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Speak With Confidence and Power!

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Here are those extra resources that can't be put in a podcast:

  • 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.

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:


Speaker 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!


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10 — The Perfection Obsession

People afflicted with the Perfection Obsession think that a "perfect" speaker is an effective speaker, but that's frequently not the case -- perfect speaking is often perfectly blah. In this episode you'll explore how imperfections, used occasionally and appropriately, can make your presentations much more enjoyable.

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9 — Becoming a Pro Speaker

"How do I become a pro speaker?" is a simple question with an involved answer. Answering that question in sufficient detail requires its own dedicated podcast. This episode of Speaker Gym introduces the new podcast from The Barber Shop called Pro Speaker U that's created just for those people who want to move "from free to fee".

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8 — Should You Stand When You Speak?

Should you stand up when you speak, or can you remain seated? It's a simple question, but there's not a simple answer. In this episode you'll explore when (and why) it's best to stand, and when it's best to stay seated.

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