The Day I Did Not Listen To Axl

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Growing up as the son of two socialist teachers has its funny flaws. In my case one of them was that my folks never really cared about technological advance. Born in 1973, I grew up with three German TV channels – all of them in black and white. When we finally got satellite TV . . . → Read More: The Day I Did Not Listen To Axl

Making Them Laugh With Slide Humor

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Have you ever experienced a speech that was too funny? Your public speaking needs humor like Bon Jovi needs a bed of roses. Humor is pattern. This is great news for all those out there who have never been able to make anyone laugh – at no time, nowhere. Humor is never an accident; it . . . → Read More: Making Them Laugh With Slide Humor

Have You Ever Touched An Electric Fence?

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On May 18-19 2017, I attended the spectacular spring conference of District 95 of Toastmasters International in Berlin. We were more than 450 public speaking junkies from more than 17 countries. What a laugh! What learning! What goosebumps! Once again I felt the reason why I love this organization so much. One of the . . . → Read More: Have You Ever Touched An Electric Fence?

Where There Is No Hook You Cannot Hang A Jacket

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Once I asked my mom, Mom, what is your biggest lesson learned in 42 years of primary school teaching? My mom, back then 80 years old, looked at me, paused and took a severe sip of Bavarian beer. She targeted my eyes like a praying mantis targets her prey. Then she threw her eight-decade-wisdom . . . → Read More: Where There Is No Hook You Cannot Hang A Jacket

When The Audience Starts To Mentally Vomit

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What is the second slide in a PowerPoint presentation after the deadly boring title slide? Sometimes it’s the deadly boring agenda; sometimes, and that is even worse, it’s the “About me” slide. When the audience sees the “About me” slide they start to mentally vomit.

Having said that, the “About me” slide is supposed . . . → Read More: When The Audience Starts To Mentally Vomit