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Finished the Competent Communicator? Toastmasters’ Next Step

12/3/2016
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After the Competent Communicator manual is done, what's next in Toastmasters? Why should you stay? Are you done? We've got a lot more to offer you. Continue reading The post Finished the Competent Communicator? Toastmasters’ Next Step appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:09:26


Go Big and Inspire Your Audience! Project 10

12/3/2016
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The Inspirational Speech, the last of the speech projects in the Competent Communicator manual, challenges you to pull together everything you’ve learned so far. Speech organization, presentation skills and the tricks of rhetoric to gain your audience’s attention and confidence all go together into a final speech project. This speech … Continue reading The post Go Big and Inspire Your Audience! Project 10 appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:08:37


Two Keys to a Successful Persuasion Speech

12/3/2016
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Persuasion is the art of convincing people to do what you think it best and making them like the idea. How do you do it without sounding like a huckster? Continue reading The post Two Keys to a Successful Persuasion Speech appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:09:03


Visual Aids: Make Your Speech Visually Stimulating

12/3/2016
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Engaging the Senses What's the point of visual aids? I think that it's about engaging more of your audience's senses than just hearing you speak. Continue reading The post Visual Aids: Make Your Speech Visually Stimulating appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:09:15


Research Your Credibility

12/3/2016
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How Your Audience Perceives You Research your audience before you get up to speak. I think most audiences can be classified as friendly, uninformed, or antagonistic. A Toastmasters meeting should be friendly and open to listening to your presentation. This kind of audience is the best kind for trying out … Continue reading The post Research Your Credibility appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:10:04


Is Mona Lisa Smiling? The Power of Vocal Variety

12/3/2016
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Vocal Variety may be the easiest way to judge a public speaker – and the hardest skill to develop well. It’s all too easy to get overly dramatic with voices. We end up sounding like cartoon characters. Creating subtle characters using our voices demonstrates mastery of public speaking, which is … Continue reading The post Is Mona Lisa Smiling? The Power of Vocal Variety appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:10:57


Dive into Body Language: Project 5

12/3/2016
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The fifth project in the Competent Communicator Manual focuses on body language. What exactly is body language? In general, it’s the non-verbal messages from a speaker to the audience, including deliberate gestures and facial movements, and involuntary and spontaneous actions. Studies have shown that body language has great credibility with the audience … Continue reading The post Dive into Body Language: Project 5 appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:11:11


Find Your Audience: The Sweet Spot

12/3/2016
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Your Audience Sets the Tone of Your Speech It’s a mistake to think that you alone as the speaker decide what you get to say and how you’re going to say it. Communication only happens when there are a speaker and an audience. You have to consider them first, even … Continue reading The post Find Your Audience: The Sweet Spot appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:08:49


Project 3: What’s Your Purpose?

12/3/2016
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What’s your Speech Purpose? There are 4 main reasons to give a speech: to inform to inspire to entertain to call to action. By knowing your speech purpose, you’ll be able to limit your topic and exclude material that’s not specific to your speech. Often, this will help you … Continue reading The post Project 3: What’s Your Purpose? appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:07:54


Organize Your Speech… Backwards?

12/3/2016
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When you have to write a speech, it pays to organize your writing backwards. Consider your goal first and write the conclusion, then the rest of the speech. Continue reading The post Organize Your Speech… Backwards? appeared first on Toastmasters 101.

Duration: 00:07:51