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Public Speaking Training Online? What Good Can Come from Practicing a Presentation Online.

I was talking recently to a college professor who is teaching public speaking in a “blended” learning environment.  I didn’t get the impression that it was his idea but portions of the class were conducted online rather than in a traditional classroom.

I must have involuntarily made a face because he said, “I know, it seems a little strange.  A public speaking class — online.  But one thing I notice is that the students, who had to record their speeches online for me to watch, …

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Common Reasons People Use Ums and Ahs in Public Speaking – And How to Avoid Them (the Ums and Ahs, Not the People) – Part 3

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, early on in Toastmasters, I was the Queen of Ums and Ahs.  I have gotten a lot better.  But even now, when the grammarian does his or her report, I still hold my breath when he/she calls my name.

The worst part about the number of ums and ahs I commonly said was that I was totally oblivious to just how many ums and ahs I was saying.  And you can bet that I had just as many ahs …

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Common Reasons People Use Ums and Ahs in Public Speaking – And How to Avoid Them (the Ums and Ahs, Not the People) – Part 2

When I was a little girl, I remember some of my Girl Scout friends and I walking through a wooded area singing the lyrics, “I can see clearly now the rain has gone.  I can see all obstacles in my way.”  And then we would (fake) slam into a tree and laugh, and laugh at how clever we were!

While we were faking being blind-sided, there are times when you honestly don’t see it coming.  You go to a meeting or event with no expectations and you’re put on the …

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Common Reasons People Use Ums and Ahs in Public Speaking – And How to Avoid Them (the Ums and Ahs, Not the People) – Part 1

If you’re not familiar with Toastmasters, it’s the world’s leading organization for helping people get better at public speaking.  One of the ways they help people is there is a particular role that a member of a Toastmasters club plays during a meeting called the “Grammarian.”

It’s the grammarian’s job to listen for people saying filler sounds, such as “um” and “ah,” while people are speaking.  The grammarian also listens for common crutch phrases such as “you know,” “I mean,” “and so I’m like,” or any other …

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Most Popular Blog Posts of 2012

With just a few days left in 2012, let’s take a look back and the most popular blogs of 2012! Did your favorite make the list?


#1 – Thank You to Big Fish Games
May 12th, 2012
Life does keep us humble sometimes, yes??

My number one post for the Speaking Practically blog… had nothing at all to do with presentations!

I got …

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Listening to Yourself on a Recording

The picture in this post is not Nikki.  But this is what Nikki’s face looked like as she screamed, “That’s not what I sound like!!!”

Nikki was 6 at the time and had started to watch a video of herself recorded on her mother’s iPhone.  Nikki wigged out.  She screamed “Make it stop!”  She flailed around in protest and she insisted that the recording was not how she sounded.

 
Nobody Likes Their Own Recorded Voice at First
Nikki is not …

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