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International Speech Contest A Contestant's View of the Mike Futty, ACB BAC to the Future
First Things First Please turn all cell phones, pagers, iPods, tricorders, communicator badges, and other noisemakers off.
Unexpected noises can ruin a presentation.
You dont want that on your conscience, do you?
Good. Lets Start.
Congratulations to LaShunda Rundles from Dallas, Texas 2008 World Champion of Public Speaking
So, how does it feel to compete?
Its hovers between…
That being said…
What are we going to talk about today? Why People Compete Contest Preparation Going On Stage I Won. Now What? I Lost. Now What?
Why do People Compete?
Fame and Glory
To Get A Message Out
and, to be honest…
simply because theyre asked to.
(which isnt bad)
The real secret to being a good competitive speaker is this:
Forget the Lucite.
Its not about the Lucite.
If you focus on the Trophy
Youve lost focus on what is important…
Its about growing.
Its about the Audience,
connecting with them
and changing them in a Positive Way.
Speech and Competitor Types Evangelist Comedian Hearts and Flowers Teddy Bear Rambo Body Count Happy to Be Here
So, how do you prepare to compete?
Rule Number 1
Know the rules
It is AMAZING how many competitors reach area and division contests who DONT KNOW the rules.
You read the rules when you play Monopoly…
and this is more important!
Read the Rules
Learn the Rules
Become one with the rules
Have a copy of the rules with you at every competition.
Can a competitor videotape a competition?
The rules dont say you cant.
It isnt allowed at the International level due to an agreement with Bill Stevens productions.
If you want to record a competition, make sure you clear it with the Chief Judge in advance
Get a signed release from every competitor you intend to record and provide it to the Chief Judge before you start recording
If they dont sign, you dont record them.
If the Chief Judge doesnt want to allow recording, dont record.
on a personal note…
in the true spirit of Toastmasters
and as a professional courtesy,
offer a copy of the recording to any competitors you record
So, where do you get the rules?
The rules say*… *as of this writing
You must be a member in good standing
in a club of good standing
You must complete six CC manual speeches BEFORE the club competition
you are a charter member of a club chartered since July first. The Club must be officially chartered prior to the Area contest.
and you must…
maintain eligibility at all levels of the contest
Competitors cant be…
(this is long)
incumbent International Officers and Directors and candidates for these offices; District offices (District Governor, Immediate Past District Governor, any Lieutenant Governor, Secretary, Treasurer, Public Relations Officer, Division Governor or Area Governor) whose terms expire June 30; District officers or announced candidates for the term beginning the upcoming July 1
presenters of education sessions at the Area, Division and District event at which the contest will be held
a judge at any level for a contest in which they are still competing
you cant be a judge for Division A this week…
and compete in Division B next week…
In the true spirit of Toastmasters, a competitor shouldnt be in any position that could give them an unfair advantage- whether real or perceived.
As for contest levels…
there are six
Club* Area Division District Region* International* You need three original speeches!
Why three speeches?
For Toastmasters to present you as their best, you cant be a One-Hit Wonder
So you will need three speeches
and certified as such in writing to the Chief Judge
You also submit Biographical Information
At Region, you also need to submit the title and outline of your district speech.
At International, you need to submit the title and outline of your district and region speech.
Rule Number 2
This is REAL Important
Know the Judges Ballot
Let Me Repeat that.
Know The Judges Ballot
50% - Content 30% - Delivery 20% - Language
Content = 50%
Content is King Remember
Speech Development 20%
Speech Value 15%
Delivery = 30%
Language = 20%
Now, lets discuss putting a competitive speech together
Its a bit of work to really do it right
and worth every minute.
So, commit the time to do it right
and get a good mentor to work with
who can also commit the time to do it right.
Make a Story File
Build stories over time.
Why only your stories?
The audience doesnt know them
and you cant tell others stories…
with the same passion…
So, stick with your own.
You say you have no good stories?
I dont believe that. (and Ill tell you why)
If you have children
you have stories…
If you were ever a child yourself…
you have stories…
If youve ever been in a Dennys
you have stories…
If you have relatives…
you have stories.
You get the point.
Want more stories?
Just read the news…
Carry a notepad or digital recorder with you at all times.
If you laugh,
or are touched in any way,
record what happened for your story file.
and get it in there when you get home!
Next, you need to choose a good topic
How do you pick a topic?
Here is a great way
If you were going to die, what ONE lesson would you leave your children?
The answer is probably a great topic
If it overlaps something that somebody already did,
Look at it from a different angle
or approach it in a different way.
Your objective is what you want the audience to think, feel, or do when you are done.
The six emotions we all share are happiness, surprise, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust. On the topic of feelings…
Keep the topic and objective short and concise.
You should be able to write your topic and objective
on the back of a business card.
Example: Volunteering makes a much bigger difference than people think. I want the audience to volunteer more.
The movie Alien was pitched to the movie studios with just three words.
Jaws in Space
Why is this important?
It frames everything else in the speech.
Once you have that done…
Choose three stories from your story file that best support it.
and begin to
Build Your Speech.
Use things that will stick with the audience
What SticksWhat doesnt SimpleComplex ConcreteAbstract EmotionalStoic UnexpectedPredictable StoriesFacts
Theme Objective Introduction Point/Story 1 Point/Story 2 Point/Story 3 Conclusion Jolt The first 30 Seconds are critical! The conclusion is as critical as the intro!
Content is King? Remember
THIS IS CRITICAL !
An updated speech form
Once you have the speech outlined, you can begin to…
Create a six minute speech.
Not seven minutes. Not six minutes, 30 seconds. Six minutes.
Now, lets talk about humor.
The room and seating makes a difference.
Women laugh more freely than men.
More women in the audience means faster and more laughing.
Bigger rooms with more open space tend to result in less laughter.
Time of day, recent events, and many other factors can make differences too.
The point is not to get rattled if you dont get the laughs you got before.
Allow time for laughs if you use humor.
Allow more laugh time for larger audiences.
What makes people laugh?
Sudden release of tension.
Surprise (sudden redirection)
or better known as a setup and punch line.
Henny Youngman Ive been in love with the same woman for 30 years if my wife finds out, shell kill me!
Keep humor in short bursts.
Never use long stories to set up a punch line.
Never, ever use jokes...
or unrelated, forced humor.
Find the humor in the situation.
Use observational humor.
Words with a K sound are funny.
Cupcake is funny sounding. Tomato isnt.
Finally, laughing at yourself is the safest humor.
Next, practice your speech.
First rule of practice: Too much isnt enough.
Your Club Other Clubs With Your Family With Your Friends In the Car (Make a CD) With Anybody
Record Yourself: Audio Video
Watch the video with the sound turned off
to focus on your stage presence.
Listen to the audio without watching the video
to focus on your vocal clarity and variety.
How about technology?
Two words. Murphys Law.
The Day of the Event
Watch what you eat Before the competition.
Stepping on Stage
Two Last Unwritten Laws
Perception is Reality
Rub of the Green
Youve won! Now what?
Youve lost. Now what?
Does your speech: make a significant point? provide significant value make the audience think and feel? regularly jolt them? include humor from the situation?