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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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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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Division champion humorous speech analysis I won the Toastmasters division contest with this speech! This video will go over how I managed to keep it together after forgetting a critical word (and substituting it for basically an oxymoron), as well as several other valuable lessons you can learn from the speech. Posted by Potent Speaking…

The post Toastmasters division champion humorous speech (self-analysis video) 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…

The post Types of public speaking anxiety and how to deal with them appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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Transcript:  Hey everyone, I recently competed in a Toastmasters humorous speech contest and I actually was fortunate enough to win the club level contest so I’m moving on to the area level and representing my club there soon. And what I wanted to do is take the video of my speech and do an analysis…

The post Analysis of my own humorous speech “Unleash your inner Stillman” appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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I interviewed Nathan Swan, a public speaking coach for Magnetic Speaking (based in San Francisco). In this interview, we discuss the most important things you can do to become a better speaker. In addition, we talk about how to become more comfortable with public speaking in the United States when English is not your first…

The post Interview with Nathan Swan of Magnetic Speaking appeared first on Potent Speaking.

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