Have Vocal Chords, Will Travel

As some of you know, I joined Toastmasters years ago in order to put some spit-shine on my school presentation skills.  This week, I took a break from the school speaking circuit and gave a speech to a local women's club (over 100 ladies in attendance). and I had a great time.  It's always nice when the audience gets your jokes.

Here's how I was introduced:  "Don't let his lack of hair follicles fool you.  Greg Trine is the author of eight books for children, which one reviewer called 'Way more compelling than the phone book.'  Another said he liked them more than a root canal.' and a third said, "These things a chocked full of nouns and verbs."

Get them laughing before you start your speech.  That's my theory.
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Greg Trine is a truly inspirational writer and speaker. When he visited my class, he captivated my students with stories of his challenges and successes as a writer, inspiring them with lessons of perseverance and encouragement. The activities he worked on with them showed how they could embody traits of character just as noble and just as funny as Melvin Beederman's. He was very entertaining, and the evil laugh contest was a hoot!

Kristin R. Gellinck
Fourth Grade Teacher, Rancho Vista Elementary School