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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  • You're so wrong... I wasted my time looking @ your slides.
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  • Wow, your presentation tells me two things. 1) You know little about Toastmasters because many of your assumptions are dead wrong. Points 1 and 3 are almost completely wrong. And 2) your visuals presentation creation skills need work and that is exactly what we do at our Toastmasters club. It sounds to me that you may have gone to a meeting or two or read something online about Toastmasters. Even if you were a member for some time, from your view points I highly doubt you visited a variety of clubs. Toastmasters and professional business presentation coaches can coexist because they both provide a difference perspective. I have been to many “professional” business presentations during my 2 careers spanning 30 years and most were dreadful because the presenters were never trained. The best one I went to was by our CEO who used the overhead projector (this was 25 years ago) to do a puppet show. It was ingenious and the exact sort of thing Toastmasters helps bring out in people. So here is some “Toastmasters criticism” for you -- Get your facts right and update your slide creation skills to make more impact. Both make your presentation look amateurish and weak. Stop using stock fonts on a white background. Presenters do not improve skills by only hiring a business presentation coach, they improve by reading, practicing, speaking in front of a variety of audiences, being creative, taking risks by trying new methods, thinking outside the usual business box. Toastmasters can help with all of theses.
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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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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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