Category Archives: Communication

Tactics for Tackling Table Topics

Table Topics — the impromptu speaking segment of club meetings, can be the most daunting part of the Toastmasters experience, and it can also be the most exhilarating! The key is how you set the table. This article gives you strategies and suggestions for mastering extemporaneous speaking, in clubs, contests and in life!

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When You’re the Topicsmaster…

Creative tips for when you’re next the Topicsmaster of your club’s Table Topics segment. These ideas should spur you on to develop your own creative topic ideas.

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What do you do? (Tag Lines Tell the Tale!)

In Western society the second most asked question after “what’s your name?” is “What do you do?” Your tag line can not only answer that question, but set you apart from the crowd, showcase your uniqueness and spirit, and position you for success. Make your tag line memorable, magical and meaningful. Read examples to inspire you here!

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Mackay’s Life Lessons Help People Worldwide Sell Their Ideas! — Craig’s Harvey Mackay Interview

In this far-reaching interview, sales guru Harvey Mackay holds court on sales, leadership, networking, volunteerism. goal setting, attitude, the power of coaches, the importance of Toastmasters and preparing to win.

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TED Talks…And the World Listens!

TED Talks …and the World Listens
Where the power of the story meets the power of the big idea. Learn about the application of communication and leadership skills by Ted Talkers to change the world, 18-minutes at a time!

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Two Minute Tales: Using Table Topics To Sharpen Your Storytelling Skills

Use Table Topics to become a two-minute storyteller. It’s easy and fun. You can tell a variety of tales in the 1-2 minute time frame. Tap your past for topic and story ideas.

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Be A Creative Topic-Master: Induce Creativity in Table Topics!

Enjoy a Baker’s dozen tips for creative Table Topics when you’re in charge. Induce creativity, up the fun quotient and celebrate the fanciful with these novel and new approaches to the age-old practice of extemporaneous speaking.

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The Wooden Way: Interview with Coach John Wooden on Leadership and More

Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden On Leadership and Life’s Lessons
Interviewed By Craig Harrison, DTM, PDG

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Crisis Leadership – The Sully Sullenberger Interview

A 59-year-old resident of Danville, California, Sullenberger retired in March after a 30-year aviation career with US Airways. His story may soon be on the big screen: Producers have optioned the movie rights to his memoir, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. Craig Harrison, DTM, interviewed Captain Sullenberger on an array of leadership topics, including crisis communication, teamwork and the need for continual improvement, for Toastmaster magazine.

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