A Toastmasters Journey
Public Speaking For All Occasions – From sun up to Sundown we communicate, some better than others. It is my hope that with this blog, we are able to raise an awareness to the importance of painting word pictures as we speak. Over time, this type of communication will become a natural part of your everyday communication. Come join me on a journey into the world of Visionary Communication.
Let us begin: A good place to start is by identifying your communication strengths as well as the areas you need to improve starting with your instrument – Your voice – have you discovered your tone of voice. Your pace, your pitch and the importance of silence in your delivery. Silence sends the message.
Next, it is important to define your communication goals. What you want to achieve and how you will know when you have achieved it. That’s when you move on to making each goal you have achieved permanent through practice.
- Recognize the elements of a basic speech structure -Starting and ending strong.
- Balance preparation and spontaneity in your delivery – Be natural – be you.
- Demonstrate self-confidence – Make your speech a kind of silent conversation.
- The ice-breaker worksheet is a good place to start – It is your roadmap to success.
ORGANIZE YOUR SPEECH
The four elements of a good speech or story:
- Interesting topic ( Your Anchor)
- Opening – Strong -Direct-Positive
- Body (V1 V2 V3 *V=Vignette)
- Conclusion (Your Take Away Message)
Give your speech an opening, body, and conclusion to effectively communicate your overall purpose. When we communicate we must have a purpose. Also, we should begin to develop our own formula. For Example, a formula for an ice-breaker could be – Where I was – Where I am – Where I am heading. The purpose is to begin revealing yourself to your fellow members. You may want to share a little-known fact about your heritage or hobbies of yours. Conclude with a funny or interesting anecdote that relates to your desire to become a better speaker. Every Toastmaster’s journey begins with their first ice-breaker – a speech they will always remember even long after their journey has ended.