Three reasons I'm not a Toastmaster


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There are better ways to improve your business presentation skills than joining Toastmasters. Find out why in this slideshow!

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  • If you want to sell yourself as a Corporate Presentation Trainer, you should do it in a more constructive way. You are oversimplifying Toastmaster's Educational Program.Your presentation is completely wrong,
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  • Pardon me if others have already pointed these things out in regards to this slideshow, but there are a few things that I noticed. The author of the piece points out that Toastmasters spends a lot of time on the structure of a speech (ums, pauses, gestures, body language, etc.) as if that's a bad thing. Why not learn the ABCs before you read? I find that a speaker who's "real" (that is, someone who fidgets and ums a lot) is distracting and often lacking in credibility. I like a little polish which shows me that the person is prepared, whatever the audience. There are Advanced clubs - as several have noted - that cater to different interests, including those of the professional speaker/presenter. There are clubs in Las Vegas, for instance, that focus on presentations, debates, advanced skills, etc., and some are only open to those with advanced certifications. The author may feel a little put upon by the Toastmasters here, but let's face it, those of us who have been involved for some years at all levels probably know more than she does who by her own admission has never been a member. I am a trainer and a presenter and I learned many of my skills through Toastmasters. So, yeah. They do that well, too, if anyone cares to learn.
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  • @Northeast State Community College That's an interesting conclusion, but I'm afraid I have to disagree. While some Toastmasters took offense at this slideshow (other members appreciated the challenge to think differently), I'm dedicated to helping people present better. You might take a look at my other work before making this kind of judgement. And, you might even think about contributing by submitting your own slideshow!
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  • This is amazing in a very sad way. You spend 90% of your time bashing the Toastmasters organizations and Toastmasters Members.
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  • As has already been said, your description of Toastmasters is off-base. I also believe it's never in good form to attempt to lift one's profile up at the expense of another profile, whether it's a person or a business. The fact that you attempt to align yourself with Toastmasters in such a manner does little to place your personal brand in a positive light.
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Three reasons I'm not a Toastmaster

  1. 1. REASONS I’M NOT A TOASTMASTERJeanne Trojan @jmtcz
  2. 2. I’m a presentationtrainer and coach.
  3. 3. I help my clients create and deliver outstanding business presentations.
  4. 4. So, I’m often asked…
  5. 5. Why aren’t you aToastmaster?
  6. 6. BecauseToastmasters isn’t about businesspresentations.
  7. 7. There are threereasons I believe this.
  8. 8. Toastmasters is about makingspeeches NOT presentations.
  9. 9. What’s the difference?
  10. 10. A speech is aform of one-waycommunication.
  11. 11. The speaker is sharing theirknowledge with the audience.
  12. 12. It really doesn’t matter who the audience is.
  13. 13. You can give the same speech to a variety of audiences and you don’t have to change a thing.
  14. 14. Businesspresentationsare preparedfor a specific audience.
  15. 15. The content isbased on the needs and expectations of each audience.
  16. 16. Speeches focus on theperformance of the speaker.
  17. 17. Presentations focus oncommunicating a message & getting results.
  18. 18. Toastmasters places too little emphasis on the content of a speech.
  19. 19. Stance Eye contact Hands Gestures DictionVoice speed/volume Opening/Closing StructureToastmaster evaluation topics
  20. 20. What about the message?
  21. 21. Every time I sit next to a Toastmaster at apresentation, theysay the same thing.
  22. 22. ‘Did you know that the speaker said ‘um’ 37 times?!’
  23. 23. Umm… No, I didn’t notice because I was focusing on the speaker’s message.
  24. 24. Watch Sir Ken Robinson on Ted. He says‘um’ a lot and doesn’t have perfect body language, but his message is incredible!
  25. 25. I happen tolike watching real peoplespeaking and acting naturally.
  26. 26. Toastmasters are too nice.
  27. 27. ‘… there should be no use of the “C” word – Toastmaster evaluators do not criticize – ever!’They are not allowed to criticize.
  28. 28. I don’t think this is helpful when you need realfeedback to improve quickly.
  29. 29. An honest evaluation is not always easy to hear, but in business presentation feedback, flattery is not the goal.
  30. 30. Your organization’s image and success might dependon that presentation.
  31. 31. There are a lot of ways to improve your presentation skills. Coaching Feedback
  32. 32. AlthoughToastmasters is a greatorganization fora lot of reasons.
  33. 33. Improving businesspresentation skills is NOT one of them.
  34. 34. Start improving yourpresentations today and…
  35. 35. be outstanding!
  36. 36. Disclaimer: This slideshow is not meant as a criticism of Toastmasters as an organization. I think it is a great way for people to lose their fear of public speaking, to join a community oflike-minded individuals or even to improve their English speaking skills.
  37. 37. Jeanne Trojan @jmtcz
  38. 38. Photo Credits 1. Flickr Y3llow Craig A Rodway2. Flickr Regulatory Policy Reform Crossroads Conference OECD 3. Flickr Iron sharpens iron Jeremy Wilburn 4. Flickr TM Humorous & TT Dublin 2010 0106 5. Flickr 1 Duncan 6. Flickr IMG 2377 Shihian 7. Flickr Red Dot Randy Gardiner Export Conference 8. Flickr After the show Andrejii Stashko 9. Flickr empty seats dasmart 10 & 11. Flickr Keynote audience Alex Dunne 12. Toastmaster website 13. Flickr DIBI drbparsons 14. Flickr two iammikeb 15. Flickr presenter Gina Nevin jimk 9999 16. Flickr Trophies and flag Bill Wards Brickpile 17. Flickr IGNITE Phoenix 5 sheiladeeisme 18. Flickr Taking notes at GAAC summit 2009 somma 1977 19. Flickr keynote audience Alex Dunne 20. Ken Robinson Washington Speakers Bureau 21. Flickr Dave McClure Scott Beale Laughing Squid 22. Flickr Number 3 Leo Reynolds 23. Flickr Meridian Speakers Contest Julie70 24. Toastmasters magazine 25. Flickr Streeter Seidell comedian Zach Klein 26. Flickr Blake Mycoskie aewang 27. Flickr Trophies Bill Wards Brickpile 28. Toastmasters 29. Flickr Blogworld 2010 thekenyeung
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