Toastmasters Awards Golden Gavel to Nobel Peace Prize Winner

2015 Toastmasters Golden Gavel Recipient & Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Muhammad Yunus

2015 Toastmasters Golden Gavel Recipient & Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Muhammad Yunus

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization teaching public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. I am honored to deliver the opening keynote at the 2015 Toastmasters International Convention in Las Vegas this August. The last time I addressed a Toastmasters International Convention was in 2001, when I watched my colleague, Darren LaCroix, win the World Championship of Public Speaking and my friend, a fellow NSA (National Speakers Association) Past President, Jim Cathcart win Toastmasters Golden Gavel Award.  Darren LaCroix will also be speaking this year and with the 2015 Golden Gavel going to Nobel Peace Prize winner, Muhammad Yunus of Bangladesh, this promises to be a truly international and exciting event! (more…)

Public Speaking – You Did Everything Wrong & You Were Great!

Jeff Salz

This brave man was somewhat daunted the first time he delivered a major presentation in front of me.

My remarkable friend, Dr. Jeff Salz is an anthropologist, explorer, expedition leader, and professional speaker. Jeff is an adventurer from birth. At seventeen, he was solo traveling around the globe – ice climbing in New Zealand and living on vampire bats in the jungles of New Caledonia. After decades of exploration and his study of human nature around the world, he is equally at home leading in a boardroom of Fortune 100 executives or around a bonfire with tribesmen in the Upper Amazon. One trait that makes Jeff an excellent speaker is his authenticity. (more…)

Defeat vs. Victory – Stop Asking “Why?” And Start Asking Yourself “What Now?”

Jason "Jay" Redman

Jason “Jay” Redman, Former Navy SEAL, Motivational Speaker & Author of “The Trident”

As you know I like to share relevant quotations and passages from other experts in my blog and in SpeakerFrippNews. As an executive speech coach who helps people better craft their words, and as someone who has coached speakers for the Wounded Warrior Project, I had to share this excerpt from a dramatically powerful article by Mark Sanborn. Mark is my colleague in Speakers Roundtable and a past President of National Speakers Association.  Thank you Mark! And to Lieutenant Jason “Jay” Redman, thank you for your service and your inspiration!

from Mark Sanborn

In a passage from the book Duty, Robert Gates tells about Lieutenant Jason “Jay” Redman, a Navy SEAL who had been shot seven times and had undergone nearly two dozen surgeries. Jason kept a hand-drawn sign on the door to his room at Bethesda Naval Hospital. It read: (more…)

Fripp Virtual Training Members to Compete at Toastmasters International Speech Contest

Toastmasters International LogoAs you read this, the Toastmasters International Convention is being held outside North America for the first time – in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  Before I became a professional keynote speaker and long before I became an in-demand speech coach… I joined Cable Car Toastmasters in San Francisco. Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network. Who would have guessed how that action transformed my life and opened a career I never would have imagined?

On behalf of my partners in World Champions’ Edge, Ed Tate, Darren LaCroix, Craig Valentine, and the convention’s opening keynote speaker Mark Brown and out over 500 worldwide members, we are full of pride that many World Champions’ Edge members and Fripp Virtual Training members are in Kuala Lumpur competing in Speech Contests at this year’s International Convention. Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Toastmasters who make it to the international speech competition have already won competitions, beginning with club contests and continuing through area, division, and district level contests, in order to reach this elite level of competition. Congratulations and best wishes to our World Champions’ Edge members and Fripp Virtual Training members competing in this year’s International Contests – we know you can keep those judges Frippnotized! As Darren LaCroix, who in 2001 won the World Championship of Public Speaking – and is there to cheer you on – says, “It is not about the trophy, although that is nice, it about the skills and discipline you develop along the way.”

Good luck Edge members. It is an honor to know you.
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