Learnings From Three Public Speaking Competition Finalists

Learnings From Three Public Speaking Competition Finalists

Last week, Women L.E.A.D. Toastmasters hosted a panel on “Mastering Communication | Learn from the Stars of Public Speaking.”

All three women had their unique speaking styles. I enjoyed Luisa’s southern Texan boldness, Maureen’s engineering detail-oriented way of painting her story, and Lindy’s compassion and vulnerability on screen. After hearing our panel, here are some key takeaways: 

“WHY” Participate in Toastmasters: 

  • Sometimes the best material is about uncovering what’s already there. Fear went in and fortitude came out. Nudge, push, never the same.
  • Live to give! Delivering impact is more important than winning the trophy.
  • We are in an era of forgiving. Toastmasters is where we go practice and fail; and it’s where leaders are made.

Grow with Feedback

  • Let that feedback help shape the learnings and you will grow with the process. 
  • You can get feedback from everyone or anyone, but are you receptive of the feedback?
  • Willingness to do what’s different.

Material Development

  • Message is key. Any message that changes someone’s life is profound and can be simple.
  • Sometimes the message is not what I want to share, but what I need to hear – for me, from me. 
  • A great speech isn’t written – it’s rewritten
  • Make them laugh. Make them cry. Make them laugh. Then Leave.
  • No more than 700 words for an international speech. 

Additional Useful Resources: 

Hope to see you at our next meeting on Dec 23rd 7-8:15pm PST.

, Learnings From Three Public Speaking Competition Finalists

Agenda can be found here:

, Learnings From Three Public Speaking Competition Finalists

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