Crafting a Speech
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Crafting a Speech

It’s competition season for Toastmasters. Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters VP of Education, Abhijeet Joshi, shared in his workshop on friday how to craft a winning speech  Here are some key takeaways:  Styles of Writing  Short sentences  Contractions Easy words to pronounce Rhetorical questions  Analytical process and reactions  Topic Selection  We often select topics that are based...

Secret of Compelling Storytelling
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Secret of Compelling Storytelling

I attended a workshop, hosted by Pres Vasilev, who was 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking. Here’s his winning speech:  He shared the eight things to uncover the essence of storytelling:  Foreshadowing to create curiosity  Callbacks to keep story time  Sensory details (sound, touch, smell, taste, etc) can awaken the senses and paint a vivid...

How to Evaluate Speeches Effectively
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How to Evaluate Speeches Effectively

It was my great honor to deliver an evaluation workshop, “Evaluation. Who Cares?!”  last Saturday, I shared how I won first place in the Fall Fusion Evaluation District Contest in October 2020.  Here’s my full powerpoint for your reference.  The five parts to the workshop demonstrate Why evaluate What to evaluate How to evaluate effectively...

How to A.C.E. Your Speech
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How to A.C.E. Your Speech

Last week, Lindy MacLaine, the Second-Runner-Up in the 2020 first ever Virtual Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, gave us a great workshop on “How To Become an A.C.E. at Virtual Speaking.”  Take a look at the recording here:  I learned a lot from her one hour workshop. “A.C.E.” stands for Authenticity, Cameras dos and...

Five Things That Public Speaker Winner Lindy MacLanie Mastered
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Five Things That Public Speaker Winner Lindy MacLanie Mastered

It’s our honor to host another workshop, “How To Become an A.C.E. at Virtual Speaking,” led by Lindy MacLaine, DTM, the Second-Runner-Up in the 2020 first ever Virtual Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, this Wednesday, Jan 13th, 7-8 pm PST.  I first heard about Lindy MacLaine last year. I was practicing my evaluation contest...

Learnings From Three Public Speaking Competition Finalists
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Learnings From Three Public Speaking Competition Finalists

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...

Harnessing The Three Energies
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Harnessing The Three Energies

Yesterday, I gave the speech, “Who is Abhi,” the second time in a week. I found that my performance the second time around was boring. Why was I not consistent? I went into the workshop, hoping to find some answers. Kiran Patel, an award-winning speaker, shared with us “three essential energies” in her workshop, “Bring...

Bring Your Speech To Life!
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Bring Your Speech To Life!

When you are preparing a speech, have you experienced that you were focusing too much on carefully crafting your words and gestures that you lost the connection with yourself, your audience and your message? This is even more difficult during the pandemic that many people are experiencing “zoom fatigue.” People feel like they have to...