April 29, 2012

Becoming Club President Changes You

leader and minionsby Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012, CC

I didn't expect to become the President of Goodyear Toastmasters, especially just months after joining. Somehow, I got nominated and then elected. I knew I could fill the role but still felt awkward.

Modesty

At the start of club meetings, we introduce ourselves. In the beginning, I was reluctant to say I was President. I didn't want to look superior to other members. I'm more of a servant leader. Titles don't matter. Being President doesn't make you better at Table Topics or speaking. Yet titles raise expectations.

Within weeks, I became comfortable stating my position in person and on LinkedIn. It's funny how a title bestows more authority. Your opinions carry more weight. I knew that happened from my years in the corporate world. I had 10 staff and indirect influence over dozens more.

Mandate

Now I feel proud of the role and what we've achieved in our club. If you want to run for club executive, have an inspiring vision in mind backed by a plan that can be implemented within a year.

My focus was on leaving a legacy that the 30 year old Goodyear Toastmasters club could celebrate in 10 years on our 40th anniversary. This required replacing the website and embracing social media to accumulate our history (see the living legacy Viewpoint).

The Meetup group is successful. Twitter is sporadic (@gytm81). This blog is doing well (this is the 49th post!) and traffic is growing (but there are too few contributors). Some members have put videos on our YouTube channel.

Overall

Overall, I feel more confident due to being President. I'm perceived as a better speaker. My LinkedIn profile looks more credible too. The overall experience has been excellent.

A club role may be ideal for you. There are positions for different levels of experience (including none). If don't want to run but get nominated, please don't reject the nomination without suitable consideration. You’ll lose an opportunity to make a difference and improve yourself.

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Promod Sharma is the President of Goodyear Toastmasters from July 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012 (promodsharma.com).

April 28, 2012

Running A Club Election

votingby Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012, CC

This is post is specifically about Goodyear Toastmasters but our process can apply to other clubs. We've already appointed an Election Chair and held an Election Panel.

Election Chair

The Election Chair oversees the whole election process. This includes informing/motivating members, collecting nominations and running the election. Our Chair is a former club President who is not running for a position.

Election Panel

Members may not know
  • the specifics of an executive role
  • the profile of a suitable candidate
As a result, members --- especially new ones --- may feel a role is beyond their capabilities.

To overcome these concerns, we had an election panel in which the current executive explained and answered questions.

Since some members were unable to attend and others might want a refresher, we put a video on YouTube. I can't share the link since the video is candid and some people get concerned about being filmed. That means viewing is restricted to club members.

Nominations

The Election Chair will send additional details to members and answer questions. The names of nominees are not announced until the time of the election. That means there is no formal campaigning.

Exceeding Expectations

If a club has problems, you can likely make improvements and get labeled a hero. What if the club is already running well? Candidates may wonder how to exceed the already high expectations. This is a false concern. Improvements can always be made.

The unexpected happens too. During this term, there were rumours that our room rental rates might skyrocket. That could have required an unwelcome boost in membership fees. Luckily, nothing materialized.

Voting

The club has excellent members which will make voting challenging. Members who do not get elected can still participate.

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Promod Sharma has been in other groups which do not run elections as smoothly. He blogs about marketing and risk.

April 22, 2012

How To Discuss Taboo Topics

speak no evilby Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012, CC

You can discuss taboo topics in Toastmasters if you're inventive. What you want to achieve? That's the core question.

Let's say you want to talk about politics. What's your goal?
  • Do you want to test your persuasive skills?
  • Do you want feedback on the logic of your arguments?
  • Are you trying to share your passion?

Your approach would vary for each.

Persuasion

If your topic is controversial, you'll have difficulty convincing members with strong opinions. Why not let them persuade themselves?

You could give a Viewpoint. Here you share you give background and your opinions for a few minutes. The Chair then leads a group discussion. You take notes and summarize the results at the end.

A Debate is another option. Here attendees think of arguments to support their side and negate their opponents. The discussions tend to be lively but not deep. The goal is to win rather than have a civilized discourse.

Involving your audience gives you a better understanding of how others think. You will likely see that opinions vary. You might even change your own thinking.

Logic

If you want to test the logic of your arguments, get group feedback. With a Viewpoint, the Chair runs most of the segment. You may wish to maintain control by giving a Lesson instead. Express your thoughts and leave enough time for a group discussion (which you lead).

