By Kim Krajci DTM
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Do you need to improve your public speaking skills? Overcome stage fright? Develop your leadership skills? Then Toastmasters may be for you. This international organization educates its members in public speaking and leadership skills with a time-tested program that works at the member's pace. Cheaper than a college class, more effective than a workshop or going out on your own, Toastmasters will make you a better speaker and therefore a better leader. This podcast covers the basics of Toastmasters; the Competent Communicator manual given to every new member.
||CleanFinished the Competent Communicator? Toastmasters’ Next Step||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||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGo Big and Inspire Your Audience! Project 10||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 audien||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTwo Keys to a Successful Persuasion Speech||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||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanVisual Aids: Make Your Speech Visually Stimulating||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||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanResearch Your Credibility||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 presentat||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIs Mona Lisa Smiling? The Power of Vocal Variety||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 voic||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDive into Body Language: Project 5||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,||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFind Your Audience: The Sweet Spot||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.||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanProject 3: What’s Your Purpose?||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.||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanOrganize Your Speech… Backwards?||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||12/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Coming from someone who is aspiring toastmaster. Listening to this podcast has really helped me make the leap and contact a chapter. I look forward to the next episode.