These Savvies explore the topic of Introduction in more detail —
Strengthening your vocabulary is one of the most effective steps you can take in improving your communication skills.
There are several steps that you need to take in order to strengthen your vocabulary. One of them, rather obviously, is to learn new words. But not just any new words....
Like other industries, the speaking and training industry has its own “lingo” (specialized terminology). Many of these terms are borrowed from related fields such as the entertainment industry (like gig and book) or the hospitality industry (staging, striking); others seem to be somewhat unique to the speaking industry (one-sheet).
Whether you're a public or professional speaker, you need to "talk the talk". These are some of the terms that you’ll encounter (and use) within the speaking, training, and presentations industries.
Note — Toastmasters International itself has so many terms and designations, that there is a separate glossary for Toastmasters terminology.
Like many organizations, Toastmasters International has its own terms and acronyms. Newcomers to the organization can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of them all, so this glossary attempts to define as many of the standard ones as possible. (Click on a letter to expand the glossary.)
Please note that Speaker Gym is not affiliated with Toastmasters International in any way; nor is this glossary prepared or endorsed by Toastmasters International; nor is Speaker Gym responsible for any errors or omissions in this glossary.
Preparation is key to a successful presentation. Even in cases where the speaker is speaking extemporaneously, if you look behind the scenes you'll discover that a lot of preparation went into that "off the cuff" speech.
(In 1879, Mark Twain said "I … never could make a good impromptu speech without several hours to prepare it.")
In the following exercises, you'll explore a variety of activities that you'll use in preparing for your presentation.
This is what it's all about — actually giving your speech!
So you want people to listen to you when you speak? Do you want to convey your thoughts effectively and clearly? Do you want to persuade people to your point of view?
Many speakers, both public and professional, yearn to give a TED Talk. And one of the best ways to give a TED Talk is to give a TEDx Talk. These exercises explore how to go about giving a memorable TEDx Talk... and possibly even a TED "Talk of Your Life".
Although both TED and Toastmasters center around the concept of giving a presentation, there are many differences between a TED (or TEDx) Talk and a Toastmasters speech. Some of the differences are fundamental, others are simply small differences in detail. But if you're using Toastmasters to strengthen your presentation skills in anticipation of giving a TED-style Talk (which is a very good idea, you need to be aware of all the differences.
As you'll see in future Sooths, there are many differences in detail, but only three basic differences between a Toastmasters speech and a TED Talk.