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This photo of me was taken in 2014 when I won first place in the Humorous Speech Contest for my Toastmasters International district. As you can see here, I am all smiles as it was truly one of the happiest days of my life. However… What you DON’T see is all that happened behind the […]

Confidence, Engagement, Nervousness, Preparation, Speaking Tips, Speech Competitions, Zoom

August 17, 2021

What People DON’T See

Toastmaster Winner

Greetings! I hope you have had a joyous holiday with your loved ones.  Christmas is my favorite holiday, and I love all the happy feelings that come with it and spending time with my family. However, I saw a social media post recently that gave me pause: “Christmas feels more like a deadline than a holiday.” […]

Nervousness, Preparation, Speaking Tips

December 26, 2018

My Christmas Observation

One common way that many speakers can negatively impact their credibility is by using crutch or filler words throughout their presentation. If you’re not familiar with this term, it means the words that we use when we’re not sure what to say next or to buy us time to find the right word we want to […]

Confidence, Nervousness, Preparation, Speaking Tips, Speaking Tools, Stage Presence

December 21, 2018

Shhhhh…When You Should Pause

Brace yourself, I’m about to tell you something that may surprise you: A little nervousness before you present your speech is actually a good thing. That adrenaline rush surging through your body is what gives you energy and enthusiasm to deliver your message with a bang. The way that you interpret this anxious feeling will […]

Nervousness, Preparation, Speaking Tips

November 21, 2017

How to Deal with Nervousness