Mar 09

Can I Stop My Jokes Being Stolen?

I read an article on Chortle, the British comedy website, recently which spoke about the incident where comedian Lee Hurst smashed the mobile phone of an audience member who was filming his act. This is useful to read about if you’re a comedian or if you’re delivering funny presentations.

Hurst, like a lot of comedians, didn’t want his material to be stolen and/or potentially uploaded to YouTube. Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 06

Who’s funnier – Men or Women?

It seems that whenever newspapers run out of stories, or need something to fill a couple of pages, they drag up the can women be funny debate. This time though it’s being tied into International Women’s Day which takes place this Sunday.

This time the debate appeared in Wednesday’s Metro. Personally, I am finding the debate incredibly dull because I thought we all knew the answer? Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 04

Interview with 2008 Evaluation Champion

Hilary-BriggsThe International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest is just around the corner here in the U.K.

I recently managed to secure an interview with Hilary Briggs, chairman of ACE Group 29, The Academy for Chief Executives, Area 33 Governor and, most importantly for the purposes of this blog, U.K. and Ireland Evaluation Champion 2008.

I wanted to be able to get some useful tips from a champ to help my Toastmasters readers who might be competing in the Evaluation Contest this year (or some other year depending on when you’re reading this). There is also some useful info in this interview for evaluators in general.

So here we go… Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 02

How Do You Relate To Your Audience?

Even though this post is from the perspective of being a member of Toastmasters International and the Humorous Speech Contest, there are certainly some lessons that can be applied to any speaking or presentation.

The Humorous Speech Contest

During my time at Toastmasters I’ve had an opportunity to deliver and watch a number of different humorous speeches; obviously none more so than in the humorous speech contest.

What I find quite interesting is the number of speeches that strive for originality (one of the rules of the humorous speech contest). Whilst this is perfectly admirable it’s not something that always works in your favour. What, I hear you say? We should just regurgitate old hackneyed topics instead? Not exactly no. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 27

Why Make a Speech at All?

“Speeches fail because they focus on the speaker not on the audience” – Phillip Khan-Panni

In the run up to the International Speech Contest Division B put on a public speaking seminar with Phillip Khan-Panni, former three-time U.K. & Ireland Public Speaking Champion, silver medallist in the World Championships and also former member of my home club Grosvenor Square Speakers. Read the rest of this entry »

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