When the Harry and Sally scene was over and my workshop partner Olivia Schofield was halfway lying on the floor - after her pretty realistic fake orgasm - and those 330 crazy Toastmasters burst into laughter, we knew this was going to be a special event. And it was. Olivia and I want to say THANK YOU to all you open-minded workshop participants in Athens at the European conference of Toastmasters International on 26 May 2018. "Sex and Public Speaking" - we knew we were going to touch a taboo topic. But - no one could have defended us better than our wonderful workshop coordinator Aleen: If there's rebirth in Athens (the conference motto!), there must be sex in Athens. We promised the room we were going to follow up on the group work results. One of the group work sessions looked for answers to one question: How can speakers create more pleasure for their audience? We received an amazing 355
“Public speaking is a mountain without a peak.”
Welcome to Spectacular Speaking VII. For the seventh time, my friend and professional speaker Olivia Schofield unites her boys – John Zimmer, Peter Zinn and me – in Berlin. What makes this event so special is that we are all family. You won’t just attend a massive public speaking training; you won’t just learn and speak and be inspired; you will feel home.
“Your audience doesn’t care about your fear of public speaking.”
“Negative feedback is poison.”
In late summer 1997 I took a step that changed my life forever. On 1 September 1997, shortly after the tragic accident of Lady Di, I started my exchange student year in Barcelona. Wow, Barcelona - this city just blew me away! The Mediterranean vibes, the parties, the beach, the parties, the beach, the parties, ... And there was something special about Barcelona. A few days after my arrival, it started to feel like home. Have you been to places in life - villages, cities, countries - where you felt like home right away? The stage is not one of them! As a public speaker, before calling a stage your home, you must explore it, test it, challenge it. Staging, the effective use of the stage, has a big impact on your performance as a public speaker. If you feel home on stage, if you feel comfortable and cozy, you will perform better. At least, that is my experience. Here
Is there anything more subjective than a personal opinion? My following ten commandments are based on nine years of experience as a corporate trainer. They work for me. If you have learned other drivers for successful trainings, feel free to share them in the comments below. I look forward to a fruitful discussion. 1. Kick out the camera Aristotle did not have a camera either. Plus, almost all people I have met in my life hate listening to their own voice. But - the most critical point by far: You would analyze yourself. I don't know anything more useless than your self-assessment in public speaking. 2. Play music Music is emotion. Emotion is the soil of growth. Play music before and after and during all breaks. One of my best friends is Spotify. 3. Add rituals Rituals like clapping before every speech or repeating the same opening song after each break create a sense of continuity. People appreciate continuity. 4.
“Charisma is a skill.”
Public speaking. The mere thought of it can set hearts pounding! And yet, being able to communicate one’s ideas in public is an important and sought-after skill. Rhetoric–The Public Speaking Game™ will help you become a better speaker and have fun in the process!
RHETORIC will challenge, engage and entertain you with a series of public speaking tasks. You and your fellow players will step onto the stage and take turns delivering a series of short speeches, as determined by the squares on which you land.
For the past few years, people around the world have played the board game version RHETORIC in companies, organizations and homes. RHETORIC is now available as an app. For more info go to rhetoricgame.com.
For many people, public speaking is a big challenge. And when you have to speak about someone you love, the challenge is even bigger. Welcome to the wedding speech!
Delivering a speech at a loved one’s wedding is an honor. You should do it justice. And you can!
This course will ensure that your wedding speech is moving and memorable. In four simple steps, you will build a terrific speech. You will know what to say and how to say it.
And they will love it!
In this online course you will learn how to
- structure and build your wedding speech.
- fill the structure with entertaining content – humorous, emotional, memorable.
- perform your wedding speech with more impact thanks to concrete tips and techniques for a more powerful delivery.
The second book from 2013. A great read especially for Toastmasters who want to upscale their evaluation skills. Focusing on content, delivery and slides, it offers 108 ideas for better speaking.