I compete annually in the Toastmasters’ international speech contest. It’s a guaranteed way to raise your game if you speak in front of audiences of any size. My journey this year ended at the district level, but I took away several lessons along the way:
- I set out to do an “important” speech this year. The people who approached me afterwards to thank me for the message confirmed that I achieved this goal.
- The power of the pause – I learned that you can really make a point sink in with an audience if you stop and allow them to internalize what you just said.
- Setting a goal to do your best is better than setting a goal to “win” in a judged contest. Doing your best is something you can control. (All the speakers in this contest were VERY good by the way.)
This speech was really a blog post brought to life… so many of you readers responded to the post Just Keep Going when it first came out, it compelled me to re-live it on stage and share it as broadly as possible.
Click here to watch the 7-minute video from the Division A contest in Stockton. Let me know what you think, and if there any other Short Stories with a Point that you would like to hear verbalized in the future. I appreciate your feedback!