Toastmasters Championship Speech Breakdown: Lance Miller

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New Speech Breakdown for the 2005 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, Lance Miller!This was an exciting speech with a lot of interesting data. It is NOT like most of the winning speeches from the past few years–extremely unique. ​Full speech transcriptSpeech statistics (Word count, time of speech, title)​LPM (Laughs Per Minute)Use of “You” focused words versus “I/Me” focused wordsFoundational Phrase … Read More

Speech Titles Matter! (3 Reasons Why!)

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When I entered the Toastmasters International Speech Contest back in early 2015, I ran into a bit of a problem with my speech title.Here’s why:The title, Louder Isn’t Always Better, which isn’t terrible, didn’t do much for my speech besides exist.With the division contest just 2 days away, I practiced my speech at another Toastmasters club in hopes of some … Read More

3 Steps To Overcome Self-Conscious Thoughts About Your Voice

Matt KramerOvercoming Fear, Public Speaking7 Comments

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How Your Voice Contributes To Your NervousnessWho are you? Your gesturing, your style of speaking, your voice (trying to sound like Darth Vader even though you sound like Pee Wee Herman?), the content you choose to speak about (do you give a crap about your topic?), and lastly, the words you use (do you intentionally use jargon instead of simpler words that mean … Read More

The Truth About Filler Words [Ah’s and Um’s]

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Ah. Umm. Uhh. And-so-uh-umm-hmm-urrr. Filler words. Evil filler words.  Last week at a Toastmasters meeting we had a discussion about filler words and their role in public speaking, or more precisely, whether they should have a role or not.  In Toastmasters, there is something called an “Ah Counter.” Can you guess what they do? I don’t want to insult your … Read More

Find An Audience Who Gives A $h!#

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“You can’t please everybody.” Have you heard that before? I have. It’s accurate. There are many different tastes, preferences, perspectives, values, morals, standards, etc. Here’s why this is important. When you decide to put yourself “out there,” you open yourself up to criticism and people’s opinions—and they have every right to offer them. Usually opinions and harsh criticism can hurt … Read More

The Ultimate Reason Why You Should Overcome Your Fear Of Public Speaking

Matt KramerConfidence, Motivation, Overcoming Fear, Public Speaking2 Comments

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I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my mission on this planet (and this site!). How do you explain to someone a feeling or a frame of mind that they’ve never experienced? How can you articulate the real power behind something life-changing?For starters, here it is in words: To help others overcome the fear of public speaking so they can … Read More

Remember Your Speech With These Proven Memory Techniques

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There is a phenomenon that occurs to those with an immense fear of public speaking.  It is called a “white out” and it refers to when your mind goes completely blank in the middle of a speech. You can’t remember jack. It’s like your thoughts instantly evaporate and all that’s left is an empty white canvas, with you a sitting duck.  … Read More