Friday, January 31, 2014
Today is the last day to get the early-bird discount for the Spectacular Speaking event in Warsaw. This is quite an opportunity that should not be missed!
In my time as a Toastmaster, I've found that the number one fear of people, repeatedly confirmed by survey after survey, is the fear of public speaking. What this fear really means is not that people will somehow be mortally wounded by a podium or microphone, but that they're afraid that they'll be publicly embarrassed. Then this fear goes off the irrational deep-end and peoples' subconscious comes up with all kinds of reasons why you'll fail and all kinds of consequences of how this will doom you forever. Toastmasters can really help people to overcome this fear and to use the nervousness that they feel prior to speaking, to their advantage.
Spectacular Speaking holds workshops where people can learn from incredible speakers and get the chance to put those tips into action. If you're already a good speaker, attending a Spectacular Speaking event can super charge your public speaking and presentation abilities. You'll learn about how to structure a solid presentation, how to develop and deliver a compelling story, how to use the stage effectively, how to craft convincing arguments and influential strategies, how to find your unique voice, and more. Imagine being able to use these things when you're speaking in front of clients, your boss, your team, and in so many situations this will help you to succeed.
I've only been a Toastmaster since June 2011, but I've already gotten so much out of the it. I've met some truly wonderful and remarkable people, including 3 of the speakers that will be at the Warsaw event. I watched Florian host one of the International Speech Competition contests at the District 59 Spring Conference and was really impressed with the presence he had and I've heard a few Toastmasters talk about what a good speaker he is. I had heard about Olivia Schofield's experience in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking finals and how she had dazzled the crowd there, I was excited to be able to meet her and to actually be able to talk to her at the District 59 Spring Conference. I've had the privilege of taking part in a workshop that John Zimmer did at the District 59 Fall Conference and I got to see him win the International Speech Contest at District 59 Spring Conference. Some of my Toastmaster friends had told me that John was a great speaker, but I was blown away when I saw him. I've heard great things about the other 3 speakers, but I'm looking forward to seeing all of them in action in Warsaw on March 14th and 15th.
Another thing that I find exciting about the Spectacular Speaking event in Warsaw, is the value. America has had conferences like this for a long time in places like Las Vegas or Los Angeles, but here in Europe we have the chance to learn from these 6 Spectacular Speakers and we don't have to travel all the way to America do it, we only need to get to Warsaw! I've heard a past winner of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking tell the audience how he commands a five figure speaking fee when he does corporate events. The normal, non-discounted price to attend a Spectacular Speaking event is not anywhere near that expensive!
If you act today (January 31, 2014) you can still take advantage of the January Early-bird pricing. This means that you'll be able to take 15% off the already reasonably priced event costs. Be sure to check out the Spectacular Speaking website for more details. I'm looking forward to the Spectacular Speaking event in Warsaw, I hope that I'll see you there.
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Friday, January 17, 2014
You may be surprised that public speaking continually shows up as the number one fear of people when they're surveyed, yes, even more than snakes or death. Maybe you don't have a fear of public speaking but want to bring your speaking and presentation skills to the next level, then, we have the event for you. Spectacular Speaking is holding a two day event in Warsaw, Poland on March 14th and 15th.
Olivia Schofield won the coveted prize of top woman speaker at The World Championship of Public Speaking, founded Spectacular Speaking. She will be joined by John Zimmer, who is a 5 time European Champion of Public Speaking; Florian Mueck, charismatic speaker extraordinarie, delivering keynote speeches and moderating events in English, Spanish, and German; Peter Zinn, who did 7 years of improvisational theater before turning to public speaking, he uses storytelling to get complex messages across; Tobias Rodriguez, who is a communication and conflict resolution specialist; and Jerzy Zientokowski, the founder of Speakers Lair, offering training and workshops in Poland. These six dynamic speakers will work with you to bring your public speaking into the stratosphere.
You will come away with concrete tips on:
- The proper way to prepare a speech or presentation
- The structure of a solid presentation
- Techniques for crafting and delivering a compelling story
- Designing an engaging slide presentation
- Using the stage effectively
- Finding your unique voice
- Creating convincing arguments and influential strategies
- And more!
On the first day you'll learn the triggers for successful public speaking, getting tips from the experts. On the second day you'll get to put the theory into practice.
This is a rare opportunity to learn public speaking tips from the best and to actually get to use them. Get more details at the Spectacular Speaking website. I hope to see you in Warsaw on March 14th and 15th.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
The Theme of Blog Action Day for 2013 it Human Rights. What a wonderful theme. In our day to day lives it is easy to develope a tunnel vision and over look a topic such as this. I've participated in Blog Action Day since the first one back in 2007 and I'm excited about participating again this year.
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed". This comes from the American Declaration of Independence and many Americans and people around the world will be familar with the concept of Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. As Americans this is the baseline for Human Rights, meaning this is the minimum of Human Rights that all of us can expect. As a people, the human race on our planet is failing on even this baseline of Human Rights, but we can also aspire to lift ourselves up and to improve our conditions!
What are Human Rights? The video does a nice job of explaining the idea of Human Rights "From the start of our lives there are certain things that our governments must do to help us reach out potential...These expectations and claims we have of our government are called human rights." These include (but aren't limited to):
Respect- avoid putting limits on what people can do
Protect- safeguard a person from abuse
Fullfill- to provide basic conditions to allow a person to achieve their potential
Different Views on Human Rights
As people we often tend to believe (and assume) that everyone else shares our beliefs and views and it is often inferred that when other people don't share our same beliefs and views that they're somehow weird or inferior to us. There are genuine differences in culture, religion, and other factors that lead to our differences in beliefs and views and wherever and whenever possible these should be respected. These differences can and often have led to difficulty in agreeing on what Human Rights are and should be.
We Can Agree
When we think about our children, our grandkids, our brothers, our sisters, and children growing up in all parts of the world, most of us can agree that we want the best for them and the conditions that they grow under will be nurturing and supportive for their development. everyoneerent Because someone doesn't share our same belief and view on religion, this should not be held against them.
Not Us Verses Them
Human Rights are not a Right or Left thing. They are not a Liberal or Conservative thing. They are not a this religion or that religion thing or even a religion thing. Human Rights are something that all of us have because we're human.
What Can I Do
The Blog Action Day Team has assembled a great playlist on YouTube highlighting some of the issues related to Human Rights. I'm sure you'll find something there that peaks your interest and something that you can promote. I highly recommend reading The Universal Declaration of Human Rights from the UN. Bog Action Day has set up a profile on Pinterest. I've set up a board for Blog Action Day and Blog Action Day 2013 (feel free to repin and create your own boards). They're on Twitter, Facebook,Tumblr, Google+, and YouTube. You can look at the video below and participate in this year's activities. Remeber that Blog Action Day is on October 16, 2013 this year.
I want to see a better world for my daughters, for all the children of the world. I want to see a world where they're limited only by their own imagination, motivation, and desires. I want to see a world where we help each other to make our dreams come true and to reach out true potential.