Overcome Fear of Public Speaking with Toastmasters

What’s your biggest challenge in public speaking?  Is it overcoming your fear of public speaking?

Do you struggle to tell your stories?  Does the stage fright scare you off?  Are filler words filling up your speeches?  Maybe you’re lost with no idea what to give a speech about?

At one point or another, we all face these challenges in public speaking.  Right now is your opportunity to make some decisions that will help you solve those problems later.

Welcome to the new year – the Toastmasters New Year – and all the promise that a new year has.

Intro

Do you want to overcome your fear of public speaking?  Then Toastmasters can help you.  Our proven plan can teach you the skills and techniques of public speaking so you can share your message with the world.  This is Toastmasters 101 and I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

Getting lost in the plan

Have you ever started a project and watch it go wrong?  You’re stuck at a place with no idea what to do next or how to finish it?

Maybe you’re lost on a trip.  Maybe you’ve got just enough experience to get yourself in a pickle.  Or maybe you just need a better plan.

Public speaking challenges people down to the core of their being.  Whether they’re afraid of being judged or afraid of making a fool of themselves, or concerned that they can’t effectively communicate their message – those go down into the center of who we are, who I am as a person.  Fear might overcome almost every other emotion we feel – even love, passion, or pleasure.

So how does Toastmasters help your fear of public speaking?

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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”

Visit Other Toastmasters Clubs Today

To visit other Toastmasters clubs around the world is now as simple as logging on.

Can I visit other Toastmasters clubs?

Have you ever wanted to travel the world? Explore exotic locales and meet the people who live there? Or visit the great cities of the world to broaden your understanding?

I always wanted to see Notre Dame in Paris. I’ve seen Notre Dame in Indiana, so it felt like something I ought to do.

Am I stuck here in Ohio?

No I am not. With Toastmasters, I can travel the world without worrying about airport security, missing my flight or hotel reservations.

How?

I’ve talked a lot about the challenges we are facing in Toastmasters with our respective countries’ policies regard the pandemic. Today, let’s talk about the options we have as a result of them! Continue reading “Visit Other Toastmasters Clubs Today”

Moving My Toastmasters Meeting Online

In the face of all the advice to stay home, how do we Toastmasters meet?

Let’s talk about moving my Toastmasters meeting online.  Let’s talk about moving all Toastmasters meetings online!

“When managing during a crisis first make sure that your people and the organization you are managing are going to be safe, then look for opportunities.

Periods of turbulence provide both large risks and large opportunities, so after you make sure that you and your people are safe from the risk of ruin, look for the opportunities. It is at such times most people pay the most attention to the risks than the opportunities, that at such times opportunities are greatest.” – Ray Dalio

via Harry Duran.

Welcome to the new world.

In the midst of all the panic, the crises, the lack of toilet paper in the stores, we find we can still function.  It’s a matter of adaptation.

Moving your Toastmasters Club online with Becky Holland Fuller Toastmasters 101Becky Holland Fuller is president of  Singing Sands Toastmasters Club in Michigan City, Indiana.  I saw her post on the Official Toastmasters International Members Facebook Page about her club’s first online meeting last night and I immediately messaged her.

I HAVE TO TALK TO YOU!

We’re all feeling a bit at sea with the news from Toastmasters International that encourages online Toastmasters meetings.  Many of us have been in webinars, some of us have run webinars.  But how do you switch from an on-site meeting to an online meeting?  How does that work? Continue reading “Moving My Toastmasters Meeting Online”

Let the Toastmasters Contests Begin: Contestants

Ever heard of the World Champion of Public Speaking?  Toastmasters contests recognize one speaker a year as the best.  It starts at the club level and goes all the way up to the International Speech Contest held annually at the International Toastmasters convention.

Toastmasters Contests

The speech contests are a long-time component of Toastmasters program.  Most districts host 2 contests per year.  For some members, this competition is an important part of their Toastmasters experience.

There are pretty much 3 perspectives on the contest.  Some people love them.  Other people loathe them. And in the middle are people who don’t care.

I think that our attitude to the speech contest can change over time. Continue reading “Let the Toastmasters Contests Begin: Contestants”

Evaluation Evaluations

Impromptu Evaluation Speaking

Since we communicate in the moment, often with no opportunity to plan our speech, you see why it’s critical to build those impromptu speaking skills.  It’s not just about meeting that rock star, or getting a chance to pitch the perfect idea in an elevator to the investor or your dreams.  It’s about finding your voice, whatever the situation, and being able to use it.

Are we talking Table Topics here?

Yes, obviously.  But we’re also talking about speech evaluations.  When you think about it, a speech evaluation is pretty much an impromptu speech that requires some logical and rational thought on the fly. Continue reading “Evaluation Evaluations”

Pathways Evaluations

I’ve said for a while that the evaluations you receive and give at a Toastmasters meeting are Toastmasters’ secret sauce.  Immediate feedback has always been recognized as the best way to learn. That reinforcement of your good skills and a look at what could be done to improve make you better faster than everything else.

The evaluation has 2 parts.  The verbal evaluation is the speech that’s given during the club meeting.  The written evaluation is a form you’ll download from the Pathways website for the evaluator to take notes on and return to you after the meeting.

As the speaker, you need to provide the evaluation form from the project.  On the surface, this evaluation form looks fairly standardized.  They are.  There aren’t significant changes from one project evaluation form to another.  What is different? Continue reading “Pathways Evaluations”

What’s Up with Level 1, Project 2?

Ever been lost?  Completely without your bearings?  That uncomfortable moment when nothing looks like you think it should?

Based on what I’m hearing from a lot of Toastmasters, that’s how they feel about Project 2.

Project 2 is complicated.

For Advanced Toastmasters, we’re confused.

For new Toastmasters, we’re confused.

Why is it so confusing? Continue reading “What’s Up with Level 1, Project 2?”