Astronomers and photographers love the light and shadow of winter for beautiful pictures.
Often in speeches we in toastmasters are challenged to be inspiring. We don’t have a camera but we must paint a picture that is dramatic, magnetic, and memorable. Thankfully we are in an atmosphere where we are able to hone that ability to create and present speeches.
What speeches have challenged you or even do you remember more than a month later?
One speech I heard and clasped to my heart had a simple message. It was about attitude, and being thankful. I heard that speech and the message pierced me. I could not recount it to you but the message has lingered. Many times I have been reminded to count my blessings before relenting to negative thoughts.
In giving speeches I have talked about Toastmaster challenges, what it is like for someone to be waiting for an organ transplant (what a powerful speech that was, and in practicing my wife Sue inspired me on to end the speech so everyone was hanging on edge waiting for more), and other personal topics. I have talked about my first date with my wife, the interesting life of W.C. Fields and even recited ” The ballad of Cow Patti!”
In life and in toastmasters – seek to be inspired; and to inspire others. Your life and toastmasters dividends will be many. I think that toastmasters is a real opportunity to serve and be served. Take advantage of both to really achieve.