ‘Table Topics Master’ prepares a set of questions aligned to the meeting theme.  Each question is asked then there is usually a pause before they say ‘and this question goes to ….’, allowing everyone to consider …
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Repeating a Speech

The Power of Repeating a Speech for you and the Audience The second project on all the Pathways is to prepare and give a speech, gain feedback and then give the same speech again.  This enables you to think about the evaluation and suggestions you were given, practice incorporating the improvements and then of course, …
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Embracing Competitions

Competition season is in full swing again.  At Toastmasters there a 4 types of competition: The Humorous Speech, Evaluation, Table Topics and International Speech Competition. When I first joined Toastmasters I thought ‘why on earth would I put myself through the pain of a speaking competition’.  However, after a while I saw the light; if …
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Why I Joined Windsor Speakers

You’re reading this blog so I guess you must have some interest in Windsor Speakers.  In today’s blog I’ll share with you why I joined Windsor Speakers and the additional benefits I gained I was not expecting.  We’ll look at speaking improvement, speech writing, leadership and the friends you can make. Improving my Speaking As …
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The Gift of Feedback

Have you ever given a presentation or speech and wondered if it landed well with your audience? In this blog I will cover: The value of Toastmasters evaluations How to give a good evaluation How to evaluate yourself and typical improvement areas you’ll notice from self-evaluation 1) The Value of Toastmasters Evaluations At work we …
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Breaking the Ice

At Toastmasters we select a path to follow.  There are 11 Pathways to choose from; examples being ‘Dynamic Leadership’, ‘Effective Coaching’, Engaging Humour. If you are not sure which one to select you can review the projects within each option and there is also a very helpful survey you can complete that will suggest a …
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Help How do I Write a Speech?

So you have joined Toastmasters and you are excited to write your first speech – but where do you start? In this blog I will share some tips on how I go about writing a speech: Where to start How to structure your speech & points to consider Writing and learning your speech 1)  Where …
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