Category Archives: Speaking Tips

What is your speech objective?

‘What is your speech objective?’ asked Trevor Hatib as scribbled his written evaluation in my manual. I had just delivered a speech at my club – Leeds City Toastmasters and was discussing it with my evaluator Trevor. I reflected on his question. I replied, ‘I wanted to educate the audience.’ He stopped writing and looked… Read More »

Look Ma – No notes!

I attended the information meeting at Cummins Toastmasters – Huddersfield yesterday. It was a brilliant meeting with 28 guests attending and 14 expressing interest in joining Cummins Toastmasters. One aspect of yesterday’s meeting, which amazed me, was Jane Craggs conducting the Table topics session – without notes. Usually when I’m the Table Topics master, I… Read More »

How to grab the listeners attention?

“Start from the middle,” said my creative writing coach. I was surprised. Not just surprised; I was stumped. Throughout my life I was taught that you always start from the beginning and then move to the middle and finally end. How can one start from the middle? I was now confused. I guess, you the… Read More »

Dramatic way to improve as a Speaker

“There is one way to dramatically improve as a Speaker,” said Michael J Clarke as we met up after the Leeds City Toastmasters Thursday meeting at Crowne Plaza. I nodded my head, I wanted to know more. There were other members talking to each other and I had cornered Michael asking for tips to improve… Read More »

How can Toastmasters evaluations help me in my daily life?

“Dinesh, how can Toastmasters evaluations help me in my daily life?” asked John as I was explaining the concept of evaluations within Toastmasters. It was a very good question. “Good question John. I am glad that you are clarifying this before thinking further about Toastmasters.” I said before elaborating. “Evaluations are the heart of Toastmasters.… Read More »