What is your topic? How do you find your inner voice?

by Megan K. Whitney

Are you ready to bring your “A-Game” to the show? The second half of the Toastmasters 2017-2018 year is here, which means the International Speech Contest is quickly approaching. Toastmasters around the world will weigh speech topics as they prepare to compete. What will appeal to thousands of people around the world, while also leaving a lasting impression that touches their soul? This is a question you must answer. You should also ask yourself the following questions: What touches your soul? What are you passionate about? What can you teach others? How can you make others think?

Blog posts such as “Winning the Toastmasters Speech Contest” and “Toastmasters: Lessons From The International Speech Contest” may give you some ideas about how to craft your speech may be helpful. Even better, you could watch the speeches that Darren Tay Wen Jie and Manoj Vasudevan, 2016 and 2017 winners of the World Championship of Public Speaking©, gave to become top dog.

Focusing on opposite concepts may also help you tee up your speech. For example, your experiences relating to the known and unknown, bravery and fear, victory and failure, leading and following, may inspire you to develop a speech that will inspire others. Determine what is best for you and forge ahead.

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Megan Whitney (CC/CL) is an editor for the District 27 Public Relations team and is the past Vice President of Education and current Treasurer for Challenger Toastmasters, which meets at Asahi Restaurant in Courthouse Plaza (2500 Clarendon Boulevard, Suite G), Arlington, Va., at 7 PM on the first and third Tuesday of the month

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