VIDEO: When to use humour in business presentations

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

 

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VIDEO: Why Darren Lacroix joined Toastmasters

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Even though he is the 2001 International Speech Champion, a successful speaker and stand up comedian, Darren is still a paid up member of his Toastmasters club. 

Video: Develop Your Humour Skills

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

Here is a short video (2 mins) from Darren Lacroix about connecting and developing you  humour skills.

Darren talks about Dale Carnegie who, when was asked about the difference between a good and a great speech, said “100 speeches”.

You don’t have to wait that long. You can accelerate your speaking by entering a Toastmasters contest and there is still time to enter the club contests (Humorous Speech and Table Topics) that are taking place this Thursday.

Even if you don’t think you will win, I guarantee that taking part in a contest will take your speaking skills to a new level.

If you can have a humorous speech ready by Thursday evening or you ‘feel the fear’ of doing a Table Topic but  will ‘do it anyway’ , contact the club’s VPE Stephen Dix at stephendix@blueyonder.co.uk and sign up for the contest.

It really is not about winning but about taking part. On the other hand, you can deliver 100 speeches.

 

Video: You Can Be Funny!

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

With the Humorous Speech Contest on Thursday 6th September in mind, or even if you just want to improve your humorous speaking skills, here is a short (3:58) video from the 2001 Toastmasters World Champion of  Public Speaking, Darren Lacroix.

In the video, Darren talks about his first experience of standup, how he ‘bombed’, what he learned from the experience and how he used it to become a successful speaker and comedian. It’s also very funny.

Video – Moving And Speaking

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM, Vice President Public Relations

To Move or Not To Move, That Is The Question

Darren La Croix was the winner of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in 2001.  I have listened to many of  his videos and also have some of  his material. 

He explains things in a clear, simple way and he’s funny.  He also makes his video tips short and succinct.

Here is one of Darren’s videos that dropped into my email Inbox a few days ago.

It’s one of the best explanations I have seen of when to move, how to move and how to elegantly  transition from one point to another. 

He also illustrates his points with clips from his winning speech – all this in 4 mins. 22 secs.

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