Unleashing Your Communication & Performance Potential

 

 

BEST WISHES FOR A MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

 

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please join me in a toast.

This is a toast to you, my readers

As we celebrate this season!

The fact that you are readers of ‘Dilip’s Diamonds’ is an indication

That you are not satisfied to simply “get by” in life,

But that you seek to communicate at higher levels

With yourself and with others.

It signifies that you want to tap your innate potential

And become all that you can be. It means that you believe

That the education and inspiration that Dilip offers

Will make you a better speaker and leader.

It means that you want to contribute to life!

In a way, that is an essential part of the Christmas message –

That you and I, however, humble, have a part to play

In the continuing stream of life.

May your hunger for knowledge

And desire for mastery of the spoken word

Be like the burning desire of the three wise men

Who would not rest

Until the star of Bethlehem

Had led them to their destination.

Ladies and gentlemen – please raise your glasses and join me

In a toast for every reader of the Dilip’s Diamonds e-newsletter!

May your most cherished dreams come true!

 

Dr. Dilip’s Six Steps for a Surefire Toast

I hope you feel good about the “toast” above! In proposing that toast, I followed my ‘Six Steps for a Surefire Toast.’ Here is each step with specific directions and the words where they came in for the above toast:

1. Announce

Position yourself so that everyone can see you. Grab people’s attention. Stand with your glass in your dominant hand. Raise your glass; make eye contact with the people. Speak in a commanding manner and then pause for a few seconds, allowing people to conform to the new thing you’ve just started.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Please join me in a toast.”

2. Address

Mention for whom you are proposing the toast.

This is a toast to you, my readers.”

3. Reason

Lower your glass and continue speaking. Give the reason for the toast. What’s the occasion? Is there a special reason?

As we celebrate this season!”

4. Inspire

Give relevant background about the person/s you are toasting. Recognize and commend the person/s.

“The fact that you are readers of ‘Dilip’s Diamonds’ is an indication

That you are not satisfied to simply “get by” in life,

But that you seek to communicate at higher levels

With yourself and with others.

It signifies that you want to tap your innate potential

And become all that you can be. It means that you believe

That the education and inspiration that Dilip offers

Will make you a better speaker and leader.

It means that you want to contribute to life!

5. Build-up

In crescendo style, build up the inspiration and commendation. Link your message to the occasion.

In a way, that is an essential part of the Christmas message –

That you and I, however humble have a part to play

In the continuing stream of life.

May your hunger for knowledge

And desire for mastery of the spoken word

Be like the burning desire of the three wise men

Who would not rest

Until the star of Bethlehem

Had led them to their destination.”

6. Toast!

This is the climax. Address the members of the group, raise your glass and project your voice. Maintain steady eye contact, and say it with strength and confidence.

Ladies and gentlemen – please raise your glasses and join me

In a toast for every reader of the Dilip’s Diamonds e-newsletter!

May your most cherished dreams come true!”

 

A Painless Way to Master the Toast

There are just four things to do to master the art of the Toast:

  1. Choose an occasion (wedding, anniversary party, retirement party, etc.).
  2. Using the above six-step template, craft a toast for the occasion you chose.
  3. Read aloud what you wrote. Improve your first draft. Read it loud again. Repeat this cycle until you have a Toast that you can be very proud of.
  4. Volunteer to propose a toast whenever you get a chance. Like most skills, you learn best by doing.

Two Things NOT to Do When Proposing a Toast

  1. Do not bore the listeners. Don’t ramble.
  2. Do not embarrass the person you are feting or the event organizer.

Four Things to Do for Every Toast

1. Be Prepared.

Do your homework. Review the background of the person you are going to fete. Recall personal stories about the person that you can share with the group. Meet audience members ahead of time if possible.

2. Be Concise

Go for quality of statements and avoid rambling.

3. Be Complimentary

Talk about some exceptional things that the person has done. Speak from the heart. If you want to add humor, this is the place for you to do so.

4. Create Good Feelings

How you handle yourself; your appearance, and your word choice will affect the reception of the toast.


 

If you found this newsletter helpful and would like more in-depth speech guidance, come join the Diamonds Club. Here is what you get from membership in the Diamonds Club:

  • A monthly video training session on how you can become a more competent and confident public speaker. This will run from 8-15 minutes and you can play it as many times as you want to extract the maximum learning from it.
  • Free quarterly webinars, which will go into depth on public speaking skills as well as special communication topics that will help you reach ever-higher levels of knowledge and competence.
  • Receive an evaluation of your upcoming speech. Submit a video clip or script of a speech you are preparing to give. Receive expert feedback that will inform you about what you are doing well and receive practical tips on how to improve your presentation.
  • A Q & A Forum where you can submit your questions about public speaking and communication. Learn from the answers, not just to your questions, but also answers to questions posed by others.

You can hurdle time and money obstacles because for a low monthly fee, you can access all of the above 24/7! For more details and to sign up, click here.

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Coming Events for 2013

will be featured in the January Newsletter!

 

What’s New?

The Diamond Club portal has been streamlined and made easier to access and use. For more information about the Diamond Club and how it can benefit you, please read below!

 

A Leadership Communication Boot Camp is Coming in 2013!

Covering one full-day and two half-days, this weekend program will be focused on giving people who are in leadership positions the knowledge and skills they need to excel in spoken as well as written messages.

Speak like the leader you are:

  • Learn how to use a simple but effective matrix to develop a natural sequence in speech preparation
  • Save time in speech preparation,
  • Learn speech-planning techniques for preparing keynotes
  • Discover how to write inspirational and persuasive speeches,
  • Engage audiences
  • How to use PowerPoint slides, flip charts, and white boards effectively.

Gain confidence in writing skills by:

  • Learn sentence structure
  • Easy ways to develop good grammar
  • How to expand your vocabulary without boring drills
  • Pronunciation secrets for non-native English speakers
  • How to write messages for conference souvenirs
  • How to write messages of condolences
  • How to write messages of congratulations
  • Letter format Dos and Don’ts
  • Starts at 6:00 p.m. March 1, 2013.
  • Ends at 1:00 p.m. on March 3.

Look for an announcement soon about details and how to register. Due to the in-depth nature of this very hands-on course, registration will be limited to ten participants.


My Christmas Present for You

Here are four of my most requested articles to spur you on your communication and leadership development journey. Read them, absorb them, and apply them. Write to me and let me know the difference it makes for you.

When I Listen, Why Don’t I Hear?

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Evaluators

A Case for Simplicity

Balancing Positional Power and Personal Power


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Quote to Think About

 

“If you are not prepared to be wrong, you’ll never come up with anything original.”

-- Sir Ken Robinson


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