3 Simple Truths

[Last week my 5-7-minute speech originally titled “Finding Gold in 3 Simple Truths” won me Best Speaker in my Toastmasters club meeting. It is a level 3 elective speech in the Persuasive Influence Pathway, with the objective of Connecting with Your Audience. This is the text of that speech.] A few years ago I read… Continue reading 3 Simple Truths

Providing Effective Testimony with a Great Speech

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCnZOvjJgwo&feature=share I’m always fascinated to see and learn from great speakers. Abby Johnson testified at a Kentucky State hearing for the Hearbeat Bill, SB9. What did she do as a speaker that was so compelling the bill received a unanimous vote? Humanized the abortion processUsed understandable, active wordsMade constant eye contactVaried her tone and paceSpoke… Continue reading Providing Effective Testimony with a Great Speech

Leadership: Sun, Shark, or Magnet

[This was my fourth speech in Toastmasters, Understanding Your Leadership Style in Pathways, completed in 7:21.] I’d always thought of leadership as someone who swoops in to inspire everyone with a rah-rah speech, works the room, and then gets out of everyone’s way so they can do the job. The leader is the face of… Continue reading Leadership: Sun, Shark, or Magnet