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Speaker, Leader, Champion: Succeed at Work Through the Power of Public Speaking, featuring the prize-winning speeches of Toastmasters World Champions by Ryan Avery, Jeremey Donovan

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CHAPTER 11

Getting in the Speaking Zone

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TIP 90: Speaking order matters little; speech quality matters most.

Some speakers get anxious when they take the stage after someone who has delivered an exceptional presentation, thinking, “That’s going to be a tough act to follow.” Let’s look at the World Championship of Public Speaking to see if that fear is warranted.

The conventional wisdom in speech contests is that no matter how effective your speech, you have little or no chance of winning if you are one of the first speakers. Being speaker number one is considered the kiss of death. On one level that makes some sense. After all, the judges have ...

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