Public Speaking Category Archive

Is Self-Help a Scam?

Monday, March 13th, 2006

The self-help industry is frequently criticized for being poulated by scam artists who overpromise and underdeliver.  Is this a valid criticism?  Let’s take a deeper look into the dark side of self-help. False promises One of the biggest problems in the self-help industry is that promoters make false promises.  They promise hugely unrealistic results, as […]

Personal Growth on Steroids: The Strategy of Immersion

Friday, March 10th, 2006

If you want to expand your horizons and try new things in life, the strategy of immersion is one of the best ways to do it.  Instead of merely dipping your toes in the water, immersion means you dive in head first.  This isn’t a strategy that appeals to the timid; however, with a sufficient […]

Humor Skills

Wednesday, December 14th, 2005

Can humor skills be developed?  Yes, absolutely. I’ve had a strong sense of humor since I was a child.  I would sometimes get in trouble for making witty commentary in class, causing the room to bust out laughing.  In fact, I still do this today in group situations.  But this always came to me as a natural […]

Motivational Seminar Recap

Wednesday, September 28th, 2005

I had a great time at the motivational seminar yesterday. While I can’t share a full day’s worth of information in a single blog entry, I’ll share some of the highlights and the things I learned. The seminar took place in the Mandalay Bay Events Center, a gigantic indoor stadium with a raised speaking platform […]

Professional Speaking

Monday, September 26th, 2005

As you may already know, over the past year and a half, I’ve been working hard to build my speaking skills to a professional level. I’ve also been creating a mountainous volume of original content on personal development, much of which you can access for free via this web site. Based on the feedback I’ve […]

Motivational Seminar

Monday, September 26th, 2005

Tomorrow I’m going with some friends to a Get Motivated motivational seminar at the Mandalay Bay hotel here in Las Vegas. Speakers include Zig Ziglar, Steve Forbes, Peter Lowe, Tom Hopkins, Michael Powell, Joe Montana, and Rudy Giuliani. I’m especially looking forward to seeing Zig Ziglar speak. I’ve heard his audio programs and read his […]

Videotape Your Performance

Thursday, August 4th, 2005

One of the best pieces of advice for improving at public speaking is to videotape yourself and then watch the video, looking for ways you can improve. This technique is commonly used by the best speakers in the world. But this idea can work for any kind of performance, not just public speaking. If you’re […]

Darren LaCroix

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Darren LaCroix is the Toastmasters International 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking. Last night he gave a free presentation here in Vegas called “Learning From a Dead Frog,” which I attended eagerly along with about 150 others. During his presentation Darren dissected his 7-minute championship speech (titled “Ouch!”) and explained how he developed, rehearsed, and […]

Digital Voice Recorder

Saturday, July 23rd, 2005

I recently bought an Olympus WS-100 digital voice recorder. This particular recorder was recommended by a contributor to SpeakerNet News. I like the Olympus WS-100 for several reasons: It uses flash memory, so I don’t have to fuss with microcassettes or mini-CDs. It only weights a couple ounces and is about the size of two […]

Eliminating Verbal Pauses

Friday, July 22nd, 2005

One of the communication skills Toastmasters teaches is to eliminate verbal pauses when speaking, whether giving a speech, talking on the phone, or having a face-to-face conversation. Verbal pauses are when you say um, ah, uh, you know, etc. While your brain is searching for the next words to say, your mouth keeps on going […]