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Toastmasters Speech CC# 3 – “I love drugs”

Toastmasters Speech CC# 3 – “I love drugs”

This is my third speech from the Toastmasters International Competent Communication manual. The objectives for this speech are to:

  • Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes
  • Organize the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes
  • Ensure the beginning, body, and conclusion reinforce the purposes
  • Project sincerity and conviction and control any nervousness you may feel
  • Time: 5-7 minutes

For this speech, I wanted to engage the audience before I started speaking. I leveraged an interesting, thought-provoking title to grab the audience’s attention. I decided to title this speech “I love drugs.”
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Define your abstract with a list

Define your abstract with a list

We see lists everywhere. I know there are numerous articles floating through your Facebook and Twitter feed that look like this: “7 successful habits you need to do,” or “8 tips for getting your summer body,” or “5 hottest stocks in tech you need to invest in NOW.”

Lists permeate every aspect of our lives. From religion, to work policies, to productivity. We almost cannot escape them.

In our defense, there are psychological benefits to lists. Here are a few: Continue reading

Toastmasters speech #2 – “Did you see what I said?”

Toastmasters speech #2 – “Did you see what I said?”

For this Toastmasters speech, I discussed 5 key nonverbal communication cues and how they can be useful for becoming a more competent communicator

To delineate between verbal communication, and nonverbal communication, I wanted to try a different approach to an opener.

My emphasis was on my voice. If I was on a stage, I would have opened up with it completely black. However, I did not have that luxury. Thus I needed to have a creative way to highlight the two forms of communication.
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