Perhaps you want the audience to role play. Perhaps you want us to pretend that we're undecided voters or opposing voters.

Passions

You might be passionate about a polarizing topic like abortion. Remember that your Toastmasters club is a place for you to develop your skills. Your topic may get in the way and prevent you from getting better.
When you're passionate, your enthusiasm will affect the audience. You might not see flaws in your thinking because you see your views as "obvious". You could easily be wrong.

If your topic is controversial, you may get labeled a zealot. How does that help you going forward?

Substitution

You may be better results by discussing an uncontentious topic instead. Perhaps a topic that members know little about. For instance, you might talk about a hobby like woodworking. Since you know the subject, you can focus on developing your skills.

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Promod Sharma has used Toastmasters to discuss topics ranging from the boring (e.g., insurance) to the polarizing (e.g., social media). His website is at promodsharma.com.

April 19, 2012

What Goes Wrong When Presenting Outside Your Club

by Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012, CC

What went wrong?

You practiced your presentation in your club but you made many mistakes in your delivery outside. You know because you recorded yourself. How could you get worse? Let's explore what goes wrong.

Cocoon

Your club is a warm, friendly environment (if not, look for another club). You know the members and they know you. You're familiar with the layout of the room and the equipment.

Outside

Outside is different. You may not know anyone where you're speaking. Traffic may have frazzled your nerves en route to the event. Construction, accidents and traffic jams occur at the most awkward times.
You may never have seen the venue before. The room layout may have obstructions. The audience may be closer or further away than you'd like. The microphone may be fixed to the podium rather than wearable. The sound system may be weak or cause distortion.

You may not have time to setup because another speaker is preceding you and you prefer to use your own equipment.

Example

Here's an example of a recent presentation. I was setup but an organizer did a brief presentation first. There wasn't enough time to put both presentations on the same computer. I could only setup again after getting introduced and there was a slight glitch (which I removed from the video). This made the introduction more stressful and less impactful.

The camera angle is awkward but I needed a spot that didn't obstruct the audience's view or pick up sound from the projector's fan.

I used more crutchwords than usual. I'm glad there's no royalty for "so". Some sentences should have been been split up. After all, periods are free. I lost my train of thought on occasion. I have better answers to questions now than at the time.


Whatever

Despite the shortcomings, the audience was satisfied. We tend to be more critical of ourselves then they are.  They didn't know that I forgot to deliver my summary after the question period. They do know that, my microphone transmitter fell to the floor with a thump. That's embarrassing but not a show-stopper. A show-pauser perhaps?

If you don't record yourself, your memory will distort the events. You may think you're better or worse than you were. Either way, you lose an opportunity to improve.

Keep practicing in your club. You may never be as comfortable outside but you will get better.

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Promod Sharma posts nearly all his presentations and other resources online at http://www.promodsharma.com/presentations.

April 15, 2012

Thoughts On The Theme: Write A Book

portable typewriterby Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012

At Goodyear Toastmasters, the Chair picks the theme for the meeting. I had this role this week and chose Write A Book. You’ll find more details here.

Members with key roles provide their thoughts on the theme to the
  • Chair: Table Topics Master, Debates Master, Lesson Master, Viewpoint Master, Toastmaster, or
  • Toastmaster: General Evaluator, each speaker
The Chair or Toastmaster reads the thoughts when introducing the club member. Examples follow.

Thoughts From The Table Topics Master

This is what Magie wrote:
The title of my book would be “The Hard Asked Questions”. It would be recommended for married couples or those who plan to get married. My book would cover controversial questions that you dare to ask your significant other. It encourages open communication to help couples get to know each other better in your not-so-typical discussions. It would be located in the self-help section in the book store right beside Dr. Phil’s book called “Relationship Rescue”.

Thoughts From The Toastmaster

This is what Ed wrote:
My new novel is about a homeless man who kicks a can out of anger and frustration one cold night. He hears a rattling inside the can and empties it into his palm. A shriveled green pea falls into his hand. Something beyond his understanding compels him to make a wish. A most incredible, supernatural tale unfolds at this point but I shall not ruin the rest of the story for you. The book is called, " The Old Can and the Pea". My pen name is Bernie Hemway and I'm self-publishing because most publishers don't know a good story when they read it. Look for it in paperback. No tree has every saved me from anything.
 

