Topic for Toastmasters 2009 International Speech Contest
Our club contests need to be complete in District 53, by Feb 27 which only leaves six weeks from this writing to organize, schedule and host our club contests. I have not written a word of my speech yet.
I have observed that speeches with a theme to encourage us in the audience to take step we would not normally take, or are scared of, seem to be the most powerful speeches. Darren's speech in 2001 encouraged us to take the chances in life, feel the ouches and fall forward in spite of failures.
In 2000, Ed Tate took a stand and confronted the rude passenger in the airport. His speech includes the lines "If not now, then when. If not me, then who?"
Craig Valentine reminds us of the value of forgiveness in his "Snakebite" speech. We hurt ourselves when we withhold forgiveness, yet our tendency is to hold onto the past hurts longer than we should.
Which brings me to thoughts for my topic this contest season. What should I do, but don't like doing? I should drink less coffee, eat healthier, exercise regularly, read more widely and enjoy my family more. Now which of these are appropriate for a winning speech topic? I don't know yet.
How about you. What topic will you choose for this 2009 International Speech Contest? Post your thoughts below.