Archive for September, 2008

Walk the Talk

September 26, 2008


I just watched a beautiful and powerful presentation that really touched me and I wanted to share it with you. I’m sure you’ll enjoy the breathtaking images and the inspiring message.

You can check it out here:

Enjoy your day and keep speaking – Carrol

What is a Toast?

September 19, 2008

Today toasts are offered for a variety of occasions: engagements, weddings, birthdays, going away parties, anniversaries, retirements and dinner parties.


A toast is a mini speech and therefore should have an opening, body and conclusion.



  • Introduce yourself – how are you connected to the person or event. 
  • You may want to have a quote next.
  • Thank everyone for attending
  • Mention how happy you are to be attending the occasion 


Give some information about the person/people or occasion.

Try not to ramble.



Wrap up with a wish, traditional toast or blessing.

Raise your glass and finish with “congratulations” “best wishes” or “cheers”


Toasts don’t have to involve alcohol, you can toast with water, tea, coffee, juice or another type of beverage.


Keep your toast short, no more than 2 – 3 minutes.


This is a special occasion, but don’t forget to relax and enjoy yourself while giving the toast!


Keep speaking – Carrol

Emit emotions

September 12, 2008

During the week I caught up with my girlfriend at her place for lunch. Her daughter wanted to eat a candy bar before lunch and of course, her mother wouldn’t let her.

Her daughter started to cry, the face became all screwed up, the crying sounds came out and her little arms where being thrown around wildly. Then after a couple of seconds she would stop the tantrum, look to see if we were paying attention and then she continued with her pretend crying.

I found this very funny, but it made me think about speakers who don’t show or reflect the emotions that they’re talking about when on the stage. A good speaker needs to connect with their audience through their emotions.

* When you mask your emotions people may not trust your message. The subconscious mind is constantly looking for mismatches in behavior and if the mind sees one thing and hears another, mistrust will start to sneak in.

* We all have emotions.  If you’re not showing the emotions that you’re talking about you’re missing a great opportunity to connect with your audience on a deeper, much more personal level. 

Now, I’m not suggesting that you have a tantrum on stage, but if you’re talking about something that made you feel confident, show confidence, if you’re talking about something that made you excited, show excitement and the same for all of the other emotions that we as human beings are capable of.

“My task is to make you hear, to make you feel, to make you see” – Joseph Conrad.

Keep speaking – Carrol

Improve from the inside by asking outside

September 5, 2008
  •  After you’ve given a presentation or workshop do you ask for feedback?

Many people try to avoid feedback because of fear – “what if they didn’t like my presentation”.

But isn’t it better to know that people didn’t like your presentation so that you can improve on it?

I love feedback and constantly ask for feedback whether I’ve given a 10 minute presentation or a 60 minute workshop. Whenever I pick up the feedback forms the first place I look at is, “what could have been improved” or “what was not covered that you think should have been covered”

Feedback allows me to gauge what is or isn’t working from the audiences perspective.

When asking for feedback, as for what you did well and what you could have been improved on. You may want to focus on a few specific areas to begin with:

  • * body language
  • * vocal variety
  • * eye contact

Once you’ve worked on the basics, you can then look at other areas such as:

  • * content suitability for your audience
  • * language (words) used
  • * amount of content

Start off by asking a valued friend or colleague for feedback.

Remember that feedback is not a criticism, it emphasis your strong points and points out areas for improvement.

Good feedback from the outside is an excellent opportunity to improve from the inside.

Keep speaking – Carrol