Congratulations to Toastmasters International on its 90th anniversary! Let us celebrate Toastmasters’ 90 years, as a non-profit educational organization helping men and women around the world develop their public speaking and leadership skills. Before I ever established myself as a professional keynote speaker, before I had the honor of serving as the first female president […]

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Congratulations to Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, the 2014 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking!  On August 23rd, Hettiarachchi, a human resource development (HRD) specialist from Colombo, Sri Lanka, won the world’s largest speech contest, the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, with a humorous speech titled, “I See Something.” Below is a clip from his speech. Along […]

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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. […]

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You have no idea how often I hear, “I have just …written a book on public speaking …created a DVD on public speaking …added a video to YouTube on public speaking… and will send it to you. Tell me what you think!” Simply reading emails like this requires time and energy and distracts me from my actual […]

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Legendary screenwriter Syd Field was true Hollywood pioneer. He is regarded as the first to reveal the inside secrets of Hollywood screenwriting. His bestselling book, Screenplay is known as the “the screenwriting bible.” I feel fortunate to have attended his screenwriting seminars over the years; Hollywood knows how to emotionally connect with their audience in […]

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Who first said, “There is no such thing as a free lunch”? One of my UK speaker pals is Derek Arden. This July he was kind enough to drive me from Heathrow airport to Dorset for the start of my amazing vacation seeing family and friends. Derek has invited me to speak at the PSA (Professional […]

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On Wednesday, August 21, 2013 the members of the Golden Gate Breakfast Club in San Francisco will host Alfonso Montuori speaking about how to be creative in the modern world. Alfonso is one of my friends, first introduced to me by my brother Robert Fripp. In you live in San Francisco and like to get […]

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