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Speak With Confidence and Power!

  • Does the idea of speaking to a group of people fill you with dread?

  • Do you know what you want to say, but somehow it never comes out the way you want?

  • Do you feel "left behind" in your career — or in life — because of poor speaking skills?

  • Are you eager to strengthen your speaking skills... but you don't know how to go about it?

 

Then you need to work out at the gym... but not just any gym. You need Speaker Gym!

Speaker Gym is a free podcast chock-full of useful suggestions (and a few dire warnings), tips, techniques, insights, general guidance, and much, much more.

But Speaker Gym is more than a simple podcast. While you're listening to an episode on your phone, you can tap the "message" button and ask a question, and I'll answer your question in an upcoming episode! So Speaker Gym isn't just a podcast, it's a dialogue between me and you! (Note: "message" is only available when you're listening to Speaker Gym on your smartphone using the Anchor app.)

But wait, there's more!

Speaker Gym is also a website (you're looking at it right now), and on the website I'll offer suggestions and guidance that don't necessarily lend themselves to an audio podcast.

In today's communication-dependent world, good presentation skills are no longer good enough. Your presentation skills need to be top-notch, the best that they can be. You need Speaker Gym.

Here are the most recent episodes:


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Jim's Gym Gems

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Glossary of Toastmasters Terms — Like many organizations, Toastmasters International has its own terms and acronyms. But Toastmasters doesn't just have a few, they have lots. Newcomers to the organization can be overwhelmed by the sheer number of them all, so this glossary attempts to explain as many of the standard ones as possible.

Other good stuff will be added to Speaker Gym over time. Check back again!

7 — Hyperbole and Understatement

Hyperbole and understatement are figures of speech that can bring interest and power to an otherwise bland presentation. This episode explores what hyperbole and understatement are, and how you can use them effectively.

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6 — Should You Lose Your Accent?

I love accents! So if people have trouble understanding what you say, there are a number of techniques you should try before you resort to getting rid of your accent.

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5 — Don't Use "One" When You Mean "You"

Some people think that using the word "one" instead of "you" makes them sound cultured. It doesn't. So one shouldn't do that!

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