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1 International Speech Contest
A Contestant's View of the International Speech Contest Mike Futty, ACB BAC to the Future

2 First Things First Please turn all cell phones, pagers, iPods,
tricorders, communicator badges, and other noisemakers off.

3 can ruin a presentation.
Unexpected noises can ruin a presentation.

4 You don’t want that on your conscience, do you?

5 Good. Let’s Start.

6 Congratulations to LaShunda Rundles from Dallas, Texas
2008 World Champion of Public Speaking

7 So, how does it feel to compete?

8 It’s hovers between…

9 this

10 and this.

11 That being said…

12 What are we going to talk about today?
Why People Compete Contest Preparation Going On Stage I Won. Now What? I Lost. Now What?

13 Why do People Compete?

14 Fame and Glory

15 Curiosity

16 Personal Growth

17 Validation

18 To Get A Message Out

19 and, to be honest…

20 some compete

21 simply because they’re asked to.

22 (which isn’t bad)

23 The real secret to being a good competitive speaker is this:

24 Forget the Lucite.

25 It’s not about the Lucite.

26 If you focus on the Trophy

27 You’ve lost focus on what is important…

28 It’s about growing.

29 It’s about the Audience,

30 connecting with them

31 and changing them in a Positive Way.

32 Speech and Competitor Types
Evangelist Comedian Hearts and Flowers Teddy Bear Rambo “Body Count” Happy to Be Here

33 So, how do you prepare to compete?

34 Rule Number 1

35 Know the rules

36 many competitors reach area and division contests
It is AMAZING how many competitors reach area and division contests who DON’T KNOW the rules.

37 You read the rules when you play Monopoly…

38 and this is more important!

39 so…

40 Read the Rules

41 Learn the Rules

42 Become one with the rules

43 Have a copy of the rules with you at every competition.

44 Pop Quiz

45 Can a competitor videotape
a competition?

46 The rules don’t say you can’t.

47 but

48 Bill Stevens productions.
It isn’t allowed at the International level due to an agreement with Bill Stevens productions.

49 also

50 If you want to record a competition, make sure you clear it with the Chief Judge in advance

51 and

52 Get a signed release from every competitor you intend to record and provide it to the Chief Judge before you start recording

53 If they don’t sign, you don’t record them.

54 If the Chief Judge doesn’t want to allow recording, don’t record.

55 on a personal note…

56 in the true spirit of Toastmasters

57 professional courtesy,
and as a professional courtesy,

58 offer a copy of the recording to any competitors you record

59 So, where do you get the rules?

60

61 The rules say*… *as of this writing

62 You must be a member in good standing

63 in a club of good standing

64 You must complete six CC manual speeches BEFORE the club competition

65 UNLESS

66 you are a charter member of a club chartered since July first
you are a charter member of a club chartered since July first. The Club must be officially chartered prior to the Area contest.

67 and you must…

68 maintain eligibility at all levels of the contest

69 also…

70 Competitors can’t be…

71 (this is long)

72 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

73 or

74 presenters of education sessions at the Area, Division and District event at which the contest will be held

75 or

76 a judge at any level for a contest in which they are still competing

77 meaning…

78 you can’t be a judge for Division A this week…

79 and compete in Division B next week…

80 In essence…

81 whether real or perceived.
In the true spirit of Toastmasters, a competitor shouldn’t be in any position that could give them an unfair advantage- whether real or perceived.

82 As for contest levels…

83 there are six

84 You need three original speeches!
Club* Area Division District Region* International* You need three original speeches!

85 Why three speeches?

86 that’s easy…

87 present you as their best, you can’t be a
For Toastmasters to present you as their best, you can’t be a One-Hit Wonder

88 So you will need three speeches

89 Substantially Original

90 and certified as such in writing to the Chief Judge
This form is typically done on site the day of the competition up to the district level. For regional and international levels, it is submitted in advance along with outlines of previous speeches used that year in competition.

91 You also submit Biographical Information

92 At Region, you also need to submit the title and outline of your district speech.

93 At International, you need to submit the title and outline of your district and region speech.

94 Rule Number 2

95 This is REAL Important

96 Know the Judge’s Ballot

97 Let Me Repeat that.

98 Know The Judge’s Ballot

99 50% - Content 30% - Delivery 20% - Language

100 Content = 50% SPEECH DEVELOPMENT Structure Opening, Support material
EFFECTIVENESS Achievement of purpose Interest Reception SPEECH VALUE Ideas logic Original thought

101 Remember Content is King

102 Speech Development 20% SPEECH DEVELOPMENT Structure Opening
Support material

103 Effectiveness 15% EFFECTIVENESS Achievement of purpose Interest
Reception

104 Speech Value 15% SPEECH VALUE Ideas logic Original thought
Here is an important point when it comes to the International Speech Competition. A humorous speech, while it may have great entertainment value, is considered less value to the audience than a motivational or inspirational speech unless it has a great underlying message. If you are funny, do a motivational or inspirational speech that has some humor in it rather than a humorous speech that has some motivation in it.

105 Delivery = 30% PHYSICAL Appearance Body language VOICE Flexibility
Volume MANNER Directness Assurance

106 Physical 10% PHYSICAL Appearance Body language

107 Voice 10% VOICE Flexibility Volume

108 Manner 10% MANNER Directness Assurance

109 Language = 20% APPROPRIATENESS to speech purpose and audience
CORRECTNESS Grammar Pronunciation Word selection

110 Appropriateness 10% APPROPRIATENESS to speech purpose and audience

111 Correctness 10% CORRECTNESS Grammar Pronunciation Word selection

112 Now, let’s discuss putting a competitive speech together

113 Start NOW.

114 It’s a bit of work to really do it right

115 and worth every minute.

