Building Blocks

Putting one block on top of another is a skill you learned before you could walk.  Putting one block on top of another, so simple a child can do it, nearly any child.  Can you still do that?  If so, you can be a world-class public speaker. Becoming a more effective...

Impromptu Speaking

“Oh, crap!  He’s looking at me.  He’s going to ask me the next question.  Now what do I do?” I’m glad you asked.  You take full advantage of the impending impromptu speaking opportunity by being prepared, practicing impromptu speaking skills, and remembering the big...

Introducing a Speaker

Sooner or later it will happen to you.  There you are, minding your own business, when someone calls or stops by to ask you a little favor, “Hey, it’s no big deal, but would you be willing to introduce the guest speaker for Thursday’s...

No, It Is Not!

Let’s have a chat about things that are not what our language tells us they are: beasties, and birdies, and fishies, and other thingies that our language lies to us about. Beasties: The koala bear’s not really a bear. And the English hare is nary a hare. The English...

Say It with Style

“Our goal is to grow the company.  We will grow the company by selling more policies.  Growing the company is what we need to do.  Your job is to help us grow the company.”  [ YAWN ] How many times have you sat through that boring presentation?  Even once...

The First Blog

Why write the first blog?  Of anything? To show the way…. Hi, I’m Kathy Donavan, Club Growth Director for District 40 of Toastmasters International.  “What is District 40”, you ask? That’s easy.  We are a group of individuals from Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and...

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