Toastmasters, without question is one of the leading international communication and leadership organisations. At their meetings they have an impromptu segment called Table Topics or an impromptu speaking segment. This segment is led by the Table Topics Master. This post is to help the Table Topics Master excel at their role. Non-toastmasters can gain an insight into the skills that might help them run a similar segment. Also, check out my post on being the Masters of Ceremonies.
Have you ever witnessed a speaker take the stage really animated, with lots of energy, excitement and enthusiasm? I remember one speaker like that and he was using all of the stage, connecting with all of the audience members. I thought at the time, “Wow! This guy is really good.” However, Continue reading “Stage Use and Anchoring”
The cardinal sin of public speaking is to be boring. When you speak in a monotonous voice with little tone, pitch or volume variation, you won’t connect and most likely send your audience to sleep. Have you ever heard someone use their Continue reading “Vocal Variety”
When you were a teenager, did you belt out your favourite pop song holding a hairbrush to your mouth? What’s with that? Yet, I bet it made you feel like a star, made you feel powerful. A real microphone can give you that same power, authority and impact that all presenters seek. As the famous American TV personality, Willard Scott once said, Continue reading “Speak Up – Microphone Use”
Props can be very powerful if used well. It’s best used when it can speak louder than words. When it can say something more clearly, more succinctly and with more impact then you could verbally. It helps however, Continue reading “Use of Props”
What is a foundation phrase? If you’re an Australian, and you hear, “Puts a rose in every cheek!”, you probably, immediately remember the advertising jingle that promoted Vegemite. Mind you, I hate the stuff. But that’s beside the point. I also suspect that in every English speaking country, they’ll know Continue reading “Foundational Phrase”
What does the fear of public speaking have to do with connecting with your audience? Well, when you take the stage smiling, looking confident and comfortable, the audience will immediately relax, knowing that they are in good hands. That is, you’ll connect.