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The Best of Magic Moments 1&2

If you want a better speech, start with better parts

Take a speech--any speech--and take it apart. By studying its component parts you can learn to build a better presentation. That’s the principle behind Magic Moments. Learn by watching video clips of some of Toastmasters very best speakers in their very best moments as they competed in the World Championships of Public Speaking, 1990-2003.

To create Magic Moments 1, David watched all 99 International Speech Contest speeches from 1990-2000. He then selected 19 video clips that best represented specific aspects of speaking. For example, David shows and discusses the best use of body language, rhythm and momentum, language and imagery, and much more. The program quickly became the best-selling and most-watched educational session ever presented at a Toastmasters convention. So, building on its phenomenal success, David produced Magic Moments 2, which followed the same formula as the original but featured different techniques and different speakers. Magic Moments 2 featured finalists in the 2001-2003 International Finals. The original programs, as recorded at the 2001 and 2004 conventions, are available on DVD (see Products page), but are even more effective when presented live.

The Best of Magic Moments 1&2 program I present at Toastmasters conferences is a combination of the two--essentially the best of the best. It is exciting, entertaining, and guaranteed to enliven your conference.

If you want David to present this program at your conference, here are the media and set-up requirements:
1) LCD projector
2) Projection screen large enough to be seen by everyone who attends
3) VCR or DVD player
4) Sound amplification system for the VCR or DVD player

David also requires one 8-foot table in the back of the room or in a location of his choice outside the meeting room. This is for the resources he makes available at every conference and shall remain up for the duration of the conference.

Eight Essentials of Effective Speaking

How to Speak With Humor, Substance, and Style

Humor, substance, and style: these are the big three in public speaking and David will show how each can be accomplished. Participants can learn such critically important skills as how and why you should seek friendly faces in every audience, why you should write your speeches word for word, why you should know your rate of speech, how to bring life to your words with colorful images and examples, how to use six emotions to connect with any audience, why you should keep a personal story file, and how to get laughs even if you can’t tell a joke.

This program, which runs between 45-60 minutes, is packed with useful information and lots of laughs. It features audio clips from other World Champions as they elaborate on the points David makes.

If you want David to present this program at your conference, here are the media and set-up requirements:

1) LCD projector (to show PowerPoint slides)
2) Projection screen large enough to be seen by everyone who attends
3) Sound amplification system for the computer
4) VCR or DVD player is desirable but not required

David also requires one 8-foot table in the back of the room or in a location of his choice outside the meeting room. This is for the resources he makes available at every conference and shall remain up for the duration of the conference.

It Could Happen to You

How David went from rank beginner to World Champion

David joined Toastmasters in 1986 as a rank beginner. Four years later he was the World Champion of Public Speaking. How did that happen? That’s what this program is about. David tells his inspiring story, from his first Toastmasters meeting to the World Championship.

He explains the blunders he made along the way, and shows how each one of them turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to him at the time. It is proof that speakers are not born, but made. His story is entertaining, inspiring, and motivating. As David says, “If I went from a rank beginner to World Champion in four years, in the next four years what can you do?”

If you want David to present this program at your conference, here are the media and set-up requirements:

1) Sound amplification system for the computer

David also requires one 8-foot table in the back of the room or in a location of his choice outside the meeting room. This is for the resources he makes available at every conference and shall remain up for the duration of the conference.

Mentors Make the Difference

What three world champions learned as both students and teachers

Toastmasters of all skill levels depend on mentors. World Champions David Brooks, Mark Brown, and Darren LaCroix do, too. In fact, the three of them share a unique mentoring relationship: David coached Mark; Mark coached Darren; then Darren coached both David and Mark. Their story is the embodiment of the saying, “To teach is to learn twice.”

This 45-minute program will explain the why and how of mentoring. Included are such topics as how do you choose a mentor who is right for you, what a mentor should and should not do, and conversely, what a protege should and should not expect or do. It features audio clips from Darren and Mark as they elaborate on the points David makes.

If you want David to present this program at your conference, here are the media and set-up requirements:

1) Sound amplification system for the computer

David also requires one 8-foot table in the back of the room or in a location of his choice outside the meeting room. This is for the resources he makes available at every conference and shall remain up for the duration of the conference.