The Blank Stare…
One of the things in public speaking that unsettles many people is the audience’s Blank Stare© - a completely non-responsive audience.
That is actually the default position for most audiences and entirely natural.
The polar opposite is full on audience interaction of the sort that can make people envy speakers enduring the Blank Stare©
And that is the sort of feedback you get when speaking to the general public.
On that note…
Area 58 is organizing a day out at the original free speech site, Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park on Sunday 20th July. The meeting point is Marble Arch at 11.00.
There will be exercises beforehand that everyone can take part in whether you choose to speak later or not
Let’s Do Speaker Corner
It will be a very entertaining day for all involved. The bonus being that it will be taking place at arguably London’s greatest park (amoungst Regents, St James’s and Victoria).
It’s great to see good speakers get recognised for the time and effort they put in to their club. At the recent D71 conference in Dun Laoghaire one of City of London Toastmasters finest was recognised for achieving 3 awards in a single year!
We were contacted by a fellow Toastmaster named Ivan Wanis Ruiz from Canada, who has written an ebook on public speaking and is offering all of us a free copy. It looks like a useful book for any Toastmaster and contains lots of hints and tips that you can use to help you through the manuals.
They Don’t Have to be Naked: A New Approach to Public Speaking That Will Help You Conquer Your Fears & Deliver Talks That Get People Talking.
Thanks to everyone who voted on Tuesday, and thanks to those who put themselves forward to be part of the committee and lead this great club over the next year. Without further ado, i’d like to introduce the new committee….
New member Nebojsa Vidic talks about his experiences at City of London Speakers, and shares some tips for conquering Table Topics.
Take a look at the full post on his blog here:
One of our sister Toastmasters clubs, 1st London Toastmasters, are holding a 1 day practical workshop THIS SATURDAY!
Their 1 day Public Speaking workshop for beginners will help you get a solid understanding of the basics of making a speech by learning some simple, but powerful tools and techniques. Through the workshops they create an intimate environment for complete beginners to help you explore public speaking and discover your own style.
In this packed 1 day hands-on training session you will specifically work on:
- Understanding what nervousness is and use it to make a powerful speech
- Using body language and eye contact like a pro
- How to write and deliver a speech effectively
This highly successful workshop has helped many beginners change their outlook on public speaking and enjoy making speeches and presentations. We create self-belief in your ability to speak. So come experience this for yourself – please read the details below and sign up.
- Location : BPP, 2S t Mary Axe, London, EC3A 8BF
- Date/Time : Saturday 7th June, 10.30-4PM
- Cost: £25 per person
To register please go to: http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/public-speaking-fundamentals-a-1-day-hands-on-practical-workshop-tickets-11754278363
Toastmasters provides many opportunities to improve your public speaking, but one of the best is the District Contest. There are two held each year and the most recent one was attended by me and Ga Lok in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, a beautiful seaside spot just outside of Dublin.
Photo courtesy Chee-Hoong Wong
Do you love City of London Toastmasters? Do you want to help make it an even better club? You’re in luck! Now’s your chance to get involved: it’s time for us to recruit next year’s committee. There are lots of opportunities to get involved and be a part of the team that makes City of London Toastmasters the best club around.
On top of all the opportunities to improve your public speaking, Toastmasters is also a place to learn and refine your leadership skills. Being on the committee is a great way to do this. There are many different roles available, outline below, so take a look and find one that fits your skill set.
Consider giving just a small amount of your time to help keep City of London Toastmasters as the best club in London. If you have any questions or would like to put yourself forward for a role, please let us know.
Nominations will close at midnight on June 15. If there is more than one person running for a position, we will have an election at our meeting on June 17.
I’m looking forward to hearing from you.
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For those of you that saw my speech last night – here’s the “Toastmasters Promise”. For anyone who didn’t, the Toastmasters Promise guides you through what it takes to fulfil your obligations to the club, your fellow members, but primarily: to yourself. Why not have a read of the promise, and use it to help you get the most benefit from your Toastmasters membership.