Winners of the Old Town Toastmasters Spring Club Competition Announced

By Heather Crotty Alexandria, VA – Old Town Toastmasters today formally announced the winners of the club’s Spring Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest, which were held in conjunction on February 24, 2014 at Union Street Public House. Each Spring, thousands of Toastmasters compete in the International Speech and Evaluation Contests at a club level in order to advance their speaking experience and knowledge. The winners of these contests will go on to the Toastmasters Area level and up the ranks further with the possibility of eventually participating at the International level at August’s 83rd Annual International Toastmasters Convention in Kuala …

Wayne Burgraff

It takes one hour of preparation time for each minute of presentation time.

You Have Gotta Have Bones

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, February 2014 By Michele Caldwell Every speech needs a structure of five core elements. Remember the old song lyrics, “The hip bone’s connected to the leg bone; the leg bone’s connected to the knee bone?” Well, a speech is like a human. It’s gotta have bones. We all have a skull that protects our brain, a rib cage that protects our organs. We have bones in our feet to help us keep balance and bones in our hands, arms, legs, face and back. Our bones provide a structural base for keeping our individual traits in …

9 Proven Ways to Spread Your Ideas

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, February 2014 By Carmine Gallo What the most popular TED talks have in common. One of the highest compliments someone can pay a speaker these days is to say, “You really ought to give that presentation as a TED talk.” There’s good and bad news in that observation. The good news is TED presentations (including the TED Conference, TEDGlobal and TEDx) have a reputation for being very good. The bad news is if you give a TED presentation, the expectations will be very high. TED is a nonprofit organization hosting annual conferences devoted to “ideas …

Going Public

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, February 2014 By Caren Neile, Ph.D. How I grew my speaking business by 500% in six months. Does the following scenario sound familiar? For a decade or so, I averaged maybe two paid speaking engagements a month. But I had never handled my speaking career in a professional manner. Everything was catch-as-catch-can, word-of-mouth, seat-of-the-pants. I had my niche, but I never promoted myself. I never called or emailed to thank a client afterward. I never even kept track of what I’d done for each group I spoke to. Then, when the sinking economy threatened my …

John Ford

You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.

A Trove of Tropics

Originally published in Toastmasters Magazine, January 2014 By Paul Sterman For members working toward their Competent Communicator (CC) award, finding speech topics can seem like an intimidating task. Many Toastmasters struggle to come up with ideas on what to talk about. The reality is: Life serves up a smorgasbord of speech topics. Earl Kersting, DTM, recommends carrying a small notebook around (or installing a notepad application on your smartphone) to record ideas as they come to mind.   Consider these additional tips for generating speech ideas: What subject captivates you? Are you intrigued by the paintings of Picasso? Or how to …