Why You Need To Capture Your Audience’s Attention?
It is very hard to capture your audience’s attention when speaking and so easy to loose it. Every speech you make is competing for attention with every random thought your audience is having. Everybody in your audience is continually trying to juggle their busy lives and very few are giving you their undivided attention. This is especially true when the next distraction is only “one click away” Read more →
Communication is a skill we develop as we go through life. However it is a skill that can always be improved. I have found that by being an active Toastmaster I have improved my communication skills. Read more →
The best speeches I have ever heard have had one thing in common, the speaker shows us a different way of thinking about a common problem. They do this by taking us on an emotional journey where they paint a picture we can easily relate to. Read more →
What Is A Clear Speech Purpose?
I have listened to many speeches in my lifetime and nothing annoys me more than wasting time listening to a pointless speech. A speech that has no clear purpose leaves me scratching my head wondering what the speaker trying to tell me. Why did they bother to write the speech, learn it and then deliver it? Read more →
Why Speech Preparation Matters
I have listened to well over 400 speeches since I joined toastmasters and what I have learned is that speech preparation matters. It is what separates the average speech from a great speech. It is obvious who has prepared their speech and who is just winging it. A well prepared speech challenges the listener to take on a new viewpoint or embrace an old one. Read more →
The Need To End A Speech Well
The objective of delivering a speech is to influence our audience and hopefully inspire them to do or look at a subject differently. When delivering a speech, a critical point is how we end it. Read more →
The Need To Start A Speech Well
When we have to make a speech we want to make a good one. We all want to make a speech that matters, a speech that will influence, educate and entertain our audience. However many of us never achieve this because we fail to start a speech well. Read more →
Why Give A Funny Speech?
Humor can be a very subjective thing and this makes delivering a funny speech difficult. The reason you might want to try using humor is because it is a great way to deliver your message. Read more →
“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”
I had the pleasure recently of completing a series of speeches from the “Speaking To Inform” manual as part of my Toastmasters advanced speaking program. Read more →