A couple of weeks ago, we had the pleasure of hosting David Meerman Scott, best-selling author and professional speaker, at our Toastmasters club. He was practicing a super-secret new presentation he's doing, which will hopefully be on video soon so we can share - and also see how the presentation turned out. (Update: David presented his talk on "The Need to Explore" at TEDx Amherst - check out the video at the bottom of this post.)
Not only is David an amazing speaker (and long-time HubSpot friend and advisor), he's also a Toastmaster! David co-founded a Toastmasters club in Tokyo 20+ years ago, did it for 6 years, and even served as President for part of that time. David shares - among other great tips - that Toastmasters was one of the best things he did to build the basic speaking skills that led to where he is today.
Watch the video to hear David's tips for Toastmasters:
David shared his thoughts on two points:
Terrified of public speaking?
Practice among friends! That's why David recommends Toastmasters - it's a great way to get experience so that you improve your skills and get more comfortable.
Looking to make a good speech great?
Great speeches have a lot of elements that need to come together - from body language to content to so much more. David works with a speaker coach to focus on a particular aspect of his speech for each presentation. For one presentation it might be eliminating distracting movement, in another, it might be adding more dramatic pauses. Pick one element you want to work on in each speech you deliver (hey, that sounds like the Toastmasters program!).
David is a big proponent of Toastmasters and shared, "Toastmasters is so great because it gives you a chance to speak in front of a welcoming and encouraging audience that can help you get better."
Thanks to David for making it out to our club - can't wait for you to attend an upcoming meeting!
And now, David Meerman Scott's TEDx talk on "The Need to Explore" - congrats, David, this turned out fantastic!