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ACB award designation: Max Silin!

Happy to announce that Max Silin is right on track, ACB achievement unlocked! All the best and keep it up!

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PRESIDENT Distinguished Club 2015-2016!

The sensationally important piece of news - for the first time in the history of Toastbusters club we managed to achieve 8 goals out of 10 in the Distinguished Club Program/Club Success Plan!

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ALS award designation: Max Silin!

For this year Max set a goal: to reach his final point in the Toastmasters‬ Leadership track - and this June he successfully did it, officially getting his ALS award! :)

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Toastbusters Elections 2016

Our meeting 106, on June 15, turned out to be soooo remarkable, soooo historical and soooo memorable! WHY? Because we have held the elections! Interested in the results? :)

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CC award designation: Max Luchinin!

Moscow Toastbusters Club is happy to announce that Max Luchinin has achieved the Competent Communicator designation! In addition to CL, by the way :)

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Two charming ACSs in Toastbusters!

Valeria Kholodkova and Nina Tsygankova were awarded with the Advanced Communicator Silver awards under a round of applause and warm smiles of our guests at the previous meeting ot Toastbusters! :)

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10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes

10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes

Top executives often fall flat on their faces as speakers. 

How come intelligent, business-savvy people end up boring their audiences? They fail to recognize that public speaking is an acquired skill that improves with practice and honest feedback. Speaking for 20 minutes before the right group of people can do more for your career than spending a year behind a desk! 

Rob Sherman, an attorney and public speaker in Columbus, Ohio, says in an article in the Toastmaster magazine to avoid these mistakes: 

  • Starting with a whimper. Don’t start with “Thank you for that kind introduction.” Start with a bang! Give the audience a startling statistic, an interesting quote, a news headline – something powerful that will get their attention immediately.
  • Attempting to imitate other speakers. Authenticity is lost when you aren’t yourself.
  • Failing to “work” the room. Your audience wants to meet you. If you don’t take time to mingle before the presentation, you lose an opportunity to enhance your credibility with your listeners.
  • Failing to use relaxation techniques. Do whatever it takes – listening to music, breathing deeply, shrugging your shoulders – to relieve nervous tension.
  • Reading a speech word for word. This will put the audience to sleep. Instead use a “keyword” outline: Look at the keyword to prompt your thoughts. Look into the eyes of the audience, then speak.
  • Using someone else’s stories. It’s okay to use brief quotes from other sources, but to connect with the audience, you must illustrate your most profound thoughts from your own life experiences. If you think you don’t have any interesting stories to tell, you are not looking hard enough.
  • Speaking without passion. The more passionate you are about your topic, the more likely your audience will act on your suggestions.
  • Ending a speech with questions and answers. Instead, tell the audience that you will take questions and then say, “We will move to our closing point.” After the Q and A, tell a story that ties in with your main theme, or summarize your key points. Conclude with a quote or call to action.
  • Failing to prepare. Your reputation is at stake every time you face an audience – so rehearse well enough to ensure you’ll leave a good impression!
  • Failing to recognize that speaking is an acquired skill. Effective executives learn how to present in the same way they learn to use other tools to operate their businesses.

Want to learn more about public speaking? Visit Toastbusters meeting!