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Toastmasters Speech CC#5 – “The power of anticipation”

Toastmasters Speech CC#5 – “The power of anticipation”

This is my 5th project from the Toastmasters International Competent Communication manual. According to the “Competent Communication” manual, the project is titled, “Your Body Speaks.”

Here are the objectives of project #5:

  • Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech’s purpose.
  • Make your body language smooth and natural.

Stage Set up

If you’ve been following my Toastmasters journey thus far, you might have observed that my club utilizes a “U-shape” stage. This table setup allows the speaker to take up as much space as they want. It forces speakers to be mindful of their position on the stage and be surgical about their eye contact with the audience.

For this speech, my club decided to switch our usual table set up from a wide “U-shape” layout to a traditional two-row set up.
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My first Toastmasters International Speech Contest – Humorous Speech: “Thanks Mom and Dad”

My first Toastmasters International Speech Contest – Humorous Speech: “Thanks Mom and Dad”

Four speeches into my Toastmasters experience, I was presented with the opportunity to compete at the Club level. When the VP of Education presented the contest opportunity to the club, I instinctively raised my hand and volunteered. Related: TM Speech 1, TM Speech 2, TM Speech 3, TM Speech 4.

As I contemplated volunteering, I thought to myself, “What do I have to lose?” The answer was…nothing. I rationalized that the opportunity cost of not competing outweighed the risk of competing. Additionally, by speaking in a competitive setting, I expose myself to a new opportunity and challenge.
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