Why did I go to Toastmasters?
I've always been a bit boring in my speaking. Even after being a teacher for 6 years in my previous careerpath, I still have a hard time not being a monotone speaker.
So that's why I decided to attend a Toastmasters meetup.
I had the idea for a while but didn't get around to it (yes, yes I know, excuses).
Anyway, I went, and it was great! I learned a TON! So why not share it with you?
Here's a list of the things I picked up during the event.
How to not be a boring speaker! Tips! 👇
- If possible, be well prepared.
- See an impromptu speech as an opportunity.
- Take pauses during your speaking.
- Look people in the eye.
- Speak in a relaxed tone.
- Tell a story.
- Speak about what you felt.
- Conclude with a lesson or a compelling message.
- Use vocal variety.
- Be energetic.
- Don't put too much information into your story.
- Give compliments plentifully.
- Don't put your hands in your pants.
- Don't walk around too much, but also not too little.
- Refrain from saying "eh" or "ah" between sentences.
- Try to feel confident.
- Use humor.
- Pronounce words clearly, especially when using complex words.
- Don't use too much jargon.
- Speak with intent behind each word/phrase.
- Don't end all your questions with a question mark.
- Don't ask too many questions.
- Choose an interesting topic if possible.
- Use repetition of important phrases or talking points.
- Take time before you start talking when you need time to think.
- Try to pick a story that is not only focusing on yourself, but is relevant to your listeners too.
- When you are offered a specific (fictional) topic, take a few moments to outline the story in your head.
- Before telling an impromptu story, keep the end in mind,. You mind finds a way by itself to get to it during your talking.
When I learn more from future events I'll update this list. So make sure to bookmark it! ;)
- Updated with 3 more on August 6th 2020
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