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To become an amazing speaker there is only one thing that you need.
It is through feedback that we grow as speakers because if we don’t know what’s not working then we can’t fix it. The more feedback you get, the better an idea you’ll have of what you need to do to get your message across successfully.
Every time you speak, look for feedback from your audience members. When you practice, find friends or colleagues to watch you practice and get them to give you honest feedback about how you spoke. From them you will learn the parts that were clear or confusing, fascinating or boring, or too short or too long but sometimes the feedback that you get tells you what doesn’t work but doesn’t tell you how to make it better, and that’s where we come in.
At Cogito Toastmasters we love to give feedback. Each time you speak at the club you will be assigned an experienced member who first will watch and listen to your speech and then will show you not only what you did well but more importantly give you tips on how you can make your presentations even better.
Not only that, everyone in the audience also fills in feedback sheets so you get tips and suggestions from 10-15 other people. It is this focus on feedback and improvement that is the secret behind the success of the Toastmasters program.
Come along to our next meeting and see how our evaluations can give you the feedback you need to take your speaking to the next level.
If you are interested in learning more about how evaluations are given in Toastmasters you can read some of our posts on evaluations:
Every year, all across the world, 15,000 Toastmasters clubs hold their annual International Speech and Evaluation contests, this is the first round of a contest that will result in one person being named the World Champion of Public Speaking.
And there’s a lot of people who really really want to become World Champion, they can spend months writing, practicing and refining their speeches, testing them out on multiple audiences and tweaking them until they have that perfect formula.
It’s hard work but it pays off and Jim Key is a great example of this. In 2001 Jim Key won his way through the first five levels of speech contest to get to the World Final and came 2nd. After being so close to winning, in 2002 he tried again, he got through to the World Final again and got 2nd place again. He may have been frustrated but he didn’t give up, as in 2003 he was back again and this time he won. And if you think that’s good, Jock Elliot fought his way to the World Finals 8 times and finally won in 2011.
Every contest is adventure for anyone who takes part as you never know how far you might go but there is one thing guaranteed you will be a better speaker and communicator afterwards.
To get you in the mood for the contest, from Friday onwards we’ll be posting the World Championship winning speeches on our Facebook page.
Come along to our contest on March 8th to see some potential World Champions as they eloquently deliver their speeches and charm, inspire and entertain you.
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On the 23rd February 1455, the Gutenberg Bible was published for the very first time. The technology that printed the book, the printing press, has been ranked as one of the top innovations since the invention of the wheel.
Our next meeting is this Tuesday 23rd February and our theme will be Innovation and throughout the meeting we will celebrate the people and ideas that changed the world.
We’ve got a great line-up for the evening, strong speeches from Derville, Jean-Marie and Stefan, the always inventive Dermot will give everyone the chance to get up and speak during Table Topics and our special guest, Stephen, will guide us through the meeting.
The meeting begins at 7.30pm in the Lantern Centre so come along and help us celebrate the spirit of innovation.
For more details of our meeting click here.
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Think about your last presentation. Think about how you felt an hour before you gave the presentation. You were probably nervous, desperately revising your script and terrified of one thing – “what if I make a mistake and look stupid?”
Let me share a secret with you, everyone who gives a presentation feels that way. No matter how confident they look or how many years they’ve been presenting, they will still worry about making a mistake.
The trick is to prepare so well as to reduce the chances of making an embarrassing mistake, and to have the confidence and skills so that if you do make a mistake, you can correct it and continue presenting.
And that is what Cogito Toastmasters Dublin can do for you, each of our meetings are designed to provide a comfortable environment to speak in front of an audience and if you make a mistake then we’ll give you the tools and knowledge to avoid it the next time you speak.
Come along to our next meeting and see how we can help you become the speaker you’ve always dreamed of being!
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