Thoughts from the General Evaluator

This is what Jonathan wrote (not read due to timing constraints):
I LOVE writing - no joke! When I was less than 10 years old I started writing a Pokemon story that was nearly 100 pages long, handwritten (never finished it). I've been in the process of writing a fantasy novel for the past couple of years but so far I've really only worked on the backstory for it - hope to be able to take that a little more seriously!
As you can see, these thoughts are well-considered and diverse. They are also lengthy, which can affect the meeting timing.

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Promod Sharma generally limits his thoughts on the theme to a sentence or two. He wants to write a book. Here’s why and how.

April 14, 2012

Toastmaster Roles: Chair

by Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012

The Chair is responsible for making sure the Toastmasters meeting runs smoothly. This is the most complicated role of all and involves
  1. Picking the meeting theme
  2. Filling the roles
  3. Running the meeting
As an example, we'll use a meeting the day before Friday the 13th. I was the Chair this time.

Picking The Theme

Each meeting has a unifying theme. At Goodyear Toastmasters, the Chair decides. This week started with Easter Monday and ended with Friday the 13th. Three members were on vacation. We meet on Thursday evenings for two hours.

This is what I sent members.
Our Theme could be Friday the 13th Eve (an uncelebrated event), Taxes (but that's depressing) or Chocolate (if the Easter Bunny dropped visited you). Instead, our theme is Writing A Book. What would you write about? What's the title? Why would anyone want to read it? How would you market your book? Would you self-publish or look for a traditional publisher? Would you save trees by having only an ebook? [Pretend that you can write and want to write, even if you can't and don't.]
Generally, the theme will be used by the Table Topics Master, Quotes Master, Humour Master and Trivia Master. They also provide their thoughts on the theme.


Filling The Roles

Each meeting as different roles. Mine had 17. I was responsible for filling them. The VP of Education assigns the roles a month in advance but there are usually changes. Since waiting for confirmation complicates the Chair’s role, I set an expiry date and time. Unclaimed roles go to whoever asks first.

Three days before the meeting, 8 roles were unclaimed. Two days prior, 6 roles were unclaimed. That may look horrible (and it isn't great) but members volunteers to help. One day before the meeting, only one role was unclaimed. The day of the meeting, all roles were filled.


Running The Meeting

Much of the Chair's work is done prior to the meeting. There may be last minute issues. If a member with an assigned role doesn't show up, the Chair finds a replacement or makes adjustments.

The Chair is responsible for getting the meeting started on time. That’s easy because the Sargent At Arms does this. The challenge is finishing on time.

The timing is tricky. This meeting looked fine but the Business Session took longer because of a motion ("Members are to wear black to the next meeting") with an amendment ("and sunglasses"). This was inspired by the Men In Black films. Both the amendment and motion were defeated but the discussions took time.

I shortened the Break to keep on track. However, a speaker required the projector. Normally equipment is setup before the meeting but this speaker request the setup in advance or arrive early. A seven minute delay resulted.

The Toastmaster attempted to close the gap by asking Evaluators to give their evaluations from their seats rather than coming to the podium. The Toastmaster also skipped the Thoughts On The Theme from the General Evaluator.

The overall meeting finished five minutes late. That's not a huge deal but as Chair, I like to finish on time.


Clear?

That's how the role of Chair works. You probably won't be assigned this role until you're ready. Even if you're experienced, there are still challenges. There's also the pleasure of being in charge.


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Promod Sharma is working his first book. The topic is Trust And You. He hasn’t written a word but has setup trustandyou.com and @trustandyou to start the marketing.

April 8, 2012

A Preamble Weakens Your Speech

by Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012

Building rapport with your audience is essential, but how? One common way is to thank the introducer and make irrelevant comments. Telling a joke falls into this category. Common doesn't mean optimal.

The Big Stage
There's another way: Get into your talk. At big events, you may notice the speaker enters from the side of the stage away from the introducer. While the audience claps, the speaker gets into position. After a pause, the speaker starts. This gives the speaker maximum impact and control. 

