Learn the art of persuasion and influence. Discover powerful techniques to connect with your audience, tell compelling stories, and motivate them to action. Master framing issues contextually. Understand the distinction between persuasion and influence. Gain insight from expert analysis and real-world examples. All this and more awaits you in this in-depth guide to speaking persuasively. Read on to enhance your skills and achieve your communication goals!Read More
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Wanna turn accounting talks into a hit show? Rule one: have something worth saying. Rule two: know who’s gonna care. Get confident—Toastmasters can help with that. Got personal stories? Use ’em. They make your points hit home. Throw in some humor, especially the self-deprecating kind. Flip those accountant stereotypes for a killer opener. Bottom line: have some serious fun.Read More
A good speech hits its mark and gets the crowd nodding. You can prep and practice all you want, but how people take it is on them. Some might love it, others not so much. Key is, aim to make each speech better than the last. It’s about leveling up, not being perfect.Read More
Is it worth it to take a speech class in college or better to find free platforms to gain speech skills?
Both a college class and free platforms have their ups and downs. In a class, you get the basics but might miss out on real-world feedback. On free platforms, you might lack structured learning. But here’s a third option: Toastmasters. You get hands-on experience and actual feedback. Bottom line? Use all resources available to you.Read More
Picking the right topic for an entertaining speech? Know your crowd and the mood of the event. Everyday life can be comedy gold if you twist it right. Got an awkward or funny life moment? Time + Personal Misfortune = Humor. Just have fun with it. If you’re into the story, chances are your audience will be too.Read More
End your extempore speech strong, not with clichés that sap your credibility. Tie your ending back to your opening and know your time limit to build up to a climax. Avoid overdoing it with another story after reaching the peak. A strong conclusion leaves ’em thinking and maybe wanting to hear more from you later.Read More
You can’t force your students to be good speakers, but you can guide ’em. Make it a group thing, so they learn from each other. Focus on the process, not just the final speech. Confidence is key, and some will naturally be into it. Use those kids to help the others up their game.Read More
Listening to your audience isn’t a side gig, it’s part of the main show. It keeps ’em engaged and lets you tweak your message on the fly. Ignore this, and you risk turning your talk into a snoozefest. Letting people ask questions can steer the talk in directions you didn’t plan, but that’s not always bad. It keeps things lively.Read More
Shaking when you talk in public? You’re not alone. It’s just your body’s way of dealing with stress. Instead of fighting it, use your mind to set the tone. Picture yourself nailing the speech, applause and all. Do a recon of the speaking area beforehand if you can, and run your opening lines in your head. The more you face that fear by speaking up, the less you’ll shake. It’s all about practice.Read More
Need to grab attention in your speech? Start with a shocker like, “This water’s been through eight kidneys!” Or hit ’em with a rhetorical question. Quotes work too, like “If you’re leading and no one’s following, you’re just walking.” A little humor goes a long way. Just make it count to keep ’em listening.Read More
Looking for a killer topic on success? How about “Skills vs Strategy: What Really Drives Success?” Use Jim Rohn’s quote as a launchpad. Or dive into ‘Overcoming Challenges’ with real stories to back it up. ‘Small Steps, Big Wins’ could get people thinking about daily habits. Whatever you pick, make it relatable and end with a call to action.Read More
How can a timid person with no oratory skills and having fear of stage, start in order to become a good public speaker?
Scared of public speaking? You’re not alone. The best way to get over it? Join Toastmasters. Seriously, it’s a game changer. Books can teach you tips, but getting up and talking is how you’ll really learn. And hey, more people fear public speaking than death—crazy, right? So, face the fear and find your voice.Read More