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Darren LaCroix (2001 World Champion) Notes
Toastmaster Evening with Darren LaCroix (2001 World Champion): Safe Auto, March 9, 2013, 6-9p

Randomly listed notes from my randomly organized notes:

1. PowerPoint: show your image and then use a blank/black slide to return the focus to you

2. Check out local chapter of “National Speakers Association” to learn the biz of professional


3. To determine what topics to present to others with conviction list: adversities you’ve overcome,

major accomplishments, business experiences, and serious hobbies. THEN, go to the library and

peruse “The Encyclopedia of Associations” to determine which fit your experiences. Then

contact them to write articles and to speak.

4. Answer: Why you? Who will pay? How do you reach them? So what? What’s in it for me?

Who cares?

5. Buy “The Stand-up Comedy Book” to learn how to deliver.

6. KEY: create hologram props/areas on the stage to guide audience through your presentation.

They read left to right; so from presenter’s right (audience’s left) create the “Then” or “Now” of

your story, walk over to your left to create the “Now” or “Future” of your story, and the middle

is the process from “Then to Now” or “Now to Future”. Honor the different areas of the stage

so that audience can see w/ their minds your hologram props. Point/refer to the different

areas. Could be a person, place, thing, experience…. When you stand in one place, you jumble

the props stacking them atop each other which is confusing. The different areas help you to

move purposefully.

7. What do you want them to remember 3 days from now (since they’ll forget most of what you

say)—emphasize whatever that is!

8. Find a coach who’s WAY ahead of you and endure the discomfort of growing better. Find those

who’ve “won” to learn how/daily habits.

9. Stage time is the only way to improve! Record and watch/listen. Be coachable. Find someone

who will critique you well.

10. People like “pivot” stories of improvement to give people hope for living better.

11. Excellent stories/pics help cement visions in conscious then subconscious. They are key! GOOD

pictures ARE worth 1,000 words.

12. Give the same keynote over and over to keep improving. Fall forward!

13. What do you want your audience to do? Think? Feel? This must be the summary statement of

your keynote in 10 words of less for clarity.

14. Pause for audience to think after a question. If closed (yes/no), then quick pause. If open

ended, then longer pause. If you ask them, respect them by giving them time to think;

otherwise, you’re telling them you don’t care what they think creating a barrier b/w the two of


15. Quick story then your point, another quick story then another point….

16. When telling a story, step into it as an actor and then step out of it as the narrator. Use dialogue

facing the audience as if the audience is the other actor and inferring the response by how you

respond rather than trying different voices/stepping back and forth…. Get to the story fast,

don’t “set it up” b/c that’s boring for the audience.

17. Stories must uses senses and have 3 of these 4: visual, auditory, kinesthetic (touch), and smell

w/ smell being the strongest. Don’t be too detailed but let audience’s minds fill in the details as

they want.

18. If following another speaker, give enough pause to separate his presence from yours.

19. If speaking at a conference, attend prior speakers and know speakers after yours so you can see

what’s resonating w/ audience and what speakers are saying or will say so that you can align or

even refer to prior speakers’ comments that resonated w/ audience to more easily/quickly bond

w/ audience.

20. Questions w/ pauses bond you with the audience and always use singular “You” questions not

mass “You”. “Do you sleep through the night?” is better than “Do some of you…?” Make it

personal b/c it’s a conversation w/ a person not an amorphous mass. Use “You” questions w/

pauses often!


Bryce’s insight: Focus out to your audience like a hose watering plants. If the hose

turns back on itself, it kinks and stops the water’s flow. Focus out at your listeners, not

in at myself.
Posted: 2Checkout Toastmasters, 15 Feb 16, 14:29 by jfisher    Comments:

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