Common
Contrast that with thanking everyone and giving a preamble about what you're going to talk about or other miscellaneous thoughts. You're building rapport but you're not building anticipation. 

Concerts start with the music. There's time for the "How are you all doin'? It's great to be back in (fill in the blank)." later in the performance. 

Movies and stories don't start with a roadmap. They grab you at the start and draw you in. Your speech can too.

Backstory
Your audience may be interested in the backstory to your speech. Where did you get the idea? How did you go about preparing? What mishaps did you encounter? What did you take out? What else do you want the audience to know?

In a movie, there’s the Director's Commentary. In a book, there are footnotes. For a speech, there's a blog. 

A blog gives you unlimited space to augment what you did on stage. You can post a video recording and add your commentary. I've done this. For example, here is a behind-the-scenes look and a backstory. What do you think?

When you remove the preamble, you maximize the impact of your performance and enhance your digital tapestry. For some, your backstory may prove to be more interesting and lasting than your actual speech. 

Promod ("pro-MODE") Sharma blogs about marketing and risk.

April 7, 2012

Three Steps To Get Understood Better

by Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012

No matter what you do, you will be misunderstood. Everyone is but you're not powerless. These three steps reduce the risk.
  1. Simplify your content
  2. Energize your delivery
  3. Practice in your club

Simplify Your Content
You know your content but what's "obvious" to you may baffle your audience. It's very easy to include too much content without realizing you have. You might leave out intermediate steps that lead to your conclusion. You may make references that aren't universally understood or that have multiple meanings.

Reducing your content to the essentials adds impact to your message. TED Talks provide excellent examples of what you can do in 18 minutes or less.

Energize Your Delivery
When you have less content, you have less to remember. Now look for ways to add impact to your delivery. Your Toastmaster manuals give tips. Use vocal variety.

Record yourself on video. During the playback, step out of your body and pretend you're watching a stranger. What would you change?

Practice In Your Club
Arrange to practice in your club. At Goodyear Toastmasters, we have a weekly 15-20 minute segment for a Lesson, Debate or Viewpoint. That's ideal. There's enough time to speak for 10 minutes and get suggestions from members. I have used this facility several times.

How do you get on the agenda? The best way is through the VP of Education. Ours sets the schedule a month in advance. Another way is by contacting the meeting Chair in advance.

The group feedback is especially valuable since you're getting an appraisal of both your content and delivery. You still won't be understood by everyone but you'll get suggestions on how to increase your chances.

Promod Sharma is an actuary who keeps looking for ways to be understood (www.promodsharma.com).

April 1, 2012

Overcome The Chaos Of English Pronunciation And Spelling

chaoticby Jada Nash, Treasurer 2011-2012

English is a tough language to speak and spell. The following poem by Gerard Nolst Trenité summarizes some of the challenges. How about practicing a verse a day?

The Chaos

Dearest creature in creation
Studying English pronunciation,
I will teach you in my verse
Sounds like corpse, corps, horse and worse.

I will keep you, Susy, busy,
Make your head with heat grow dizzy;
Tear in eye, your dress you'll tear;
Queer, fair seer, hear my prayer.


Pray, console your loving poet,
Make my coat look new, dear, sew it!
Just compare heart, hear and heard,
Dies and diet, lord and word.


Sword and sward, retain and Britain
(Mind the latter how it's written).
Made has not the sound of bade,
Say-said, pay-paid, laid but plaid.

Now I surely will not plague you
With such words as vague and ague,
But be careful how you speak,
Say: gush, bush, steak, streak, break, bleak ,


Previous, precious, fuchsia, via
Recipe, pipe, studding-sail, choir;
Woven, oven, how and low,
Script, receipt, shoe, poem, toe.

Say, expecting fraud and trickery:
Daughter, laughter and Terpsichore,
Branch, ranch, measles, topsails, aisles,
Missiles, similes, reviles.


Wholly, holly, signal, signing,
Same, examining, but mining,
Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
Solar, mica, war and far.

From "desire": desirable-admirable from "admire",
Lumber, plumber, bier, but brier,
Topsham, brougham, renown, but known,
Knowledge, done, lone, gone, none, tone,


One, anemone, Balmoral,
Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel.
Gertrude, German, wind and wind,
Beau, kind, kindred, queue, mankind,


Tortoise, turquoise, chamois-leather,
Reading, Reading, heathen, heather.
This phonetic labyrinth
Gives moss, gross, brook, brooch, ninth, plinth.

