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June 19, 2006


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Marion Franklin

Great topic! Taking a cue from Cheryl Richardson, I started out in my living room practicing with friends who brought their friends.

Once I got going and created more topics, I realized I had a formula for putting these workshops and presentations together. There was a system that I had devised so that the presentations would flow, I never could lose my place, people were very engaged, and I would finish exactly as promised.

So - Along with Barb Elgin, we wrote the e-book: 7 Simple Secrets to Succssful Workshops ( In essence, it's a step-by-step guide to designing and delivering dynamic workshops and because it's so easily detailed, it removes many of the typical unknowns and fears. The book focuses on 3 broad topics but any topic can be inserted.

It is my belief that most people feel that 'fear' because of all the ideas and beliefs that run rampant in our minds - of which none are really true. Overcoming the mind chatter and being thoroughly prepared, presentations that engage the audience are an amazing way to get new business/new clients. They get a sense of who you are, how you are, and what you are about... and they want more!

Trudy Van Buskirk

I love to speak.

Last year I had multiple strokes, a couple of which affected my speech so I sound A little weird now. The strokes affected my speech but not my attitude or all of my past knowledge and experience.

NOW, I'm writing what I know not speaking (yet!).

I still get out to networking events twice a month and think my speaking ability and my positive attitude really helps when it comes time to stand up and introduce myself and my business.

By adding some humour everyone laughs and hears that I'm all about marketing and small business.

Keep up the wonderful work, Robert.

Lauri Rottmayer

I wholeheartedly support the idea of joining Toastmasters. It's a great environment where a new speaker can hone their skills and receive gentle and constructive criticism. I have seen some amazing success stories unfold in front of my eyes over the course of the two years I have been a member. Everyone can learn something. I have never been afraid of standing up in front of people and speaking. I could also go on and on about almost any subject for a long time. But what I learned at Toastmasters is that properly formatting your speech to fit into the time requirements you have, while more difficult, is also much more effective.

Galba Bright

I agree with your thoughts on public speaking. My enjoyment has increased greatly since I took it more seriously by preparing rigorously, eg practicing with a tape recorder, reviewing and revising.

I also find it useful to identify the 2 or 3 key messages that I would convey if I had only 5 minutes, rather than the usual 30.

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey

Amen to this concept. I got my start in the speaking business while doing 'how to design your kitchen' seminars which were very productive in gaining exposure and new customers. That lead to other opportunities to share my ideas and eventually moving into different topics such as time management, creativity and leadership.

I have had the privilege of being an executive speech coach now for about 5 years in addition to my own speaking and training. What you outlined is very similar to what I teach my executives in our coaching sessions.

If you want to build your business and increase your ability to market and promote your services or products this is one of the most cost effective I know. Make the commitment, create the concept and capture the attention of your audience.

As a long time Toastmaster (I joined in 1991) I can attest to this organization's ability to help kick start your skills. I've been involved in NSA and CAPS (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers) for the last decade and have found them to be extremely value added as well.

Thanks for sharing.

Bob 'Idea Man' Hooey, DTM, A/S

Mike The Internet Guy

here, here,

I have found that the booking is truly where the rubber hits the road. If if anything it sets a deadline for you to meet and helps with the motivation of not looking like a fool

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