Public Speaking Mistakes to Avoid In Your Next Presentation

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Great speakers may seem like they were born to take the stage and hold an audience in rapt attention, but the reality is that successful speakers have spent many hours practicing and preparing. You may not have time to get your 10,000 hours in before your next speech, but you can learn from the pros to avoid some common public mistakes before your next presentation. Check out the details in this recent article from Inc. magazine.

Dealing with the Tough Questions

In most Toastmaster presentations, you write your speech, practice it, present it and then receive some feedback useful feedback. Nice and simple.

In the real world, you may have to answer tough questions from people who can affect the course of your career halfway through your presentation.

To learn how to deal with questions in your presentation, check out Barbara Pachter’s blog post, “Giving a Presentation? 9 Ways to Answer Questions Like a Pro” here: http://www.barbarapachtersblog.com/2015/11/giving-presentation-9-ways-to-answer.html

Harnessing the Power of Stress

In many surveys, the fear of public speaking is ranked higher than death. Despite the anxiety associated with speaking to groups, many of us are required by our careers or service work to speak regularly in front of groups of people. So, with heart racing, palms sweating, and hands shaking, and an internal exhortation of “once more unto the breach” we move to the front of the room and dive in.
Toastmasters can definitely help you polish your skills and learn to be more comfortable and effective when speaking in public, but for those of you that feel the stress every time you stand up to speak, take heart. Recent research indicates that stress can be your friend.
In her book, The Upside of Stress: Why Stress is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It, author/ researcher Dr. Kelly McGonigal dispels many of the myths surrounding stress, presents the latest research results, and provides examples of how changing your mindset can allow you to harness the physical effects of stress to improve performance.
For a brief introduction to some of her findings (and an opportunity to see a high caliber speech), check out the TED talk below by Dr. Kelly McGonigal:

A Message from Sean Fahey, CC our VP of Education, Steelcase Toastmasters.

Toastmasters,

The District 62 Toastmasters Spring Conference is going to be held May 1-3, 2015 in Jackson, Michigan. The theme is: The Story in You!

Do you like hearing a good story? A good story can transport you into another person’s experience and provide an opportunity for learning. Stories open our imaginations and help us to consider things from another perspective.

There is a powerful story inside of you. Do you know what that story is or how to share it?

At the Spring Conference, you will hear two compelling guest speakers with incredible personal stories and they will help you to define the ‘Story in You’. We are honored to be hosting our first speaker,Mohammed Murad, Toastmasters International President all the way from Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The second is our keynote speaker, comedian and motivational speaker Kelly Swanson from North Carolina.

You can also look forward to the District Business Meeting, two contests and two award ceremonies, diving deeper with three educational sessions and three keynotes, a night of comedy, and more!

Visit the District Conference Page to learn more and feel free to e-mail me with any questions.

Mark your calendar today! You won’t want to miss this exciting weekend of events.

Sean Fahey, CC

VP Education, Steelcase Toastmasters

Area Governor, Area 9

Toastmasters International

Where Leaders Are Made

Phone: 616-502-8624

www.toastmasters.org

www.62toast.com

Michelle Pappas | Legal Strategies | o: 616.246.9133 |

Meeting recap

Hi Toastmasters,

We had a fun meeting, Wednesday, March 18, 2015! After a slow start because our meeting room was in the dark (no working lights), we ended up having great fun.

Chris served as Toastmaster, and Michelle was our grammarian and ahhh-counter. She chose the word of the day out of our Word-Of-The-Day:

Ilk: Noun

Sort, Kind

“The hole beneath the stairs of the cabin’s port allows in squirrels, woodchucks, and other creatures of that ilk.”

Kelson was our timer.

Only Chris used the word of the day! Even though most of us did not use the word in our meeting, we should all try to use it at least once today.

Susanne presented a humorous speech today “Nothing in Life Can Be Too Serious.” We followed her on a trip she took to Europe when she was young. She had lots of adventures and wonderful, fun memories. Heather evaluated her speech, her first evaluation! Great job Heather!

Cameron gave his first speech today! We learned a lot about him in his icebreaker speech. Cameron has lived in a great many places and after he was done I found I would like to hear more. Rich evaluated Cameron. As always, he did a great job evaluating.

Kim was our Table Topics Master and Vote Counter. We spoke about our first cars. All the speakers had a humorous take on their first cars. Ellen won the best speaker ribbon for her story of her first car; a Dodge Dart.

Lori was our general evaluator.

Susanne and Michelle invited the membership to sign up for next meetings roles. Each member who had a role in this week’s meeting had their name placed in a drawing and Lori won a raffle ticket! I’m sure she’ll share any winnings. Please review the CC and CL tracking spreadsheets (links below) and fill out your goals and accomplishments on them.

Competent Communicator-

CC-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By7vsyVOZRbvT0QxbDI4SkctODQ/edit?usp=sharing

Competent Leader

CL-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By7vsyVOZRbvc1ItNWpnTkFleVE/edit?usp=sharing

See you next meeting! BRING A FRIEND!

Michelle Pappas | Legal Strategies | o: 616.246.9133 |

Recap!

Hi Fellow Toastmasters,

We had a fun meeting today, Wednesday, March 4, 2015!

Kelson served as Toastmaster, and Ellen was our grammarian and ahhh-counter. She chose the word of the day out of our Word-Of-The-Day:

Astute: adjective

Having or showing an ability to notice and understand things clearly; mentally sharp or clever

“He is an astute observer of the current political scene.”

Only Sean and Chris speaker used the word of the day today! Even though most of us did not use the word in our meeting, we should all try to use it at least once today.

Sean gave a speech today from the Educational Successful Club Series, Evaluate to Motivate. We heard some great ideas on how to prepare an effective speech evaluation! Susanne evaluated Sean. She did a great job evaluating; particularly after a speech about evaluating.

Chris was our Table Topics Master and Vote Counter. Chris had a great, new idea for her table topic. We each placed our name in an envelope and put on the outside of the envelope something we were good at. Then Chris started by presenting an award (the something we were good at) to a member. We each came up to accept our award and give an acceptance speech and then present the award to the next person. We had fun accepting our awards! I expect we will be doing this table topic again! Cameron won the best speaker ribbon for his acceptance speech for his award for the best impression of Donald Duck!

Heather was our general evaluator and did a great job for her first time in that role!

Sean invited the membership to sign up for next meetings roles and asked that we review the CC and CL tracking spreadsheets and fill out our goals and accomplishments on them.

Competent Communicator-

CC-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By7vsyVOZRbvT0QxbDI4SkctODQ/edit?usp=sharing

Competent Leader

CL-

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0By7vsyVOZRbvc1ItNWpnTkFleVE/edit?usp=sharing

See you next meeting! BRING A FRIEND!

Michelle Pappas | Legal Strategies | o: 616.246.9133 |