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Third video of the series where I document my attempt to make it to the Semifinals of the World Championship of Public Speaking. Summary I finished selecting two topics: Being unique Be more adventurous Both are cliche topics, but high level speeches in Toastmasters commonly are. It’s not really about whether the audience has never…

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Armed with a large spreadsheet, videos of Toastmasters International Finalists, and an overwhelming sense of curiosity, I set out to learn what sets the champions apart. I watched 10 champion speeches and 5 speeches that placed second or third. I manually recorded everything about them in a spreadsheet: aspects like how many laughs they received,…

The post The Secrets to Winning the World Championship of Public Speaking (16 tips) appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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I’m starting a new video series where I’ll document my attempt to make it to the Semifinals of the World Championship of Public Speaking. Throughout this series I will be giving you tips and tricks that you can use to write your own speech for the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Here is the first video:…

The post Road to Semifinals — Episode 1 (Introduction) appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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This post was originally a guest post on www.presentation-guru.com. Lately, I have been preparing to deliver a TEDx talk at a local university. As I’ve crafted this speech, I’ve been reminded that it is all too easy for me to write very dry speeches even though one of my trademarks is humor. What do I…

The post 7 tips for overcoming speech writer’s block and making an engaging speech appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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I wrote a new post about overcoming speech writer’s block on www.presentationguru.com. Presentation Guru is a digital magazine for presentation professionals and features a variety of different public speaking experts and bloggers. In this article, I discuss some interesting tips for writing an engaging speech—even when the topic seems dry or difficult to write about.…

The post New guest post on Presentation Guru: 7 tips for overcoming writer’s block appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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Humor is one of the simplest ways to go from being a boring speaker to an engaging one. If you’re able to successfully add humor to your speech, you’ll be able to connect better with your audience. I’m about to give you over 10 ways to add humor to your speech—and there’s even more helpful…

The post The Complete Guide to Adding Humor to Your Speech (10+ Ways and Ebook) appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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Many people experience public speaking anxiety, but most people are not aware that there are actually multiple different types of public speaking anxiety. The types of public speaking anxiety can be sorted into contexts and causes. There are two anxiety contexts Some people get nervous before the speech, while others get nervous during the speech. If you’re someone…

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