Communication Skills/public speaking

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I know people quit when they are almost there i am self concious and want to be agreat speaker should i just joina toastmasters or just practice i want to be successful in this endeavor

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Hello Nes,

I joined a Toastmasters group a number of years ago.  I was already a paid speaker, and had spent 4 years on cruise ships giving lectures.  The advantage of joining a group, however, is the feedback that you get in the evaluations.

No matter how many times you speak, the feedback you get lets you know if you are hitting your mark and getting your message out.  Too many speakers believe that they are good, without any proof in the pudding.

Another advantage of a Toastmasters group is the practice that you get talking 'off the cuff'. That is, being asked to give a mini 1-2 minute talk on something that someone asks you on the spot.  This practice is essential for a speaker to be able to learn to think on the go.

The last bit of advice I would give you, Nes, is to remember that in order to be a good speaker you also have to be a good writer.  Unless you are paying someone else to write your material, (not a great alternative), you need to have a lot of words in your speaker's toolbox.  Knowing the difference between a metaphor and a simile, for example, and when to use them will make a  difference between mediocrity and greatness.

Start doing crosswords to increase your vocabulary and your synonyms. Try not to use banal words, or colloquialisms.  Remember; a speaker must inspire, entertain, motivate, or inform. Sometimes they do all of the above.

Good luck, Nes, and I hope that this was helpful.  Please remember to give an honest appraisal.

Phil L. Méthot

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For individuals wanting help with public speaking, I can answer most questions dealing with skills, memory,and body language. Essentially the tools required to become a great speaker. For individuals having trouble communicating one on one, or getting their voice heard, or their message across, I can help you with that too. Listening is an important part of communication, so we can work on improving your listening skills as well. If you feel you are not being understood, that is a deeper issue, but we can start here to steer you in the right direction

Experience

I have successfully worked with corporations as a motivational management consultant across Canada. I have twice been President of a Toastmasters group, as an Advanced Toastmaster Gold. I wrote the multimedia ebook: "10 Steps to Becoming A Great Public Speaker." My book "Through the Door!" :A Journey to the Self, dealt with self-image and Will Power. Self Image plays a key role in our ability to communicate and listen effectively.

Organizations
Toastmasters - Currently President of Pointe-Claire Toastmasters (club 9750)

Publications
Book: "Through the Door!" :A Journey to the Self by Phil L. Méthot Book: The Weight is Over - A revolution in Thin Thinking by Phil L. Méthot Multimedia Book: 10 Steps to Becoming A Great Public speaker by Phil L. Méthot Articles in SelfGrowth.com, http://www.uncommonforum.com/

Education/Credentials
Canadian Training and Development Group, success Motivation International

Awards and Honors
Three times recipient of the Presidents club award through the Canadian Training and Development Group and Success Motivation International.

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