Have you ever yet endeavoured
To pronounce revered and severed,
Demon, lemon, ghoul, foul, soul,
Peter, petrol and patrol?


Billet does not end like ballet;
Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
Blood and flood are not like food,
Nor is mould like should and would.


Banquet is not nearly parquet,
Which exactly rhymes with khaki.
Discount, viscount, load and broad,
Toward, to forward, to reward,


Ricocheted and crocheting, croquet?
Right! Your pronunciation's OK.
Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
Friend and fiend, alive and live.

Is your r correct in higher?
Keats asserts it rhymes Thalia.
Hugh, but hug, and hood, but hoot,
Buoyant, minute, but minute.

Say abscission with precision,
Now: position and transition;
Would it tally with my rhyme
If I mentioned paradigm?


Twopence, threepence, tease are easy,
But cease, crease, grease and greasy?
Cornice, nice, valise, revise,
Rabies, but lullabies.

Of such puzzling words as nauseous,
Rhyming well with cautious, tortious,
You'll envelop lists, I hope,
In a linen envelope.

Would you like some more? You'll have it!
Affidavit, David, davit.
To abjure, to perjure. Sheik
Does not sound like Czech but ache.


Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
Rachel, loch, moustache, eleven.
We say hallowed, but allowed,
People, leopard, towed but vowed.

Mark the difference, moreover,
Between mover, plover, Dover.
Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
Chalice, but police and lice,


Camel, constable, unstable,
Principle, disciple, label.
Petal, penal, and canal,
Wait, surmise, plait, promise, pal,


Suit, suite, ruin. Circuit, conduit
Rhyme with "shirk it" and "beyond it",
But it is not hard to tell
Why it's pall, mall, but Pall Mall.


Muscle, muscular, gaol, iron,
Timber, climber, bullion, lion,
Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
Senator, spectator, mayor,


Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
Has the a of drachm and hammer.
Pussy, hussy and possess,
Desert, but desert, address.


Golf, wolf, countenance, lieutenants
Hoist in lieu of flags left pennants.
Courier, courtier, tomb, bomb, comb,
Cow, but Cowper, some and home.

"Solder, soldier! Blood is thicker",
Quoth he, "than liqueur or liquor",
Making, it is sad but true,
In bravado, much ado.


Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
Neither does devour with clangour.
Pilot, pivot, gaunt, but aunt,
Font, front, wont, want, grand and grant.


Arsenic, specific, scenic,
Relic, rhetoric, hygienic.
Gooseberry, goose, and close, but close,
Paradise, rise, rose, and dose.

Say inveigh, neigh, but inveigle,
Make the latter rhyme with eagle.
Mind! Meandering but mean,
Valentine and magazine.

And I bet you, dear, a penny,
You say mani-(fold) like many,
Which is wrong. Say rapier, pier,
Tier (one who ties), but tier.


Arch, archangel; pray, does erring
Rhyme with herring or with stirring?
Prison, bison, treasure trove,
Treason, hover, cover, cove,


Perseverance, severance. Ribald
Rhymes (but piebald doesn't) with nibbled.
Phaeton, paean, gnat, ghat, gnaw,
Lien, psychic, shone, bone, pshaw.

Don't be down, my own, but rough it,
And distinguish buffet, buffet;
Brood, stood, roof, rook, school, wool, boon,
Worcester, Boleyn, to impugn.

Say in sounds correct and sterling
Hearse, hear, hearken, year and yearling.
Evil, devil, mezzotint,
Mind the z! (A gentle hint.)

Now you need not pay attention
To such sounds as I don't mention,
Sounds like pores, pause, pours and paws,
Rhyming with the pronoun yours;

Nor are proper names included,
Though I often heard, as you did,
Funny rhymes to unicorn,
Yes, you know them, Vaughan and Strachan.

No, my maiden, coy and comely,
I don't want to speak of Cholmondeley.
No. Yet Froude compared with proud
Is no better than McLeod.

But mind trivial and vial,
Tripod, menial, denial,
Troll and trolley, realm and ream,
Schedule, mischief, schism, and scheme.


