All Things Toastmasters

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All Things Toastmasters is a collection of questions & answers about Toastmasters answered by Rae Stonehouse DTM and other Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmaster members. 

Anytime you're speaking to somebody else besides yourself, you are publicly speaking.

Wednesday, 05 February 2020 21:24

Does Toastmasters teach social skills?

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Does Toastmasters Teach Social Skills? Article by Rae Stonehouse DTM.I’m going to take a contrary view as some others have and say “No, it does not.” However, Toastmasters does provide an amazing amount of opportunities to practice them.

There are no universal answers to this question. The best resource material for topics lay within your own Dont Let Your Voice sound like all the other noises today.personal history and experience.

I often share humorous stories from my childhood or other times of my life. I tie the story into making a point i.e. a teaching moment.

Recently I delivered a speech entitled “It seemed like a good idea at the time …” The speech is about a series of situations that didn’t go the way they were planned and the lessons learned.

Life Begins at the end of Your Comfort Zonev2Toastmasters is truly an International organization. You only have to go one of its annual conferences and watch the parade of banners in the opening ceremonies to truly appreciate how international it is.

You don’t say what country you live in.

Each Time We Face Our FearWhile I would whole-heartedly recommend either option for someone who was experiencing anxiety and fear of public speaking, I am concerned about the aspect of the anxiety being ‘paralyzing.’

Toastmasters is the world’s leading provider of inexpensive, effective communication and leadership training. They are experts at helping their members at overcoming their fear of public speaking and developing skills to become better communicators and leaders.

While there may be anecdotal stories from Toastmasters clubs around the world, as to how their club has helped someone who is paralyzed with fear, to becoming fearless, or at least less fearful, I don’t believe it to the norm.

My short answer is “possibly… possibly not!

It is a common fallacy that practice makes perfect. It simply isn’t true.

If one practices over and over again without constructive feedback as to how to improve their public speaking skills, they are likely to repeat the same mistakes.

Having been a member of Toastmasters for over 26 years, I have delivered 18 icebreakers.

My very first icebreaker was the most memorable. It took me over 10 months to work up the nerve to deliver my speech.

Wednesday, 02 October 2019 22:47

How are 30+ minute speeches delivered without notes

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It can be easy to speak for 30 minutes without notes. The challenge is to be organized for those 30 minutes.

I find it easier to deliver 20 to 30-minute presentations than it is to deliver a 5 to 7-minute presentation as would be the typical Toastmasters-style speech.

There is no one-size-fits-all answer to this question. I currently have multiple ideal audiences.

As a Toastmasters member for over 26 years, my fellow Toastmasters are an ideal audience for me in that they provide me an audience to practice with as well as provide constructive feedback on my presentation skills.

It won’t be the end of the world if you do, But, it serves no purpose to reveal to the audience that you are nervous.

Telling your audience you are nervous is self-serving. You would be doing it to presumably reduce your anxiety. It probably won’t!

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