Disassembling the Reading Robot

When I talked about my first public speaking experience years ago, I fell into a very common trap. I was trying to deliver humorous lines but the tone of my voice and the rate in which I was speaking made me seem more like a robot reading from a telephone book. The speech was not …

Improving Eye Contact

Some Toastmasters have given well over 60 speeches at club events. I’ve completed- 9. I have a long way to go before I feel competition worthy.  During my first speech, one of the things that my Evaluator remarked upon was my eye contact. Among the myriad of mistakes I made, he noted that my eye …

Meeting Roles and the 2-Minute Poet

Epic poetry is a long narrative told with carefully selected language. If I were to compare epics to speeches- I’d say that an epic poem is like the State of the Union Address, wherein the President is orating using carefully selected language and words to tell a story and provide information about the direction of an …

Video Learner

When I was going to school, learning was done in person with an instructor in front of a classroom. The lessons could not be paused. The teacher couldn’t be stopped once they started speaking and it felt rude to interrupt and question them. I had to arrive early to get a seat where I could …

Beyond Brick and Mortar

I am a member of two Toastmasters clubs, one at my place of business and another in my local community. Both of these clubs host two meetings a month where they assemble at a specific location at a specific time and they conduct club business. When I am at the meetings, I get the privilege …

Out with the Old and In with the New

Toastmasters International was founded in the 1970s. Their approach to public speaking as helped millions of people and has created a network of public speakers across the globe. For over 30 years, all Toastmasters bean their journey within the organization by getting a booklet of ten speaking projects. After completing these initial ten projects, an …

Why Toastmasters?

In seventh grade I decided to participate in student government and run for student council. To run, I had to give a speech. I worked with my mother and uncle to write my very first speech. I wanted it to be serious but they thought humor was more appropriate. We compromised and wrote a speech …