Last week, Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters hosted a panel on “Mastering Communication | Learn from the Stars of Public Speaking.”
All three women had their unique speaking styles. I enjoyed Luisa’s southern Texan boldness, Maureen’s engineering detail-oriented way of painting her story, and Lindy’s compassion and vulnerability on screen. After hearing our panel, here are some key takeaways:
“WHY” Participate in Toastmasters:
- Sometimes the best material is about uncovering what’s already there. Fear went in and fortitude came out. Nudge, push, never the same.
- Live to give! Delivering impact is more important than winning the trophy.
- We are in an era of forgiving. Toastmasters is where we go practice and fail; and it’s where leaders are made.
Grow with Feedback
- Let that feedback help shape the learnings and you will grow with the process.
- You can get feedback from everyone or anyone, but are you receptive of the feedback?
- Willingness to do what’s different.
- Message is key. Any message that changes someone’s life is profound and can be simple.
- Sometimes the message is not what I want to share, but what I need to hear – for me, from me.
- A great speech isn’t written – it’s rewritten
- Make them laugh. Make them cry. Make them laugh. Then Leave.
- No more than 700 words for an international speech.
Additional Useful Resources:
- 2018 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, Ramona J. Smith
- Storytelling Tips
- Pushing Your Envelope
- Toastmasters Competition | Meeting Roles
Hope to see you at our next meeting on Dec 23rd 7-8:15pm PST.
Agenda can be found here: