Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. Before I became a professional keynote speaker, before I had the and long before I became an in-demand speech coach… I joined Toastmasters. This year, for the first time, Toastmasters International is holding its International Convention outside North America, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I share this year’s line up of tremendously talented and fascinating and speakers!
Toastmasters Reveals 2014 International Convention Speakers
Toastmasters announced the featured speakers for its upcoming 2014 International Convention. The lineup of presenters is highlighted by former Head of Development at BBC Television, Robin Sieger and Malaysian media CEO Rohana Rozhan.
“We have an impressive and diverse group of speakers who represent the excellence that Toastmasters speakers are known for,” says George Yen, Toastmasters 2013-14 International President. “In addition to an exceptional schedule of events, convention attendees will hear presentations that reinforce Toastmasters’ commitment to communication and leadership skills development.” Continue reading ‘Toastmasters Reveals 2014 International Convention Speakers’
To be powerful and persuasive, you must connect with your audience both intellectually and emotionally. Enhance your connection with your audience by customizing or personalizing your message for each specific audience. Customization is indispensable for professional speakers. However, even if you’re not a professional speaker, you will find that taking the time to tailor your next presentation to your audience’s unique interests and concerns will help ensure your success. I share this brief video sample from Fripp Virtual Training that explains the importance of customizing your speeches and presentations:
Join me Wednesday, July 16th at 11am Pacific, for a business-developing learning experience. I will be partnering with the Sales Coach to deliver an action-packed, information-rich webinar to help you deliver sales presentations that get results! This is a complimentary event. As a member of the Fripp community this is my gift to you.
Discover the strategies behind effective sales presentations, as I share the Inside Secrets of Powerful Persuasive Sales Presentations. Presentation skills are critical, because being perceived as a dynamic, inspiring, and persuasive communicator is no longer just a nice skill to have. It is a necessity that can mean the difference between business and career life or death!
Join Me in Dublin, Ireland October 18, 2014 for How to Prepare and Present Powerful Persuasive Presentations
How to Prepare and Present Powerful Persuasive Presentations
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Seminar: 10:00am to 4:30pm (IST)
1 N Wall Quay
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Being perceived as a dynamic, inspiring, and persuasive communicator is no longer a nice skill to have. It is a necessity that can mean the difference between business and career life or death! Continue reading ‘Join Me in Dublin, Ireland October 18, 2014 for How to Prepare and Present Powerful Persuasive Presentations’
In 1924, Ralph C. Smedley held the first meeting of what would eventually become Toastmasters International, created to train young men in “the art of public speaking and in presiding over meetings.” In those days, the word “toastmaster” referred to a person who proposed the toasts and introduced the speakers at a banquet. Smedley named his group “The Toastmasters Club” because he thought it evoked a pleasant, social atmosphere. Today, Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills to women and men of all ages through a worldwide network. Although Toastmasters has always helped individuals achieve public speaking excellence far beyond the banquet hall, understanding how to correctly deliver a toast is still something that many need help with. Here is a recent piece from Toastmasters with their best practices for honoring newlyweds. Even if you are not called upon to deliver a wedding toast this season, consider how you can adapt some of these strategies to prepare for occasions in your professional or personal life when you might be required to make a toast or share a few remarks. Remember, as I always say, “Outside the privacy of your own home, all speaking is public speaking.”
Tips for The Perfect Wedding Toast
Continue reading ‘Do You Know How to Deliver A Wedding Toast? Toastmasters’ Tips for The Perfect Toast’
I am attending the 2014 National Speakers Association Convention. Times flies when you are having a great time! #NSA14 is my 38th convention. Yes, I was very young when I first attended. You are guaranteed to hear some great stories here. Which leads me to share these tips on how to tell a great story, from one of the World Champions of Public Speaking, Rory Vaden. No doubt, Rory is attending #NSA14 too. He talks about being coached by one of my partners in World Champions’ Edge and the Lady and the Champs Speakers’ Conference, Craig Valentine. Of course one of Craig’s favorite stories is about how AFTER he won the World Champion of Public Speaking, he came to me for coaching. Every time he tells it …it gets better. Good stories evolve and improve. Thanks Craig and Rory! Together we make the world better one story at a time.
What Craig Valentine Taught Me about Storytelling
by Rory Vaden
Stories influence people. Good storytellers can speak to people, lead people, entertain people, sell to people, persuade people, and generally accomplish things through people. Bad storytellers cannot. Continue reading ‘Storytelling Strategies from The National Speakers Association Convention’
Are you practicing to improve? Or are you inadvertently reinforcing bad habits? Sure, the old adage says that practice makes perfect. But in fact, practice makes permanent.
Practice can help you become a better speaker, but it can also make you more comfortable with your public speaking mistakes - unconscious language or gestures that detract from your message. My recommendation is to closely examine what you actually say and do in important conversations and presentations. Have you ever recorded what it is you say at the podium? Have you ever videotaped yourself in a training session with your staff? Or asked for the feedback of a trusted colleague? You might be surprised. Continue reading ‘Practice Does Not Make Perfect – Are You Reinforcing Bad Habits?’
Before I became a professional keynote speaker, before I had the honor of serving as the first female president of the NSA (National Speakers Association), and long before I became an in-demand speech coach… I joined Toastmasters. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. This year, for the first time, Toastmasters International is holding its International Convention outside North America, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The 2014 recipient of Toastmasters’ prestigious Golden Gavel Award is a pioneer in international broadcasting, Rohana Rozhan. Congratulations Rohana!
Astro’s CEO, Rohana Rozhan Receives Toastmasters’ Golden Gavel Award
Toastmasters International will honor noted Malaysian media CEO Rohana Rozhan as the recipient of its prestigious Golden Gavel award. The award, presented annually to an individual distinguished in the fields of communication and leadership, will be presented to Rohana during the Toastmasters International Convention Aug. 20-23, 2014, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Continue reading ‘Toastmasters’ Golden Gavel Award’
A third-party endorsement is alchemy of sorts, taking hours of conversation and interaction and condensing it into a couple of sentences. You cannot and must not lie when sharing third-party endorsement client stories, but you can condense a conversation. You can even dramatize an endorsement story as long as it is authentic and emotionally true.
So, think of one of your good clients. They are listed on your website, and you already use them as a reference. Now, take the next step – call them and ask this question, “Do you remember when we first did business; can you remember what your major challenge was or why you chose us out of the three competitors?”
Listen carefully, because your clients will always give you the most compelling language. Get their exact words about their situation and the solution. Continue reading ‘Harness The Power of Third-Party Endorsements’
Successful sales conversations are always focused on your potential client’s problem, goal, or challenge – NOT on your product or the service you provide. Never presume you can meet a prospect’s needs before you have invited them to tell you what their needs actually are. My friend, sales expert and sales coach, Scott Plum shares this story, demonstrating the fact that successful sales always begin with asking the right questions. Enjoy!
How Not to Turn Your Product into A Commodity
by Scott Plum
I was working in the office one afternoon when two salespeople from an office supply company walked in. After they introduced themselves, they wasted no time noticing the laser printer on my desk. One quickly stated, “I see you have the Brother 2170. I can save you money on your toner.” With a saddened look and tone, I asked, “Why do you have to be like that?” Continue reading ‘Are You Insulting Your Prospects?’