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Effective Use of Silent Pauses in Public Speaking by David Kow and Alfred Pua

This article addresses two main points pertaining to the use of silent pauses in public speaking. These are:

Firstly, the Importance of Silent Pauses; and secondly, When to Use Silent Pauses.

Importance of Silent Pauses

To ensure our speeches are effective, and that we come across as confident speakers, we need to project our voice and speak

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List of Speaking Topics

Looking for speech ideas?  The following list may give you some inspirations:

I    Business

1.     The biggest sale I ever made - and the thrill I got from it.
2.     How and why I failed in business.
3.     I like my present job because...

4.     The best (or worst) investment I ever made in my life.

5.     My boss was good to me.

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Why are we called Toastmasters?

I was recruiting freshmen to join Toastmasters during the NUS matriculation fair. When some freshmen walked past our booth, they saw our banner with the word "Toastmasters Club" and punned, "Toast Masters? Is it a club where you learn to toast bread?" 

I'm sure you all know full well that our founder, Dr. Raplh Smedley, chose to name this wonderful organisation "Toastmasters" because we, as public speakers, are tasked to propose toasts to the audience during important functions. But does the word "Toastmasters" have anything to do with toasting bread?

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Evaluation of U.S. President George Bush's speech by a Toastmaster

The following evaluation is taken from : Toastmasters International's website

Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. January 29, 2003 - Toastmasters International's former President, Alfred Herzing, of Yorba Linda, California, says President Bush's State of the Union Speech was more effective in the second half, where he spoke about Saddam Hussein's threat to the world, than in the first part, where he outlined his domestic policies.

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"Throw Away Your Notes"

This is an article of the same title by Dr Ralph Smedley for Toastmasters Magazine, March 1960, pp28-29:




This is a bit of advice heard too frequently from an evaluation in a Toastmasters Club. It is not good advice, however well intended.

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