Checking my calendar, I realized I have been on quite a long Toastmaster hiatus. I haven’t delivered a speech in almost half a year! With my work assignment coming up, it is time to brush up on those presentation skills!
Project #4 – How to Say It presents a unique challenge. The objective of the speech is to incorporate vivid, descriptive words and rhetorical devices while avoiding jargon. I scratched my head searching for a topic fitting to the prompt.
After some time, a light bulb lit up and I got on writing. Today’s speech is about traveling and donuts. Some places you go for the museums, some for scenery, and others for the food. But not me, I travel for donuts. Almost all of my domestic travel itinerary includes a donut stop. Hmmm, this might be a pattern of an addiction…never mind that, let’s get on with the speech.
For the first time at Toastmaster, I did not bring my speech clutch – AKA note cards. I stood in front of the audience and words rolled off my tongue. Soon I was flashed by the green card (speech met time limit).
Based on the evaluation received, I achieved the speeches’ goal with vivid description of each donut. This made everyone hungry and those already came hungry, even more hungry. Donuts for lunch, please!
Another speech down, just 6 more to go!