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Kill the Virus - Tips to Become a Competent Communicator

The following is a tip session delivered by John Kageche, ACB, CL and current President of Nairobi Toastmasters Club. It focuses on the need to properly prepare and present the 2nd, 3rd and 4th projects in the Toastmasters Competent Communicator manual towards building strong speech delivery. KILL THE VIRUS, SHARE THE MAGIC 2, 3 and 4. That’s where magic lives. Mr Toastmaster, fellow members, guests in ccs 2, 3 and 4 that’s where speech magic lives Unfortunately, numbers 2,3 and 4 are numerically lower than 7,8 and 9 And because they are lower many a speaker in this room and beyond tend to gloss over them And yet if 2,3 and 4 were a virus many a speaker sadly failed to protect themselves from it And because they failed to protect themselves they missed the magic and got infected And because they were infected then, these speakers have carried over the infection to 5,6,7 and beyond For instance, If your cc 2 did not have a singular organized message in it,

Planning and It's Cousin Failing (CL Series)

In 1785, Robert Burns penned that famous Scots poem with the penultimate stanza which read: But Mousie, thou art no thy lane                          / But mouse you are not alone In proving foresight may be vain:                        /  Planning for future can be in vain The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men           / The best laid plans of mice and men Gang aft agley,                                              /  Often go awry An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,          / And leave us with nothing grief and pain For promis'd joy!                                            / For promised joy Putting down a plan on paper is great. It helps crystallize your goals and gives you a defined target to aspire to. It's just as true though that no project plan can expected to be perfectly executed and "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry" In every project expect challenges. The most common are the notorious three: scope cr