SPEAKING IS INSPIRING
Winston S. Churchill once said, “A good speech should be like a woman’s skirt; long enough to cover the subject and short enough to create interest.”
As speakers go, Churchill was one of the most clever and awe-inspiring of his time, and some would argue of all time. I happen to be in the later camp. There is just something extremely intriguing about a good talk.
Many spend hours and hours watching Youtube videos, or some Netflix series. I, however, get lost for hours listening to TED Talks given by amazing people from around the world covering every topic imaginable.
This for me is incredibly motivating and inspiring. I firmly believe that everyone has a TED Talk in them, and you can learn how to breathe life into yours! This is my quest, my journey. Want to come along?
SO NOW WHAT?
As I mentioned in my last post “Have A Goal & Know Where To Aim” I mentioned a goal of mine was to explore Public Speaking as a hobby to share messages worth spreading and to one day perhaps even turn it into a career.
Once I decided to embark on this journey of speaking, I knew I would have a lot to learn but I am very excited about the process! As if this journey wasn’t ambitious enough, I decided to share this entire process with you.
Starting now and over the course of this coming year, I will be exploring all aspects of Public Speaking. Everything I learn will be shared with you including books, podcasts, and other resources as I come across them. I will also share with you drafts of my speeches, and audio recordings as I prepare.
If you have a passion for speaking or want to learn more about how to pursue your dream of Public Speaking, I encourage you to follow along, let’s explore togeather!
FINDING MY STARTING LINE
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. The most important step in any goal, dream or aspiration is, simply to start!
If I’m going to learn and grow and practice my craft, I was going to need an audience that didn’t judge my weaknesses but offered a kind and supportive feedback structure that would allow me to improve.
My ultimate goal is to one-day climb onto a TED stage somewhere, find my spot on that big red circular carpet, gaze out into an audience of anticipating listeners and then… open my mouth.
I needed to find a road between here and there. However, I don’t expect this journey to be an easy one. In fact, I sort of expect a little turbulence, it will make my success that much more rewarding!
I found my starting line, Toastmasters International!
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. The organization has more than 345,000 memberships. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 15,900 clubs in 142 countries that make up their global network of meeting locations.
By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program.
Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer, they plan and lead, and they give feedback—and accept it. Through the community of learners, they find their path to leadership.
Guess what? If you are interested in joining me on this journey, chances are there is a Toastmasters Club near you! You can FIND A CLUB right now! If you can’t find a Club near you, well you are in luck you can CREATE A CLUB. No more excuses this year can be your year of speaking!
The club I joined is called Keene Toastmasters. Although I have only attended a few meetings so far, I have been welcomed into the group with open arms and have learned so much already about this wonderful world of Speaking.
In the next post, I will share my first prepared speech called “The Icebreaker”. This is the first speech in the Toastmasters speaking series, and it is used as a formal way to introduce myself to the group as a speaker.
It is important to set small achievable goals along the path to your big goal. These mile-marker prepared speeches are an excellent way to track progress and build confidence.
Oh, and just a reminder, at any time if you have any questions or comments feel free to leave in the comments section below!
Let’s Do This!!