Search Engine Optimization: Can Toastmasters Help SEO?

Toastmasters Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization: What it is and Why it is Important

Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the activity of increasing your webpage’s exposure through internet search engines. It may surprise you, but the same communication principles that we learn through Toastmasters apply to managing a website.

When you think about human communication, the last thing that comes to mind is a lifeless computer. However, technology is a tool for human action. Modeled after human behaviour, technology is in fact an extension of us. With this in mind, internet search engines operate based on basic principles of communication.

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Toastmasters Club Contest & 2016 World Championship of Public Speaking

Toastmasters Speech Contest

Public Speaking Contests: From Your Club to the World Stage!

February kicks off contest season for Toastmasters and the beginning of the World’s Largest Public Speaking Contest. This includes more than 30,000 contestants in 135 countries! The opportunity exists for all members to start competing at the more intimate Club Contest. Winners of the Club Contest will move on to compete at each contest leading up to the World Championship of Public Speaking, as they win each contest respectively.

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Powerful Words: The 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking

2015 World Champion of Public Speaking

We are All Capable of Public Speaking at a High Level

All of us have the potential to become leaders and communicate at a very high level. A perfect example is the story of Mohammed Qahtani. It might be surprising, but it took time for Qahtani to build confidence and overcome his fear of public speaking. Just like the rest of us. What is even more impressive is that he faces the additional challenge of managing a speech impediment.

Qahtani credits Toastmasters for helping him flourish. Now he not only performs as a comedian, he is also the 2015 Toastmasters’ World Champion of Public Speaking. Qahtani’s winning speech, “The Power of Words,” is well written and his delivery is polished. I embedded the video of his speech in this blog post as an example. It should not only be watched as a source of inspiration, but as something that is attainable.

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Speech Content that Makes an Impact

"Made to Stick" a book that help to make your speech content memorable.

A Speech Content Checklist & Summary of “Made to Stick”

As Toastmasters we practice every week with the goal to become better public speakers. Typically, we focus on developing a smooth and charismatic delivery. While this is clearly important, the act of “speaking” is not the most important aspect of public speaking. The actual goal is to communicate a message that makes a lasting impact. As George Bernard Shaw stated “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Then what exactly makes speech content impactful and memorable?

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