A wise man stopped me in my tracks after a Table Topics contest. He said “that’s the best I have heard you speak”. No ums or rrrs.
What had changed. No notes off the cuff. Maybe I can apply this to my next speech.
It so happened my next speech was coming up.
I had taken on board the feedback I had received the first time. I had written a new beginning. I had made better my slides.
I knew where I wanted to go with each screen. I did not need notes.
I’m gonna really nail this.
I said to myself. I’m in control. I need not even look at the screen very much if at all.
The day arrives. I feel good. I’m driving to the meeting and for some reason I am thinking of a colleague who delivers awesome presentations. Sometimes he paces around the room, becoming, the audience and sharing the view.
I began to think yeah that’s cool.
My speech arrives and bam I start to walk and pace. What am I doing.
I knew what to do I knew my story. Why am I doing this and this opened up another thing! Entirely un intentional and then the feedback arrives oh glorious feedback.
Rightly so my pacing is addressed and the recommendation is to pace but with purpose.
I can smile again. From and almost accidental move on my part due to channeling or nerves . I can pull this technique into the kete. I can move with purpose walk towards the group.
Rinse and repeat. Time to book in the speech for another round of feedback. I can get this even better.
I can enter it into and international contest. Aim for the stars.
Thanks for the feedback it is vital in helping making precise practices with speechmaking and Toastmasters.