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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Celebrating the End of 2015 & the Holiday Break

The 2015 portion of the 2015-16 Toastmasters season is coming to an end. Everyone can be proud of our accomplishments, and we have many things to be thankful for since the beginning of the season in September. New and existing members have all achieved some level of growth in communication and leadership. Even at the very least, signing up and making the commitment is a big first step!

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Edmonton’s own Greg Gazin to share stage with Dr. John Gray, Credits Toastmasters for making it possible

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Noel Bentley, President

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For Immediate Release:

Edmonton’s own Greg Gazin to share stage with Dr. John Gray

Credits Toastmasters for making it possible

Edmonton, AB, March 3, 2014 – New Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club is pleased to announce that one of its long-time members, Distinguished Toastmaster Greg Gazin, has been selected to speak on stage alongside world-class and world-renowned authors and speakers including Dr. John Gray (Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus) and Arkadi Kuhlmann (Founder, ING Direct) and other at DEXIO 2014 being held in Edmonton on March 8th, 2014.

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Matching your Pitch to your Customer’s Motivation

Toastmaster Picture_JulyRegardless as to who enters the store, sales agents all too often use the same canned, rehearsed pitch. The same message is relayed to sell the coffee maker or the sofa; after all customers have to have all the facts! But after listening to your customers, are you communicating what’s important and relevant to them?

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Effective Listening can get You that Sale!

Effective ListeningSome people seem to have a real knack for selling; they sometimes keep talking until the customer gives in with sheer exasperation!

While this strategy might work initially, the probability of the order being cancelled will be high and the likelihood of the customer returning will be low. A more effective way to start the sales process is to listen before you speak!

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Constructive Criticism can Bring out the Best in People

Constructive Critisism

Offering half-hearted positive advice along with a negative comment is like offering someone a slice of dry bologna between two pieces of stale bread. At the end of the day, it’s still a stale sandwich and the receiver will walk away with a bad taste in their mouth.

By using the following strategies for providing constructive feedback, the receiver will likely walk away with a good feeling in their gut:

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