Category Archives: Tom’s Speaking Tips

A few handy things to bear in mind as a guest speaker

The Pain Body and Schizophrenia

If you’ve read Eckhart Tolle’s classic, A New Earth – Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose, you’ll be familiar with his reference to “the voice in the head,” where he is referring to our being absorbed in our verbal thinking and … Continue reading

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Tips from a Master Storyteller

There is currently on television a show called ‘The X Factor’ in which a panel of judges determine who, among the participants vying for selection, are chosen for stardom.   It is said here that only a few of the many … Continue reading

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A Guru ‘Goes to God’

Sri Satya Narayan Goenka came into my life in 1986.  I was fifty, he would have been sixty-four.   We never met.  I heard him in audio recordings and saw him in video tapes.   Only once did I see him in the flesh; … Continue reading

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Do motivational speeches work?

This was a question recently asked by one of the members of the Hubpages fraternity and which I answered along the following lines: Yes, motivational speakers do leave an impact upon their listeners, but often it is in ways far … Continue reading

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Listening to one of the best

Yesterday I came across the name, Ian Berry CSP.   I knew Ian would be be good because he’s qualified at the highest rated professional level in the field of public speaking – Certified Speaking Professional.   I Googled his name, found him … Continue reading

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An old club re-visited

Today I was guest speaker at the Oatlands Combined Probus Club.  I was this club’s inaugural speaker back on 25th October 1999.  Seems hard to believe that that was fourteen years ago.  Certainly some of the members remembered me, for I … Continue reading

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Five requisites of a great public speaker

Way back in the 1970s or 1980s, when I determined to become the best speaker I could be, I bought a little yellow and black coloured book titled: Teach Yourself Public Speaking.  It was written by an Englishman by the … Continue reading

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The Key To Connecting With An Audience

In the February 2013 edition of The Toastmaster Magazine is an article called, The Key to Connecting.  It was written by John Kinde DTM and Loren Eckroth Ph.D.    John has been a Toastmaster for forty years and Loren is renowned … Continue reading

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If clothes makes the man, words do even more so

“So we came up the hill and…well, we were sorta tired – you know what I mean – and so we sat down – you know – and before we could say howdy  we were outa food and, – you … Continue reading

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Change Your Thoughts and You Change Your Life

There is a saying: ‘If you keep on doing what you’ve been doing, you’ll keep on getting what you’ve been getting.’   It is maxim particularly pertinent to those who are making efforts to change their lives for the better yet … Continue reading

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