Manner of Speaking

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, September 2012 By Allen Schoer Mastering Storytelling: Know the three I’s: invitation, imagination and impact. You’re on the road to becoming your company’s Chief Storyteller. Let’s begin with some good news: You’re already better than you might think. You tell stories every day. Here, we’ll explore three capabilities that will take you well on your way to becoming a professional storyteller. Remember the “three R’s” of your early education: reading, writing and ’rithmetic? Now consider the “three I’s” of storytelling: invitation, imagination and impact. Here’s how you can master them: 1) Invitation Remember Steve Jobs’ famous …

Dealing with a Distracted Audience

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, July 2012 By Tim Cigelske Don’t be put off by those who text or tweet when you speak. It’s not easy speaking to an audience of people who appear to be distracted by their cell phones, or are clattering away on their laptops or burying their heads in their iPads. We have all been to conferences where people seemed to pay more attention to their electronic devices than to the live person on the podium. As smartphones connect people to their busy lives, this phenomenon will only become more common. It is tempting to address …

Jim Beggs

What we say is important… for in most cases the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Ready for Leadership

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, March 2012 By Michael Notaro One day when I was a young lawyer, my law partner, John, strolled into my office and asked if I was ready for leadership. He asked if I would take over the legal representation of a prominent doctor in our community who was embroiled in a complex partnership dispute. The case involved more than 10,000 documents. To help me make a decision, the doctor appeared in my office a few minutes later to add his blessing to the idea! How could I refuse? I accepted, then quickly felt overwhelmed with …

Succeeding as a CEO

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, May 2012 By Dave Zielinski Corporate leaders share how to empower, encourage and communicate. Milo Victoria, CC, always considered himself a good communicator, so as the CEO of Omnitrans, a public transit agency serving California’s San Bernardino Valley, he was surprised to find himself struggling at times when delivering presentations as he took the helm of the organization. When an Omnitrans board member suggested in an early job evaluation that he join Toastmasters, Victoria took him up on the advice. Victoria knew the ability to communicate in clear, confident and compelling ways –– both in …

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.

Dare to Delegate

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, November 2011 By Judith E Pearson If you want to be a leader, Toastmasters International is a top-notch proving ground. You can chair committees, organize conferences and contests, and hold offices – valuable experiences that will advance your career and skyrocket your self-confidence. You may be thinking: Sure, I’d like to pursue leadership opportunities, but it seems like too much work. Think again! As a leader, you must dare to delegate. Delegating gives a leader many advantages. Besides reducing your work and saving time, it teaches you to communicate persuasively, supervise and train others, and …