Volume 1, Number 4                   June 2006

Welcome <$firstname$>,

I can't believe its been another six months since I put out my last newsletter.

And what a six months.

My wildest dream, hosting a world-class seminar for speakers, is coming true in August, thanks to a great collaboration with my partner Arvee Robinson. You can click on the link under Speak Your Way to Wealth in the yellow box for all the details.

I say "wildest dream" because for years I have attended big seminars and have always sat in the audience thinking, "Gee, I wish I was on that stage." And I never did anything about it.

Then last May, while at a seminar put on by my good friend Adam Urbanski (who is speaking at my event), I mentioned to Arvee that I'd like to put on such an event for speakers. She said, "Let's do it." Thus Speak Your Way to Wealth was born.

It's been quite a journey. We've made some incredible friends, booked a lineup of amazing speakers, and in August we will welcome up to 500 people to Newport Beach, California for a fantastic two days of learning with some of America's top experts in speaking and marketing.

The lesson? Most dreams can be realized if you believe that you are good enough, that you know enough, and that you care enough to make them happen. When you take the small, simple steps one by one even the biggest challenge becomes easy.

I would be honored to have you join me in August as I make my dream come true and help you make yours come true as well. Just click on the link to the right to join us.

Best wishes,
Lee Pound

Featured Articles in this issue:
  • The Power of Perseverance
  • The Magic of Stories

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The Power of Perseverance
By Lee Pound

Many beginning speakers are afraid to give their first few speeches because they fear that they will not be very good.

In fact, they are right. They won't be very good. This has more to do with lack of experience than any failing in that particular speaker. When we see polished speakers give perfect performances on stage, we think that we must be that good as well. The truth is we may never be that good.

However, every speaker who keeps speaking and keeps reaching higher and higher can get ob very good.

Every speaker has unique goals, abilities and backgrounds. This differences are what give speakers power, not the polish and glitz you sometimes see.

Every speaker grows gradually, adding new skills each time he or she takes the lectern. Many of those speeches will be badly done.

Remember, a child learning to ride a bicycle must fall off a few times before learning how to stay on. Growth comes with practice, not contemplation. Growth comes with failure, not success.

I tell new Toastmasters members to speak as often as possible even if they are scared to death that they will fail. Even saying two words is a success if it leads to saying three the next time.

The next time you see a young speaker afraid to go on stage, encourage them to try anyway.

The next time you are afraid to try something new, do it anyway. Even if you don't succeed, you will learn and you will do better next time. That's how greatness is born, one step at a time.

The Magic of Stories
By Lee Pound

Most speakers know that stories can be an important component of gaining the trust of your audience. But most speakers use few stories because they do not know how to do so and don't know how to learn.

Many speakers make up for this deficiency by bombarding their audiences with facts and hoping the sheer weight of the information will get the point across.

This almost never works, not even for trainers used to delivering high volumes of information. In fact the best trainers know that the audience must be relaxed in order to absorb the facts. They use stories, games and other methods of involvement to do this.

A speaker on stage has less direct contact with the audience and must add stories to to his or her speeches to relax the audience and to get them into a learning mode. We will talk further about how to add stories to your speaking in coming months.


Where Is Lee Speaking?

June 10, 2006,
"Getting Great Publicity,"
Toastmasters LACE Training, National University, Costa Mesa, California

June 17, 2006,
"Getting Great Publicity,"
Toastmasters LACE Training, Rio Hondo College, Whittier, California

August 18, 19, 2006,
"Storytelling for Speakers,"
Speak Your Way to Wealth Seminar, Newport Beach California

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Lee is an inspirational and motivational speaker who presents to organizations, conferences, businesses and clubs interested in learning more about skills used to communicate in writing and speaking and how to apply those skills in our daily lives.

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Learning to speak well requires practice. The best forum to practice is at a local Toastmasters Club. You can go to www.toastmasters.org for more information. You are invited to visit my clubs at any time. Call or e-mail for further information.

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Irvine, California, 92614, Thursday evening, 7:00 p.m.

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4533 MacArthur Blvd., #200, Newport Beach, CA 92660
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