Argil, gill, Argyll, gill. Surely
May be made to rhyme with Raleigh,
But you're not supposed to say
Piquet rhymes with sobriquet.

Had this invalid invalid
Worthless documents? How pallid,
How uncouth he, couchant, looked,
When for Portsmouth I had booked!


Zeus, Thebes, Thales, Aphrodite,
Paramour, enamoured, flighty,
Episodes, antipodes,
Acquiesce, and obsequies.

Please don't monkey with the geyser,
Don't peel 'taters with my razor,
Rather say in accents pure:
Nature, stature and mature.


Pious, impious, limb, climb, glumly,
Worsted, worsted, crumbly, dumbly,
Conquer, conquest, vase, phase, fan,
Wan, sedan and artisan.

The th will surely trouble you
More than r, ch or w.
Say then these phonetic gems:
Thomas, thyme, Theresa, Thames.


Thompson, Chatham, Waltham, Streatham,
There are more but I forget 'em-
Wait! I've got it: Anthony,
Lighten your anxiety.

The archaic word albeit
Does not rhyme with eight-you see it;
With and forthwith, one has voice,
One has not, you make your choice.


Shoes, goes, does *. Now first say: finger;
Then say: singer, ginger, linger.
Real, zeal, mauve, gauze and gauge,
Marriage, foliage, mirage, age,


Hero, heron, query, very,
Parry, tarry fury, bury,
Dost, lost, post, and doth, cloth, loth,
Job, Job, blossom, bosom, oath.


Faugh, oppugnant, keen oppugners,
Bowing, bowing, banjo-tuners
Holm you know, but noes, canoes,
Puisne, truism, use, to use?

Though the difference seems little,
We say actual, but victual,
Seat, sweat, chaste, caste, Leigh, eight, height,
Put, nut, granite, and unite.


Reefer does not rhyme with deafer,
Feoffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
Dull, bull, Geoffrey, George, ate, late,
Hint, pint, senate, but sedate.


Gaelic, Arabic, pacific,
Science, conscience, scientific;
Tour, but our, dour, succour, four,
Gas, alas, and Arkansas.

Say manoeuvre, yacht and vomit,
Next omit, which differs from it
Bona fide, alibi
Gyrate, dowry and awry.


Sea, idea, guinea, area,
Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean,
Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

Compare alien with Italian,
Dandelion with battalion,
Rally with ally; yea, ye,
Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, key, quay!

Say aver, but ever, fever,
Neither, leisure, skein, receiver.
Never guess-it is not safe,
We say calves, valves, half, but Ralf.


Starry, granary, canary,
Crevice, but device, and eyrie,
Face, but preface, then grimace,
Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.


Bass, large, target, gin, give, verging,
Ought, oust, joust, and scour, but scourging;
Ear, but earn; and ere and tear
Do not rhyme with here but heir.

Mind the o of off and often
Which may be pronounced as orphan,
With the sound of saw and sauce;
Also soft, lost, cloth and cross.


Pudding, puddle, putting. Putting?
Yes: at golf it rhymes with shutting.
Respite, spite, consent, resent.
Liable, but Parliament.


Seven is right, but so is even,
Hyphen, roughen, nephew, Stephen,
Monkey, donkey, clerk and jerk,
Asp, grasp, wasp, demesne, cork, work.


A of valour, vapid vapour,
S of news (compare newspaper),
G of gibbet, gibbon, gist,
I of antichrist and grist,

Differ like diverse and divers,
Rivers, strivers, shivers, fivers.
Once, but nonce, toll, doll, but roll,
Polish, Polish, poll and poll.

Pronunciation-think of Psyche!-
Is a paling, stout and spiky.
Won't it make you lose your wits
Writing groats and saying "grits"?

It's a dark abyss or tunnel
Strewn with stones like rowlock, gunwale,
Islington, and Isle of Wight,
Housewife, verdict and indict.

Don't you think so, reader, rather,
Saying lather, bather, father?
Finally, which rhymes with enough,
Though, through, bough, cough, hough, sough, tough??


Hiccough has the sound of sup...
My advice is: GIVE IT UP!

Shortcut

If you’d made it this far, you deserve a way to compare. Enjoy!



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Jada Nash is the Treasurer of Goodyear Toastmasters. She was previously President and winner of the coveted Rudy Award.