Speaking off the cuff

One of the fun parts of a Toastmasters meeting is something called Table Topics. With Table Topics, you get to speak for one, sometimes two minutes on a topic you’re not prepared for. It’s an exercise geared to practice impromptu speaking — speaking off the cuff. Knowing how to organize your thoughts quickly can comeContinue reading “Speaking off the cuff”

Stepping out of your comfort zone

We all experience it. Those moments when we’d rather hide than face an uncomfortable situation. Stepping out of your comfort zone is not always easy, but when you do, you’ll feel really good about it. You’ll expand your reach with new confidence and experience. It’s important to understand what makes you uncomfortable. If you’re providingContinue reading “Stepping out of your comfort zone”

My takeaways as contest chair

In January, I chaired a Toastmasters International Area Speech Contest. It was both nerve wracking and exciting. Since I recently posted about the value of lessons learned meetings after my own club contest, I thought I’d share a few thoughts on this latest experience. I was asked. I was reluctant but said yes. I wasContinue reading “My takeaways as contest chair”

Thinking about leadership styles

I did a little reading not too long ago about different leadership styles. I found it interesting to learn about my personal style and some of the pros and cons of different styles. Leaders vary and so do leadership styles. Leaders range from those who like to collaborate to those who like to dictate. DoContinue reading “Thinking about leadership styles”

Talk about the things you know

Someone once asked me, “When you deliver a speech, how do you remember it?” Hmm that’s a good question. I’m a member of Toastmasters. I joined in 2018 because I wanted to learn how to speak confidently, deliver speeches and frankly, I was curious to know what it was all about. Since then, I’ve madeContinue reading “Talk about the things you know”

Put on your brave hat. Try public speaking with Toastmasters help.

A skinny-legged girl wearing a peach lace dress and her favourite clunky wooden-heeled shoes stepped onto the stage of the Mountainview Public School gymnasium. A quiet grade seven student who was too shy to say no when the opportunity presented itself to be the school talent show master of ceremonies. Public speaking was always somethingContinue reading “Put on your brave hat. Try public speaking with Toastmasters help.”