116 So, commit the time to do it right

117 and get a good mentor to work with

118 who can also commit the time to do it right.

119 Make a Story File

120 Build stories over time.

121 Your stories

122 Why only your stories?

123 The audience doesn’t know them

124 and you can’t tell others’ stories…

125 with the same passion…

126 or emotion.

127 So, stick with your own.

128 You say you have no good stories?

129 I don’t believe that. (and I’ll tell you why)

130 If you have children

131 you have stories…

132 If you were ever a child yourself…

133 you have stories…

134 If you’ve ever been in a Denny’s

135 after midnight…

136 you have stories…

137 If you have relatives…

138 you have stories.

139 You get the point.

140 Want more stories?

141 Just read the news…

142 Carry a notepad or digital
recorder with you at all times.

143 If you laugh,

144 cry,

145 become angry,

146 upset,

147 surprised,

148 shocked,

149 or are touched in any way,

150 record what happened for your story file.

151 and get it in there when you get home!

152 Next, you need to choose a good topic

153 and objective.

154 How do you pick a topic?

155 Here is a great way

156 what ONE lesson would you leave your children?
If you were going to die, what ONE lesson would you leave your children?

157 The answer is probably a great topic

158 If it overlaps something
that somebody already did,

159 Look at it from a different angle

160 or approach it in a different way.

161 you want the audience to
Your objective is what you want the audience to think, feel, or do when you are done.

162 On the topic of feelings…
The six emotions we all share are happiness, surprise, sadness, anger, fear, and disgust. On the topic of feelings…

163 Keep the topic and objective
short and concise.

164 You should be able to write your topic and objective

165 on the back of a business card.

166 Example: Volunteering makes a much bigger difference than people think. I want the audience to volunteer more.

167 The movie “Alien” was pitched to the movie studios with just three words.

168 “Jaws in Space”

169 Why is this important?

170 It frames everything else in the speech.

171 Once you have that done…

172 Choose three stories from your story file that best support it.

173 and begin to

174 Build Your Speech.

175 stick with the audience
Use things that will stick with the audience

176 What Sticks What doesn’t
Simple Complex Concrete Abstract Emotional Stoic Unexpected Predictable Stories Facts

177 Theme Objective Introduction Point/Story 1 Point/Story 2 Point/Story 3
The first 30 Seconds are critical! Theme Objective Introduction Point/Story 1 Jolt The conclusion is as critical as the intro! Point/Story 2 Jolt Point/Story 3 Conclusion

178 Remember Content is King?

179 THIS IS CRITICAL!

180 An updated speech form

181 Once you have the speech outlined, you can begin to…

182 finalize it

183 Create a six minute speech.

184 Not six minutes, 30 seconds.
Not seven minutes. Not six minutes, 30 seconds. Six minutes.

185 Now, let’s talk about humor. Never force or inject humor.
Find humor in the situation.

186 The room and seating makes a difference.

187 Women laugh more freely
than men.

188 More women in the audience means faster and more laughing.

189 open space tend to result
Bigger rooms with more open space tend to result in less laughter.

190 Time of day, recent events, and many other factors can make differences too.

191 The point is not to get rattled if you don’t get the laughs you got before.

192 Allow time for laughs if you use humor.

193 Allow more “laugh time” for larger audiences.

194 What makes people laugh?

195 Exaggeration

196 Pain

197 Sudden release of tension.

198 Surprise (sudden redirection)

199 or better known as a setup and punch line.

200 “I’ve been in love with the same woman
Henny Youngman “I’ve been in love with the same woman for 30 years” “if my wife finds out, she’ll kill me!”

201 Keep humor in short bursts.

202 Never use long stories to set up a punch line.

203 Never, ever use jokes...

204 or unrelated, forced humor.

205 Find the humor in the situation.

206 Use observational humor.

207 Words with a “K” sound are funny.

208 Cupcake is funny sounding.
Tomato isn’t.

209 Finally, laughing at yourself
is the safest humor.

210

211

212 Next, practice your speech.

213 First rule of practice:
Too much isn’t enough.

214 practice at…

215 Your Club Other Clubs With Your Family With Your Friends In the Car (Make a CD) With Anybody

216 Record Yourself: Audio Video

217 Watch the video with the sound turned off

218 to focus on your stage presence. Never force or inject humor.
Find humor in the situation.

219 and Never force or inject humor. Find humor in the situation.

220 without watching the video
Listen to the audio without watching the video

221 to focus on your vocal clarity and variety.
Never force or inject humor. Find humor in the situation.

222 How about technology?

223 Two words. Murphy’s Law.

224 The Day of the Event

225 Relax.

226 Before the competition.
Watch what you eat Before the competition.

227 Relax.

228 Stepping on Stage Don’t run to the stage! Smile! You own the stage!

229 The Audience

230 Delivery

231 Stage Presence

232 Two Last Unwritten Laws

233 Perception is Reality

234 “Rub of the Green”

235 You’ve won! Now what?

236 You’ve lost. Now what?

237

238 Does your speech: make a significant point? provide significant value
make the audience think and feel? regularly jolt them? include humor from the situation?

239 good resources out there?
Are there other good resources out there?

240

241

242 Conclusion

243 Resources http://shop.kevinspalding.com/main.sc
https://www.billspro.com/ts/ts07.html

244

245 International Speech Contest
A Contestant's View of the International Speech Contest Mike Futty, ACB BAC to the Future Club (h) (w)


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