Category: Public Speaking

Toastmaster: Talk about what you want to know, not just what you know now

Toastmaster: Talk about what you want to know, not just what you know now
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” This post is the final blog that concludes a series of eight posts. I have now completed Level 4’s “Compelling Blog” section. I’m obsessed with bathroom upgrades, and talk show host Hasan Minhaj... Read more »

Toastmasters: Make Drake-level eye contact without being creepy

Toastmasters: Make Drake-level eye contact without being creepy
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4. In an interview I read last year* about Drake, one of my favorite rappers,... Read more »

Toastmasters introductions: Don't let memorizing odd names kick your butt

Toastmasters introductions: Don't let memorizing odd names kick your butt
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4. “I don’t want to accidentally hit you in the nose,” I said. “I’ll be... Read more »
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Hey Chicago, comedian Barry Brewer's home -- with Toastmasters tips for humor public speaking

Hey Chicago, comedian Barry Brewer's home -- with Toastmasters tips for humor public speaking
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4. No matter what mood you’re in before you arrive... Read more »

What's so funny? The 'Engaging Humor' Path launches in Toastmasters Pathways

What's so funny? The 'Engaging Humor' Path launches in Toastmasters Pathways
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4. Do you know what it’s like to marry a Toastmaster? All of our conversations... Read more »

School expulsion, failing grade: Why I chose the Harlem Renaissance for my Toastmasters speech

School expulsion, failing grade: Why I chose the Harlem Renaissance for my Toastmasters speech
As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4. An Upwork client asked me recently who was my biggest influencer. I didn’t miss a... Read more »
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That time I made (almost) everybody cry at a Toastmasters meeting

That time I made (almost) everybody cry at a Toastmasters meeting
* As a member and the Vice President of Education of Unity Toastmasters (a community club in Toastmasters International), I am currently in the process of completing Pathways “Presentations Mastery.” I will be writing a blog series of eight posts in one month to complete Level 4.*  Him: “Remember that time you made everybody cry at Toastmasters?” Me: “You weren’t... Read more »

Love a good story? Check out Chicagoland's 'Do Not Submit' and Toastmasters

Love a good story? Check out Chicagoland's 'Do Not Submit' and Toastmasters
When I turned 30, I asked my older brother, “Is it weird to you that I’m 30? I’m really grown now.” His response: “No, you’ve always been old. Your body just finally caught up with your brain.” I laughed about that for hours. (I’m still 5’3 so my body stopped growing taller in eighth grade. But as... Read more »