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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,

Thinking in Black and White

I recently joined a group called toastmasters, whose objective is to help its members improve their speech-making abilities. Here is my first speech called the icebreaker, that is supposed to introduce me to the other members. Thinking in Black and White Madame toast master, fellow toastmasters and guests. My form two English teacher was Ms. Koch, an American with a Belgian ancestry. She asked us to call her Ms. K as her name did not lend itself easily to pronunciation by an African tongue. During one group session where we could move around the class interacting with other students and the teacher she asked me what kind of writing I liked most. Wanting to give an impressive answer I furrowed my brow a while and replied “creative writing”. Ms. K reflected on my response, and I smugly awaited praise for my clever answer. “But Harry” she replied “all writing is creative.” I stood there feeling dumb, my smugness worn down by her simple logic. I half-grunted, half-mumbled to acknowledg