TOASTMASTERS INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTEST PREPARATION & DELIVERY
Topic Selection – Questions Before Beginning The Process
- Are you passionate about the subject?
- Is this an appropriate subject for this particular audience?
- What will be your Magic Moment?
- Who is the HERO of my story?
- What is the Purpose/Point of the speech?
Types of Speeches:
- Informative: A clear and concise delivery of information of facts.
- Entertaining: Focusing on keeping your audience happy and entertained.
- Persuasive or Motivational: To encourage your audience to take action.
The Two Stages – The Four P’s
- Preparation: The process of documenting and researching your topic.
- Presentation: Practicing and delivering your speech.
The Parts of Your Speech
- Speech Title: Short – Don’t let your title give away the speech
- First Expressions: Effective Openings. (Humor –Thought Provoking)
- Salutations – Place Your Salutations in the first minute (Mr. TM etc – Optional).
- Your check-In Establish a connection with your audience.
- Your High Five – Five lines which tell where your story is heading.
- Conclusion Indication that you are about to close. ( My Fellow Toastmasters)
- Your Take Away – Your Call to Action.
Decide what you want listeners to Think – Feel or Do.
- Your attention getter * Your first sentence* Be provocative*
- Identify with your topic early. Let your audience know where you are heading.
- Get your audience to agree with your point of view. (Read your audience)
- Structure your main points so that your audience can recall them.
The four points of attack: Your 4 H factors:
Head > Heart > Humor > Heavy Lifting – Heavy Lifting – Taking your audience on the journey after you have engaged them with head, heart, and humor.
How to time your speech:
Calculate your rate of speaking. Men average 125 wpm while women average 150 wpm. Some speeches may have averaged 600 -750 while other averaged 800 – 1100
- Five to seven-minute speeches should average 750 to 800 words – for comfort.
- Use single syllable words
- A picture is worth ……..
- With pictures or a prop, you could increase that number significantly.
- Place important words at the beginning or the end of your sentences.
- Use familiar words: Use everyday speaking language.
- Use short sentences: They can be very effective after a long sentence.
- Personalize stories: Speak from the heart.
- Turn the ordinary to extraordinary: Remove unnecessary words.
- Use vivid Language: Use descriptive words. Paint word pictures.
Silence is just as important as the spoken word.
- Pause before and after important ideas.
- If you speak continuously you will lose your audience.
- Strategically placed pauses can say more than words.
- The silence after the pause sends the message.
Make a point – Tell a Story – Make a Point – The Six words that can change the way you speak and deliver your message. The six emotions we all respond to – Happiness, Sadness, Surprise, Anger, Fear, Disgust
Don’t give your speech— Deliver it – Use Martin Joo’s Speech Registers
- Frozen Formal Consultative Casual Intimate – Registers to deliver your message
- Use the platform carefully to lay out your speech. Watch Your Placements.
- Develop a speech storyboard.
- Watch your Vocal Variety and Body language – Your Body Speaks.
- Video Tape and self-evaluate your speech. (Sound on /Sound off)
Don’t Memorize – Internalize Your Speech:
- Practice but don’t memorize the speech. Live it on stage -Be in the moment
- Improve your physical fitness…Your breathing is very important to your delivery
- Speak frequently at other clubs. Stage time… Stage time
- Become familiar with the venue: The lights the sound the stage. Try to get a view of the audience from the speaking area before you are introduced to speak.
- Expect the unexpected. Take advantage of it where possible.