Serious about speech contests? Darren gets questions. Hear his video answer. CLICK to PLAY VIDEO:
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Darren LaCroix, World Champion Speaker
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I agree with you 100%!!!
“What restaurant should I go to?” “Should I marry this person?” “Is my boss being fair to me when he seems so harsh?” ‘Should I buy into Linkedin’s IPO at this price?” When we ask questions of others, whether we realize it or not we’re getting coached. Getting marital advice from someone divorced ten times sounds really stupid. On the other hand, if it’s a big decision, getting coached by somebody who is an expert in the field sounds really smart. Why should public speaking somehow follow a different rule? If I could convince a World Champion of Public Speaking to give me a few pointers I’d be there in a heartbeat. And if I beat you out as a result, then you should find yourself a Darren Lacroix so you could even the playing field. But don’t cry in your beer because I found a Darren and you didn’t!
Getting a coach is about having the courage to be your best … and then living up to that challenge.
As a personal trainer I meet people all the time who think they can “plunk down” their credit card and have me do fitness to them. It does not work that way. You are living proof … it is all about stage time.
I first met you in Houston several years ago when you came to speak at our District 56 conference. You continue to walk the walk and talk the talk the talk that needs talking. Everyone needs a coach.
There is no substitute for stage time or a coach who only wants to help you be the best you can be.
Keep up the good work. You rock.
I can’t believe there is a club that thinks this way! I would run real fast if I ever encountered that problem. In Toastmasters leadership certifications you need to mentor someone. This is one of the fundamental ideas in the club.
Coaching is fair because everyone has the right to get coached. Whether you exercise that right is up to you. Toastmaster contest rules allow professional speakers to compete.
Getting coached by someone like you is certainly an unfair advantage. RIGHT ON! I race motorcycles, and I Iook for any method to achieve an unfair advantage. To say someone shouldn’t be coached waters down the quality of the competition. Do we not want excellence? And how would we do that? EVERYONE at high levels has a coach!
What was unfair in this scenario was that the judges were privy to information that should not have been considered in a TM competition. This group should receive the TM contest manual and abide by the rules and guidelines.
An unfair adantage is when you have judges that are biaised. Anyone that wants to do better uses a
coach. Coaching is simply tackling a big challenge.