Speaking Tips

Deconstructing The 2014 World Championship Speech

Written October 12th, 2014
Categories: Public Speaking, Speaking Tips, Toastmasters International

dananjaya hettiarachchiDananjaya Hettiarachchi, of Sri Lanka, is the 2014 World Championship of Public Speaking. Mr. Hettiarachchi was crowned champ at the recent international Toastmasters conference, which was held in Kuala Lampur. The speech was titled “I See Something,” and he shared how the various people in his past inspired him to achieve more in life. In this article The Best Speaker in the World; Deconstruction of a Champion’s Presentation you can view a video of the speech after which the author highlights four aspects of the speech and why they are effective. One more thing to note is how Hettiarachchi uses the circle back technique to close his talk. He opens the speech with the flower and then circles back to the flower at the end to provide closure. 

How to Add Humor to Your Speeches

Written July 27th, 2014
Categories: Public Speaking, Speaking Tips, Speech Contest

laughterIn September, our club will be having our Humorous Speech and Table Talks contests. Humor is a an important part of public speaking. If the audience is laughing, or at least mildly amused, they are on your side. A happy audience is a receptive audience. There are different writing techniques for adding humor to your speeches. This article, 10 Ways Academics Say Comedians Make Us Laugh, is a good start at understanding what will make an audience laugh.


The Importance of Nonverbal Communication

Written July 14th, 2014
Categories: Public Speaking, Speaking Tips

Speech No. 5 from the Competent Communicator manual is titled “Your Body Speaks.” The emphasis of the project is to use your nonverbal communication to effectively support your spoken words. Click on the picture to view an infographic with tips on nonverbal communication. The graphic was prepared by Ethos3.com.

nonverbal communication

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