I advanced to the area-level in Toastmasters' humorous speech contest | Zach Everson

I advanced to the area-level in Toastmasters’ humorous speech contest

Last week I won my Toastmaster club’s humorous speech contest with a spiel about my dad. I’d share it here, but I never wrote it down. I’m forcing myself to speak without notes, so when preparing my speeches, I just jot down the main points, memorize them, and then rehearse in front of the mirror.

While I was pleased with the content (my dad does give me a lot of fodder), I need to continue to hone my speaking skills.

Before the contest I read a Toastmaster’s book on communicating with body language. It helped a lot—not only to gain my audience’s attention and underscore the points of my speech, but also to dissipate my nervousness. In my previous two speeches I had no idea what to do with my body. Using gestures when speaking provides a physical outlet for anxiety.

Anyway, I’ll be giving my speech again at the area-level contest on September 14. I’ll post the time and place once I get that information.

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3 Responses to I advanced to the area-level in Toastmasters’ humorous speech contest

  1. Mike Berta August 21, 2006 at 8:50 am #

    Congrats on your speech contest win. I’ve hosted and won up to the District level. Good luck!

  2. From Penang Malaysia August 23, 2006 at 8:37 am #

    Wow! congratulation to you, it must be a very outstanding speech.
    Our club’s contest is on tomorrow.

  3. Zach Everson August 24, 2006 at 4:19 pm #

    Thanks! Did you participate in your contest, From Penang? If so, how did you do?

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