Toastmasters vs. Speaking Circles – what are their strengths?

strength - presenter lifting weightsOdds are, you want to improve your public speaking – no matter what your skill level is. Happily you’ve several options, one of the best-known being Toastmasters. (If it’s new to you, you can watch how Toastmasters meetings work in a professional video.)

A second option is Speaking Circles, first founded in the US by Lee Glickstein. You can read chapter 1 of Lee’s book Be Heard Now! online. I thought the chapter was extremely intriguing and appealing, so in this post I’ll highlight the key differences between the Toastmasters and Speaking Circles approaches. Continue reading

See what Toastmasters is like, right now! [Video]

Are you (or a non-Toastmaster friend) curious about Toastmasters? If so, watch this professional 12-minute video to see for yourself what their meetings are like. What a quick, easy and risk-free way to check if you’d like to take the next step – visiting a club in person (at no cost).


Recently I joined a Toastmasters club near me in Sydney, and I certainly recommend it. I didn’t find this video until afterwards, though, so I must admit the meeting format surprised me when I visited.
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4 parts of your body that’ll improve your next talk

Here’s some neat presentation advice that ticks all the boxes – it’s:

  • audience-centred
  • effective
  • memorable.

It’s brought to you by John Richardson of the blog called Success Begins Today. (I love the positive outlook in that name.) Continue reading

Boost testosterone – present better! (Regardless of your sex) [Video to watch]

Here’s how to exude confidence (and feel it too) when you present. Amazingly, it comes down to the quickest and easiest type of preparation you’re ever likely to do!

The fast-moving and fascinating 18-minute video below shows you the way, based on remarkable research into the hormonal effects of body language. Continue reading

Minimise “blur” when you present (F!RST framework – part 1m)


Minimize blurIn this post, you’ll find 9 steps you can take to cut “blur”. (Short of time? You can skip straight to those 9 steps.) First though, let’s just briefly look at what blur is, and how you can recognise it.

Blur harms your goal by being the opposite of focus. Sometimes called “noise”, blur is caused by anything that:

  • overwhelms your audience
  • or distracts them from you and your core message.

Common signs of blur include: Continue reading