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

Tactical Analysis of a Public Speaking Champion: Dananjaya Hettiarachchi

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UPDATED Speech Breakdown for the 2014 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, Dananjaya Hettiarachchi.This is an incredible speech with a lot of interesting data. Each breakdown brings with it a new technique or perspective that differs from the rest, and that’s what makes them so fascinating and not to mention useful in becoming a better speaker or speech writer.There is … Read More

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

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

Your Ultimate Walkthrough Guide For Overcoming The Massive Fear Of Public Speaking

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Have you ever had to speak in front of a group of people? If so, do any of these sound familiar?Feeling physically sickButterflies in your stomach (like free-falling down a roller coaster slope)Feeling weakLegs wobbly as if they’re about to buckleEnormous pressure and stressTenseness in the neck and shouldersForgetfulness and difficulty concentratingLack of confidence and self-doubtSweaty pits and palmsDry mouthFear … Read More

Pain’s A Pal

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  I hated the feeling I got when I knew I was just moments away from having to stand in front of a room full of people and say…stuff. Public speaking. Scary to even think about, right? I dreaded doing it. I almost packed it in 7 months after joining Toastmasters (a sort of workshop dedicated to helping you become a … Read More