Volume 2, Number 4                April 2007

Welcome <$firstname$>,

Wow! It really happened!

I came out on top in the Division A Toastmasters International Speech Contest last Saturday so I will be competing in the Founders District contest April 28. Just eight of us are left from over 4,000 members in the district eligible to compete. It will be quite a show and I invite all of you to come.

The contests are just $20 but you can come for the entire day, even if you are not a Toastmaster, for just $95 if you sign up by April 20.

This contest is an incredible opportunity since it leads to the World Championship of Public Speaking to be held in August in Phoenix, Arizona. At that event the best speaker out of 200,000 Toastmasters will be chosen.


Story Magic Weekend

The Story Magic weekend will be held May 26 to 27 this Spring.

If one of your goals for the new year is to upgrade your speaking skills, consider taking my next Story Magic Intensive. Stories are fundamental to all speaking, selling and personal relations skills. Here you will learn to use them in ways that will change your life.

The first Story Magic Intensive held last December was a great success. My next one will be held in late May and will be limited to a maximum of ten participants.

Story Magic teaches you story creation techniques in a small group setting. These techniques can be used to create stories you can use in speeches, writing or promotional materials. During the event, you will discover where stories come from, you will write your own story and you will practice delivering it orally. Go to www.storyseminars.com for details.

Featured Articles in this issue:
  • News From Speak Your Way to Wealth
  • Beginning Your Speech

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News From Speak Your Way to Wealth

Arvee and I are pleased to announce the addition of two more exciting speakers to round out the speaker list at this year's Speak Your Way to Wealth. They are:

  • Ken Foster, President of Shared Vision Network and one of the pioneers in the art of presenting teleseminars as a way to promote events and products.

  • Melanie Benson Strick, business and marketing coach who will show attendees how to absorb and use all of the information they will get at the seminar.

We've put together a special deal for Income Tax Day that lasts just through tonight, April 16 at midnight. For this day only, you can get a ticket for just $317, no strings attached. To get in on this special deal, go to:


Seriously, we've been offering special deals for a while now. There will be more specials as we near the seminar dates. However, regular pricing goes up May 1 and so will associated special prices. This is the lowest rate you will ever see for Speak Your Way to Wealth. Take advantage of this low investment now.


Audience Connection

Over the last month or so, I've been working on one of the most important skills a speaker can possess: Connecting with the audience.

I'm sure you've seen speakers who kept the audience at rapt attention the entire speech and others who bored the audience from the very first word.

First, Most of the problems with connection come from speaking at the audience rather than with them. When you speak with the intention of telling the audience your message, you risk boring them because you have not taken into account the needs of the people you are speaking to.

When you prepare your speech by first asking what the group you are speaking to wants, you will better satisfy their needs.

Second, connection comes from letting people in. In other words, let them know something about you that makes you human to them. People are much more likely to listen to speakers they can identify with. It does not have to be much but it must be there.

Third, eye contact is crucial, from the moment you step in front of the room to after you conclude. This tells people that you are talking to them, not to the wall, the clock or the PowerPoint presentation. Speaking is a two way exchange and should be treated that way.

Fourth, enroll your audience by asking them questions and sincerely wanting the answers. Ask them questions they can answer with a yes and make it easy for them. Once they believe that you are interested in them, they will be interested in you.

Last, stick to the subject they audience expects. There is nothing worse than going off track and starting to talk about what you want to say and forgetting why you are front of this group in the first place.


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Where Is Lee Speaking?

Saturday, April 28, 2007, Toastmasters Founders District International Speech Contest, 6:30 p.m. Four Points Sheraton, Fullerton, California. For this link for web site.

South Orange County Genealogical Society, Saturday, April 21, 2007. "Internet Research"

Story Magic Weekend, May 26-27, 2007. Location to be announced.

Speak Your Way to Wealth, August 17, 18, 19, Newport Beach, CA. You will find more information here.

ASTD San Fernando Valley October 2007

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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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