Every story should have a heroine or hero, however, if that knight in shining armor is always you, your audience will quickly turn you off. As my dad used to say, “there is nothing new under the sun”. Speak about your experiences, but also mention where when and how you got that bit of wisdom. That bit of information is always music to the ear of the listener. A fellow Toastmasters once told me every question that is unanswered in your speech becomes a distraction. I learned that painful lesson after a Regional Contest in Pasadena California. There was so much more my audience wanted to know about the rest of the story. I can still remember one of the most important I had to answer, “who would I say was heroine or hero in my story”. That is one question your audience should never have to ask.
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