Speech Breakdown: 2015 Champion of Public Speaking: Mohammed Qahtani

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Speech Breakdown and Analysis for the 2015 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, Mohammed Qahtani! Mohammed Qahtani gave a thoughtful speech full of championship data. Each breakdown I do brings with it a new technique or perspective that differs from the rest, and that’s what makes them so valuable if your goal is to become a better speaker or speech writer. … Read More

Speech Breakdown: 2004 Champion of Public Speaking: Randy Harvey

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Speech Breakdown and Analysis of the 2004 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, Randy Harvey! Randy Harvey took us on a journey with his winning speech. And boy was it full of that precious championship data. Each breakdown brings with it a new technique or perspective that differs from the rest, and that’s what makes them so valuable if your goal … Read More

Speech Breakdown: 2019 Champion of Public Speaking: Aaron Beverly

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Speech Breakdown and Analysis of the 2019 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, Aaron Beverly! Aaron Beverly delivered speech full of championship data. Each breakdown I do brings with it a new technique or perspective that differs from the rest, and that’s what makes them so valuable if your goal is to become a better speaker or speech writer. There is a … Read More

Analyzing The Top 3 Finalists From 2017 Toastmasters Speech Contest

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Today, for the 2017 Toastmasters Speech Contest, I’m doing something I’ve never done before… Normally, I break down ONLY the winning speech—you know, the one given by the speaker that gets the lucrative title, World Champion of Public Speaking.That’s obviously not a terrible idea, but there’s an unfortunate axiom for all things competitive, and that is…history only remembers the victor. Today I’m … 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

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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