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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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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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My first Toastmasters speech, the “Icebreaker”

My first Toastmasters speech, the “Icebreaker”

As a young ling, I abhorred the very thought of public speaking. The notion alone was enough to trigger my “fight or flight response.” I would sweat, shake, and get nervous. Consequently, I avoided any situations involving public speaking.

Eventually, I was forced to overcome that fear when I became involved with my fraternity, Omega Xi Delta. In a small fraternity of about 20 or so distinguished gentlemen, everyone has to speak in public in some way shape or form to promote the fraternity.

After college, I was hired into my current role as a Software Sales Consultant. As a Sales Consultant, most of my job entails giving presentations. I present to customers, peers, and other sales professionals. As you can imagine, I present a lot. Because of my job, I am now comfortable speaking in front of a crowd.

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