Toastmasters Speech Project FAIL

If you’ve been in Toastmasters very long, you’ve probably seen the Toastmasters speech project that went wrong.  So wrong.  Cringe-worthy bad.  The speech that makes you look at the cobweb in the corner of the room and try to avoid eye-contact with the speaker.

Yeah, that speech.

Here’s a small consolation:  we’ve all done it.  So what do we do about it?

On today’s episode of Toastmasters 101, we go back to the beginning and talk about the speech that failed from the points of view of the speaker, the evaluator, and the vice president of education.

INTRO

Are you looking for a way to share your message with the world – but need help to develop those public speaking skills?  Then Toastmasters is what you’re looking for.  Our proven program will help you overcome fear of public speaking and teach you how to write a compelling and interesting speech.  This is Toastmasters 101.  I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

When your Toastmasters Speech Project goes wrong, what happened?

There are several reasons a speech project goes wrong.  Continue reading “Toastmasters Speech Project FAIL”

Get Ready for Online Toastmasters Meetings

After spending time on Pathways, taking the quizzes, reading the material, I created a presentation and practiced, so I’m ready for my online Toastmasters meetings, right?

Not yet.  There are a couple of extra steps that we need to take now that we’re having online Toastmasters meetings that were easier in person.  Today on the podcast, we’ll review the steps you need to take to be ready for your next presentation at your online Toastmasters meetings.

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Do you want to improve your public speaking and presentation skills?  Then Toastmasters is here for you – we’ll help you develop the skills you need in a safe and fun environment.  This is Toastmasters 101 and I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

The Value of Preparation

I have this friend, a former Toastmaster, who has this rule:  prior proper planning prevents problems.  He also believes that arriving on time is late and less is not more – intense guy.  But he is right, even if the sentiment is pretty much the exact opposite of my style.  Coasting in right on time, for me, is a personal victory.  Getting someplace early – that’s just nuts to me.

But yeah, he does have a point.  Preparation for a meeting does make it go easier for you, if not for everyone else. Continue reading “Get Ready for Online Toastmasters Meetings”

Speech Topics and Titles: Your Problem with Speeches

Today’s podcast title is Speech Topics and Titles where we’re going to talk about topics and titles for speeches.  It gets a bit meta in here sometimes.

What’s your problem?

I’m baking bread and I have a math problem.

Let’s be a bit honest here. I always have a math problem. The only thing I’m worse at than math – is algebra. Or maybe trigonometry.

I have 3 pans to bake my bread in: two of them are the same, and one is slightly smaller. How do I divide up my dough?

I did what every sane person who can’t do math does – I went on Facebook and posted the question on my feed. In 20 minutes, I had an answer – which was convenient because that’s when I needed to put the dough into the pans.

What does my baking-bread-math-problem have to do with finding  speech topics?

Let’s bite into this problem and discover we’ve got the solution in our very own hands.

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Do you struggle with finding speech topics? This problem starts immediately in Toastmasters after a new member completes the ice breaker. What can we say that won’t bore other people? Continue reading “Speech Topics and Titles: Your Problem with Speeches”

Contest Speeches and Ice Breakers

Today’s episode is about contest speeches and ice breaker speeches.

According to Toastmasters International, I’ve given more than 8 Ice Breaker speeches.

According to the evaluations on my desk, I’ve given my contest speech 8 times in preparation for this week’s area contest.

I see a connection, and it’s not in how many times I’ve done the same thing.

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Do you want to overcome your fear of public speaking? Do you want to discover the leader inside you? Welcome to Toastmasters, in one hour per week, we can help you do both. This is Toastmasters 101 and I’m your host, Kim Krajci. Continue reading “Contest Speeches and Ice Breakers”

How to Create a Speech in One Hour

How to Create a Speech in One Hour? Impossible?  Not at all.

I gave 3 speeches in 20 hours last week. I’d mention the clubs by name, but that’s not ideal because – they had empty slots to let me speak. That’s not a good thing. The reason I heard for a meeting that had no speaker but me? No one has time to prep a speech to give at the meeting.

So I’ll let those clubs remain anonymous for now and talk instead about the problem they face: an empty agenda of prepared speakers. Continue reading “How to Create a Speech in One Hour”

Prepare to Speak Professionally: Level 5 Elective

Maybe it’s because of who I follow on social media that I’ve gotten dozens of emails and social media ads that say “The best place to reach your customers is on the stage where they’ve come to hear you speak.” So you want to prepare to speak professionally.

That makes good sense. Instead of spamming thousands of people who will likely unsubscribe from your list, you find a place to speak and invite all the interested customers to come and hear you.

The push to become a professional, paid speaker is pretty fierce right now. Whether it’s a fad or recognition of a long-standing truth – there’s a push right now to learn how to speak professionally. And here’s Toastmasters, where it’s always been, getting our members ready to step up onto that stage. In Pathways, it’s a Level 5 elective: Prepare to Speak Professionally. Continue reading “Prepare to Speak Professionally: Level 5 Elective”

Pathways Choices: Resources to Help

It’s time to choose a pathway.  Pathways choices seem more complex this time around.

Decisions in Pathways Choices

There’s been a bit of grousing in Toastmasters land these days.  As the days of the Competent Communicator wane, I see a lot of people mourning a loss that maybe they didn’t expect.

Since I’m still working on a last CC manual, I guess I’m not ready to mourn just yet since I don’t miss it.  But as I make my pathways choices, I’m a bit nostaglic, not for the Competent Communicator, but for the simplicity of the advanced manuals.

Is choosing a pathway that difficult?

Only in my mind. Continue reading “Pathways Choices: Resources to Help”

Repeating Speeches

I listened to an ice breaker this week from a man who just chose his next pathway.  His speech explained why he selected this path instead of repeating the speech he did with his first ice breaker.  Is repeating speeches  bad in Toastmasters? Continue reading “Repeating Speeches”

Career Building Speech Projects Level 3

When a prospective member comes through the door and puts their money down at the end of their first meeting, two thoughts come to my mind.  First, this is a kindred spirit, because that’s what I did, and second, their boss sent them.  Come on – we all have seen the members who are here for career building.  That’s fine!  We’re glad to see them!

The reasons a member joins is not very important to me.  Their “why” is their “why” and I’m a whole lot more concerned that we teach the “what” and let them take care of their “why.”

If I’m mentoring a new member and they want to jump to the career building speech projects, I don’t have the power to stop them.  But I will spend time with them showing how these two projects –  Prepare for an Interview and Making Connections with Networking, along with the Using Presentation Software project – are best saved for last, after essential speech skills are understood and practiced. Continue reading “Career Building Speech Projects Level 3”

Visual Aids for Your Speech Presentation: Level 3 Electives

Have you ever watched a TED Talk?  Or an Ignite speech?  or a PechaKucha 0r a Pecha Kucha or a Pikachu – ok, that last one wasn’t the right pronunciation at all, but every time I talk to people about it, I hear this, I figure I should acknowledge it.  All of these presentations include visual aids.  Actually, they include a slide deck.  Are visuals aids limited to the electronic?

Continue reading “Visual Aids for Your Speech Presentation: Level 3 Electives”