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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  • Toastmasters can help you spice up this mediocre presentation.
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  • A speaker is a speaker. Whether in a class/teaching environment, meeting, giving a eulogy or a toast at a wedding. Being able to stand confidently and speak is one of those characteristics that isn't noticed when performed correctly, but is readily apparent when not present. Toastmasters addresses many of the areas you condemn it for not having. I personally have to speak in a wide variety of situations and I know I can improve. Toastmasters provides that environment and support to make that happen. You, like all of us, are entitled to your opinion. As is often repeated just prior to an evaluation of a speech..."This is one person's opinion.". You have given yours on a vary wide medium. I only wish it was more balanced.
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  • You don't buy a drill because you NEED a drill... you need a hole! Toastmasters is a tool. I have visited almost a dozen clubs over the past few years, and they are all very different. It's too bad you didn't use you professional skills to HELP your club.
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  • I've been in toastmasters over ten years!!. Toastmasters program has advanced manuals which discusses business presentations and technical presentations. A lot depends on the club you join some of the clubs are social in nature and some clubs give great corrective feedback however it depends on the experience of the speaker. The beginner speakers most toastmasters clubs will be nice and more gentle; however the experience speaker will want more critique on their presentations. It might take a while to learn the serious clubs from the social clubs and it's true some clubs are better than others. If you look at the contests, the speech contests are storytelling contests not really your traditional speech contest. The main thing with giving any type of presentation is having an place where you can get a live audience to give your presentation and practice. I'd rather practice in front of group of toastmasters than practice in front of your customers... Obviously I can say you never been a Toastmaster with your presentation!!
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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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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.cz @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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