It’s spring and 35,000 Toastmasters from around the world are competing for the coveted title of World Champion of Public Speaking. Through a series of contests, 9 finalists will emerge and compete in Las Vegas later this year for the title.
I am not competing this year due to being an Area Governor. I highly recommend taking part in these contests for your personal growth.
For those of you who are, Here are two steps that have helped in my Toastmasters Speech Preparation
Step #1: Choose a truth, statement, or idea that has positively impacted your life.
In past contests I have used:
- Obligation or opportunity
- Keep on driving
- Adapt and advance
They can be longer, but you’ll notice that most of the winning speeches have a key point.
Step #2: Use personal story(s) to illustrate how these truths have impacted your life.
Here is one example.
You may be wondering, “How has this worked for you?”
Year 1: Won three contests and placed third at district. Did not put enough humor in my speech and it was my first time competing.
Year 2: Reached the top 244 in the world. Was told my vocal variety was lacking. Plus, I made a major change the day before and did not practice it enough.
Year 3: I brought my “B” game to the contest and the winner brought his “A” game. Lost at Division. Should have read my article on preparation. 🙂
So yes there is more than just following these two steps, but they will make a great foundation for your speech.
What truth has impacted you? What are some personal stories that illustrated the truth? Put the answers together and you have a jump start on your journey to world champion.