Toastmasters’ New Venture in Online Education

Toastmasters’ New Venture in Online Education

I’m a long-time fan of Toastmasters and the work it does worldwide to promote public speaking and leadership.  And it’s been a while since I talked about the group.  A recent announcement caught my eye – Toastmasters was launching something called Pathways.  I had to know – what was it?  How was Toastmasters changing?  And […]

More Fear of Public Speaking

More Fear of Public Speaking

The fear of public speaking is real and lodges somewhere on a scale of annoying-to-debilitating for most people.  I’ve posted many times on various ways to help with those jitters.  The best way is rehearsal, because if you’re confident and you’ve practiced many times, then whatever level of fear you have will be more manageable.  […]

The Problem with Online Feedback, Part 2

The Problem with Online Feedback, Part 2

Last time I talked about the differences between explicit and implicit feedback, how implicit feedback is missing from the virtual world, and the resulting difficulties with feedback online. Lacking the unconscious stream of emotional information that we receive automatically from other people face-to-face, online communication and feedback are much less robust, much less compelling, and […]

Coping with the Stress of Public Speaking

Coping with the Stress of Public Speaking

It’s no secret that public speaking is stressful for most people.  Helping people cope with that stress is something I spend a good deal of my professional life working on, through blog posts, books, speaking, and one-on-one coaching. In Power Cues, I talk about the importance of self-talk, self-training, visualization, and other such forms of […]

How to Give a Virtual Introdution

How to Give a Virtual Introdution

Last week, I updated a post from 2011 that has been perennially popular, on giving an in-person introduction for a speaker.  But today, your introduction of someone else may just as likely be online, for a webinar or a video conference or something similar.  Does the virtual medium affect the rules of introducing someone?  How […]

How to Connect with an Audience Fast

How to Connect with an Audience Fast

Speakers, like executives, salespeople, managers, trainers, consultants, advisors, engineers – the whole information society, in fact – are terribly afraid of losing the attention that audiences seem to be increasingly unwilling to give them these days, and certainly not for long.  Whether large or small, audiences are now objects of great fear for anyone who […]