Do you ever struggle with knowing what to talk about when you give a speech? Or do you want a new perspective on the value you bring as a speaker?
If so, be sure to check out this 1-hour video by Darren LaCroix, who’s now a renowned speech coach, and was the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking (in the annual contest run by Toastmasters International).
Note: If the video starts midway along the timeline, please just drag the playhead back to the start.
Also, there’s about 3 minutes of background at the start of the clip, including short parts of Darren’s acceptance after winning the world title. So if you like, by all means drag the playhead to the 3’10” mark, or skip to that point on YouTube instead.
Darren’s a great speaker, and his talk’s filled with both humour and powerful insight. In fact Patricia Fripp, former head of the National Speakers Association, is quoted as saying: Continue reading →
Are you serious about wanting to improve your public speaking? If so, do yourself a favour and listen to what Benjamin J Harvey has to say about it. I did that last Wednesday night, and it was probably the best 2 hours I’ve ever spent on improving my presentation skills!
What a great move that was!
Ben’s a Sydney-based entrepreneur who offers occasional free public-speaking workshops. (Wherever you live, you might also like these 5 free public-speaking courses.) As I’m in Sydney too, and his workshop happens just every few months, I took the chance to go along. What a great move that was!
If you’re looking for world-class blogs to help you present, here are 6 of the very best…
Speaking About Presenting
http://speakingaboutpresenting.com/ Blogger: Olivia Mitchell Posting frequency: Sadly there’ve been no new posts since February 2012 – but the site has years of archives, and Olivia is still publishing readers’ comments.
To me, Speaking About Presenting has some of the world’s best content on the topic, and also includes many useful comments from other top bloggers. Two of the blog’s real strengths are that the content is so concise, and so well thought out. Continue reading →
Are you (or a non-Toastmaster friend) curious about Toastmasters? If so, watch this professional 5-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. Continue reading →