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As a competitive person, second place is pain. If I’m second, I might as well be last. That’s why taking second place at the Division level of the International Speech Contest in Toastmasters knocked something out of me. My goal had been Semifinals: and I was stopped two steps short of it. Worse, it was…

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In this sixth video of the series, I talk about how you can overcome a stale speech—one that you’ve been working on for a while and is difficult to improve. Give it a watch—a summary wouldn’t do it justice.

The post Road to Semifinals — Episode 6 (Improving a stale speech) appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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In this video, I take an in-depth look at Ramona’s winning speech in the World Championship of Public Speaking held by Toastmasters in 2018. I give over 20 praises and critiques, showing you how you can achieve the same amount of success by following the principles that she does. If you’re interested in this topic,…

The post Analysis of 2018 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking: Ramona J. Smith appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll hear for public speaking is: just practice, practice, practice. You’ll get better! This advice is spread so much because it kind of works. Yes, by simply going out and speaking in public, you can get better at public speaking. But there are several problems with that. You can…

The post How to Actually Get Better at Public Speaking and Blow past Plateaus appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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Fifth video of the series where I document my attempt to make it to the Semifinals of the World Championship of Public Speaking. Summary I’m back after a long break after getting married! In this video, I talk about the 5-step plan for how to recover your passion for an old speech: To summarize the…

The post Road to Semifinals — Episode 5 (Getting back into an old speech) appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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“Practice makes perfect”, goes the old saying, quite unhelpfully. The truth is, not all types of practice are made equal. So blindly practicing will not make you perfect, and you’re likely to hit a plateau if you practice the way most people do. I want you to understand the critical difference between regular practice, and deliberate…

The post Guide to improving your public speaking with deliberate practice appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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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…

The post Road to Semifinals — Episode 4 (Topic selection and outlining) appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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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 the research that I’ve been doing for a few weeks. In this video, I give 4 major insights from my research. However, I wrote an article with 16…

The post Road to Semifinals — Episode 3 (Research results) appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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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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Second video of the series where I document my attempt to make it to the Semifinals of the World Championship of Public Speaking.   Summary Research video is coming out next. I’m preparing two speeches for the competition because you need two in order to win (one all the way through semifinals, then a different…

The post Road to Semifinals — Episode 2 (Roadmap) appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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