2 down, (n – 2) to go.

15Dec08

A Toastmasters update for my faithful readers! I have finished the first two projects in the Competent Communication manual.

On November 3rd I presented my ice breaker speech, a 4 to 6 minute speech introducing myself to the group. The objectives of the first project are (1) to begin speaking before an audience, and (2) to discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention. I was fairly nervous, but the speech came off better than I expected. I managed not to pass out and fall over the podium, and I met the two objectives.

My mentor’s feedback on my ice breaker praised my use of humor, and my honesty and sincerity. His suggestions focused on not hanging on to the podium (which I did to avoid falling over).

Today I completed project number two, “Organize Your Speech”. The project is a 5 to 7 minute speech with the following objectives:

  • Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.
  • Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message.
  • Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another.
  • Create a strong opening and conclusion.

I was more nervous for this presentation, and I chalk that up to not putting as much prep time in. We’ve been stupid-busy, so I drafted a pretty quick outline, introduction and conclusion over the last few days and ran through the speech 4 or 5 times this morning. My mentor (Orv) evaluated again and suggested I work on my vocal emphasis and inflection. The group seemed to appreciate the topic, content and organization.

My takeaways so far:

  • Prep, prep, prep! This will help control my anxiousness.
  • Work on vocal inflection and gestures.
  • Getting to the meeting and standing in front of the group is the hardest part for me.

Project 3 is titled “Get to the Point”. I am scheduled to present again on February 2nd.

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One Response to “2 down, (n – 2) to go.”

  1. 1 Kara Gloe

    Proud of you baby! I bet you are fantastic and hardly give yourself the credit your deserve.

    But what really counts, is that you are up doing something that is difficult for you in order to better yourself. That’s hard to find these days: a willingness to work hard to get what you want, instead of an expectation that it will just show up. For that, you have my admiration!


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