Category Archives: advice

Why Toastmasters?

Toastmasters can help you deal with the fears you have around public speaking. Continue reading

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Where Do I Find Speaking Gigs?

6 Ways to Find Speaking Gigs When Cassie wanted to start speaking, she was excited. She was looking forward to connecting with her audience but she wasn’t sure where to find those elusive first speaking gigs. A speaker friend recommended … Continue reading

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Paid to Speak?

Free or Premium: Should You Be Paid to Speak? Many people wanted to get started speaking, but the more they read about the subject, the more overwhelmed they become. Where to begin looking for speaking gigs? Should I speak for … Continue reading

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What Is Your Message?

Define the Message You’ll Share Daphne loved the idea of speaking. She wanted to grow her makeup and beauty business but she wasn’t sure how to get started with speaking. Her mentor told her to focus on first defining her … Continue reading

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Take Action on your Dreams

Let us then, be up and doing With a heart for any fate; Still achieving, still pursuing, Learn to labor and to wait. – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Dreams are not enough.  Dreaming will not get us anywhere if we don’t … Continue reading

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Seek First To Understand

For years one of my fellow Toastmasters, by the name of Fred Schuck has been insistent that we need to “seek first to understand” the people we meet and interact with. On September 11th, yesterday, my daily reading included this … Continue reading

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Know Your Audience

Have you been told this before? What does it mean? How are you supposed to get to know your audience when you are speaking at a new venue? An article in The American Society of Engineers says the following: “To … Continue reading

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Sandwich Month

I was reading a blog this morning this morning and found out that August is sandwich month. The first thought that came to mind was a toasted tomato sandwich with a tomato fresh from my garden (although I am still … Continue reading

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Measuring Your Comfort Zone

Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone Peter Drucker famously said “What gets measured, gets managed”. What if you could measure your comfort zone? Would this encourage more people to face their challenges and live more exciting lives? “You never change your … Continue reading

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Self Care

Today I found an amazing site with all kinds of tips on self-care. If you are like me, you often put others ahead of yourself and then wonder why you are so exhausted. It’s important to take time out to … Continue reading

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