Storytelling and Photography

There’s a story in Toastmasters Magazine about Storytelling and Photography. Today I visited Toastcrackers Toastmasters Club in Kyiv, Ukraine. For their Warm-Up Exercise, they asked everyone to share a photo, and share the story of that photo. I shared my Facebook profile picture, and others shared photos and we all told a story based on that photo. What a great idea. We often hear the phrase, a picture tells a thousand words–what stories can you tell with your photos?

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

The Most Important Leadership Competencies, According to Leaders Around the World

What makes an effective leader? This question is a focus of my research as an organizational scientist, executive coach, and leadership development consultant. Looking for answers, I recently completed the first round of a study of 195 leaders in 15 countries over 30 global organizations. Participants were asked to choose the 15 most important leadership competencies from a list of 74. I’ve grouped the top ones into five major themes that suggest a set of priorities for leaders and leadership development programs. While some may not surprise you, they’re all difficult to master, in part because improving them requires acting against our nature.

Sunnie Giles March 15, 2016 Harvard Business Review Home

This research about leadership competencies looks at five themes. These are often soft skills, difficult to train. Are there ways that Toastmasters can help with leadership training?

Why public speaking is VITAL to leadership

Why public speaking is VITAL to leadership

The word “leadership” brings to mind many things.

  • A political leader, who wants to convince you to support their cause.
  • An explorer, cutting a swath for you to follow her through the jungle.
  • An executive, developing his strategy to help you and your colleagues beat the competition.

What does leadership mean to you? How has public speaking helped you meet your leadership goals?

Speech Analysis #1: How to Study and Critique a Speech

Speech Analysis #1: How to Study and Critique a Speech

What is the speaker’s goal? Is it to educate, to motivate, to persuade, or to entertain?

What is the primary message being delivered?

Why is this person delivering this speech? Are they the right person?

Was the objective achieved?

Andrew Dlugan, Six Minutes Speaking and Presentation Skills

What do you do to help the speaker when you serve as an evaluator? How has an evaluator helped you?

10 Storytelling Lessons From Photography

10 Storytelling Lessons From Photography

I am a Toastmaster. I am a photographer. In other words, a storyteller. The storytelling format is much different in these two art forms; however, I have recognized that the fundamental approaches stay similar whether choosing a relevant story, crafting the story with both creative and technical skills, or creating the right impact. As a storyteller, I want to share a compelling story that can touch the hearts of my audience, inspire them, and leave them with something to ponder and act on.

Biju Arayakkeel, DTM October 2020

This article has a fascinating message about storytelling! What are your thoughts?

5 Simple Ways To Own The Room

5 Simple Ways To Own The Room

To own the room: is to command your audience’s attention, respect, and action from beginning to the end of your presentation.

It’s a great thing to accomplish, and with some training, tips, and awareness of you can do it.

In this article, you will find five simple ways you can own any room.

PETER KHOURY, Magnetic Speaking

What ways have you learned how to own any room where you are speaking? How about any Zoom?

Why Are We Scared of Public Speaking?

Why Are We Scared of Public Speaking?

While some people experience a debilitating form of glossophobia, even a mild form can have devastating effects. Fear of public speaking can prevent you from taking risks to share your ideas, to speak about your work, and to present your solutions to problems that affect many people — and as a result, it can affect how much you grow personally and professionally, and how much impact you can have.

Theo Tsaousides Ph.D.

Does your fear of public speaking hold you back? Toastmasters is an excellent place to work on those fears. We are nonjudgmental and supportive.

What’s the Point?

What’s the Point? October 2020

The first question is “What do I want my listeners to think, feel, and/or do differently when I am done?” Do you want them to change their position on an issue? Do you want them to get excited about your cause? Do you want them to take some sort of action? Be specific here.

Next, ask yourself, “What is the purpose of my presentation? Given my answer to the first question, what does that mean I have to do in my speech?”

Bill Brown, DTM, Toastmasters Magazine, October 2020