Category Archive: Toastmasters

Apr 11

Toastmasters Mystery Speaking – The Hidden Benefits, part 3

“Hi diddly dee, a mystery speaker’s life for me” – okay, that doesn’t quite scan but I don’t claim to be Lennon & McCartney. Earlier this week I had the opportunity to be a mystery speaker for the Women in Banking and Finance Speakers. Even though I’m not in Banking or Finance and I’m not …

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Apr 04

Public Speaking and Mind Mapping

It occurs to me that over the past couple of months I’ve been talking about Public Speaking and Mind Mapping without actually talking about the process that you go through in order to create a Mind Map. Waaaaay back in the early 1990s, I taught myself Mind Mapping by reading the book by Tony Buzan …

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Apr 02

Toastmasters vs. Toastmasters

“You go to Toastmasters?” “Yes.” “Do you wear one of those red coats and have a gavel?” “Um… no. I don’t think that’s on the agenda.” So goes some people’s confusion when I tell them that I’m a member of Toastmasters. After a bit of searching around I discovered that there are in fact TWO …

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Apr 01

How to Win a Speech Contest – Even if you lose!

You might be wondering “What? How to Win a Speech Contest – Even if you lose? Wait – is this an April Fool?” Nope. It is absolutely possible because it depends on your definition of winning. Now, I know I run the risk of coming over a bit like a bad motivational speaker, but hear …

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Mar 27

Toastmasters Mystery Speaking – The Hidden Benefits

I’m going to extol the virtues of being a Mystery Speaker at Toastmasters again. I did another stint as a Mystery Speaker at a club called Tube Talk last night. Tube Talk’s run by a company called Metronet Rail. According to their website they are “responsible for maintaining, replacing and upgrading all infrastructure on nine of …

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