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Send in Your Speaking Questions: 12 Days of Ask Six Minutes

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The 12 Days of Ask Six Minutes

  1. How Many Slides Should You Have? How Many Slides Do You Need?
  2. How to Stop Saying Um, Uh, and Other Filler Words
  3. How to Dress for Public Speaking
  4. When is the Best Time to Distribute Handouts?
  5. How to Make Reading a Speech Not Like Reading a Speech
  6. How to Weave Statistics Into Your Speech
  7. 9 Do’s and Taboos to Eat, Drink, and Speak
  8. 3 Common Ways Speakers Sabotage Themselves
  9. How to Thrive When Speaking Outside
  10. Why You Must Relish Every Opportunity to Speak
  11. How to Ace the Short, Impromptu Speech
  12. Bookending Your Speech: A Master Technique

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  1. christopher says:

    What is the secret of telling a good ghost story?

  2. How should a speechwriter mark up copy so that the speaker will deliver the message with emphasis and pauses in the right places? You as a writer think it’s obvious, but that’s not always the case.

  3. Laura says:

    I have two questions:
    1. How do I master the art of timing when telling a joke?
    2. What are the basics of telling a good story?

  4. Kyle Word says:

    What observable characteristics separate a competent speaker from a great speaker? Most of the important characteristics — attitude, caring about the audience, knowing your topic — are unobservable. But as I watch a speaker, what’s the difference?

  5. Natalie says:

    Would you give any tips and coping techniques for non-native speakers to speak and present in English?

  6. Mark West says:

    What are some little known techniques to add humor to your speech. This is the hardest aspect of writing a speech for me and several Toastmasters friends.


  7. Robin Hutchins says:

    I teach a college speech class. The most common struggle my students have is the use of filler words such as um and uh. Do you have a strategy that helps to omit filler words?

  8. For an impromptu speech say like toastmasters tabletopics does one go prepared.
    are there any books for imprompt speeches

  9. Juan Amorocho says:

    Yeah, what about when you don’t present in your mother tongue? What’s to consider/avoid?

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