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The Art of Speaking

Keep your audience off their phones?

Keep your audience off their phones?

Apr 29, 2024 / 11:00 am

I want you to imagine this scenario—you step on stage, begin speaking and halfway through your presentation, you notice the entire audience is looking...

When speaking in public, hook your audience from the start

When speaking in public, hook your audience from the start

Apr 1, 2024 / 11:00 am

I have less than eight seconds to capture your attention with this month’s column. In fact, you’re probably already considering clicking away from...

Tips from a world champion public speaker

Tips from a world champion public speaker

Mar 4, 2024 / 11:00 am

Growing up, Mohammed Qahtani rarely spoke. His reluctance to communicate stemmed from a traumatizing experience he had in Grade 1. Mohammed’s teacher...

Moderate a panel like a pro

Moderate a panel like a pro

Feb 5, 2024 / 11:00 am

If you have ever been asked to moderate a panel, give yourself a pat on the back. That’s a huge honour. You were likely chosen because you are an...

The future of public speaking 

The future of public speaking 

Jan 8, 2024 / 11:00 am

I recently attended a Toastmasters meeting at my local club (Kelowna AM Toastmasters) and I was pleasantly surprised to see a former member walk through the...

Even public speaking professionals get nervous

Even public speaking professionals get nervous

Dec 11, 2023 / 11:00 am

Do professional speakers get nervous before they take the stage? “Always,” said keynote speaker Giselle Ugarte. “I usually have a time when I...

Busting myths about public speaking

Busting myths about public speaking

Nov 13, 2023 / 11:00 am

We’ve all heard various pieces of advice about public speaking, but how many of these tips and tricks are actually myths? This month, I will debunk four...

Public speaking tips for introverts

Public speaking tips for introverts

Oct 16, 2023 / 11:00 am

I consider myself to be an introverted person. That may seem odd considering my YouTube channel and monthly Castanet column is dedicated to encouraging people...

Get over your fear of recording video content

Get over your fear of recording video content

Sep 18, 2023 / 11:00 am

Let’s pretend you need to change the battery in your vehicle, but you’ve never done it before and you’re not exactly mechanically inclined....

Five ways to create a persuasive speech?

Five ways to create a persuasive speech?

Aug 21, 2023 / 11:00 am

The term “persuasion” can sometimes have a negative connotation. But persuading somebody to do something we truly believe in isn’t a bad...

Answering a Toastmasters Table Topics question

Answering a Toastmasters Table Topics question

Jul 24, 2023 / 11:00 am

“What is a hormone that has given you challenges recently?” Imagine being asked that question and then, within seconds, a room full of people begin...

Mastering the five essentials of public speaking

Mastering the five essentials of public speaking

Jun 26, 2023 / 11:00 am

Over the past decade, I’ve worked hard to improve my public speaking skills. Throughout that time, I’ve observed there are five essential categories...

Handling difficult audience questions?

Handling difficult audience questions?

May 29, 2023 / 11:00 am

One of the most difficult aspects of public speaking is handling questions that may come from your audience after you’ve delivered your presentation. For...

How to keep your audience engaged

How to keep your audience engaged

May 1, 2023 / 11:00 am

People’s attention spans seem to keep getting shorter and shorter. In fact, you are probably already debating whether you’re going to continue...

Self-deprecation and humour are powerful talking tools

Self-deprecation and humour are powerful talking tools

Apr 3, 2023 / 11:00 am

What’s your most embarrassing story? While many people cringe at the thought of reliving an embarrassing moment, what I’ve come to realize is that...

Real life skills you gain from Toastmasters?

Real life skills you gain from Toastmasters?

Mar 6, 2023 / 11:00 am

Within a typical Toastmasters meeting, there are a number of different roles that club members can sign up for. A few examples are: Toastmaster, Humourist,...

Can ChatGPT make you a better communicator?

Can ChatGPT make you a better communicator?

Feb 6, 2023 / 11:00 am

A few months ago, Open AI released a tool called ChatGPT, which leverages artificial intelligence to answer questions and perform tasks based on prompts it...

What to do 24 hours before giving a speech

What to do 24 hours before giving a speech

Jan 9, 2023 / 11:00 am

There are a few things you can do 24 hours before delivering a speech that will maximize your chances of finding success and communicating effectively. Before I...

How to give a toast at a holiday party?

How to give a toast at a holiday party?

Dec 12, 2022 / 11:00 am

With the holiday season coming up, there will likely be opportunities to say a few special words to commemorate gatherings of family members and friends....

Eliminate 'umms' and 'ahhs' from your speeches

Eliminate 'umms' and 'ahhs' from your speeches

Nov 14, 2022 / 11:00 am

Have you ever watched a recording of yourself speaking and discovered you say “uhh” or “umm” constantly? Don’t worry, you’re...

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