This article is part of The Ice-Breaker Series: a documentary of my journey through Toastmasters in pursuit of becoming a better public speaker.
Hello everyone! I hope life is treating you well. Today I’m sharing my recent Toastmaster’s speech with you. If you’re new here, I joined Toastmasters last summer and have been documenting my progress on my blog. My goal is to help you become a better public speaker (and maybe even encourage you to join Toastmasters) by sharing my experience with you.
Here’s my 4th speech:
Speaker: Scott Mackes
Evaluator: Jason Gold
Here’s some of the feedback I received from my fellow Toastmasters:
Good content. Entrepreneurship is a subject I’m passionate about so I enjoyed creating and delivering the content.
Engaged audience by asking questions. I asked a few questions throughout the speech to involve the audience. I wanted to make sure everyone was awake.
Good eye contact. I tried my best to look at everyone in the room while I was talking.
Improvements to make:
Establish authority. A club member introduced me before I spoke. I wrote the introduction quickly on a piece of paper before my speech. I should have provided more information on my background to qualify myself to the audience.
Move with a purpose. I received many critiques from the other members saying I should “move with a purpose.” One member said I looked “nonchalant.” After watching the video, it appears I should have stood in place more often. Pacing around is a habit I have to break. I welcome your suggestions.
Ensure message is relevant to speech topic. In Toastmasters, there are 10 speeches you must give to become a “Competent Communicator.” The objectives for the speeches are listed in the Toastmaster’s manual. To be honest, I didn’t read the objectives until after writing my speech. Even though this was a topic I wanted to discuss, I should have read the objectives first.
Overall, I enjoyed giving the speech. I felt like a business school professor, which was pretty cool. It feels good to have completed my 4th speech; I feel like I’m moving forward.
What are your thoughts? I’d love your feedback in the comment section below.
Scott Mackes is a leader, coach, and founder of the blog Margin of Excellence. A U.S. Navy veteran and graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Scott’s mission is to help others lead remarkable journeys. Connect with Scott on facebook and twitter.
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