This week I volunteered myself to be a Test Speaker at another Toastmasters club. The purpose is to allow contestants evaluate your speech. It is these evaluations that are being contested.
Oh my goodness. My nerves were off the charts. Louis my 8 year old son had no sympathy for my plight. All he could recommend was “Get out of here Dad”. Here I was seeking a cuddle.
All I could do was slow the breathing down. When I did I pondered on the goals I was seeking.
What’s in it for me.
I wanted to tell my story concisely, to convince a bunch of strangers that there is something positive in my story.
Focus yourself. Calm that breathing.
Off I went. Arriving early and getting my technology sorted.
Before I knew it , I was in the zone delivering my story. It was working . It was different than the last time . I wavered at the beginning almost trying to explain my why, what and where.
A shaky start and a really good middle and a summary. It had worked. I remember scanning the room and gaining the eye contact and truly connecting. I have you all hanging on my every word.
The euphoria was all there all mine to do with what I wanted.
All the while remembering focus. This is a practice also, I’m going to discover some things.
Now comes the evaluations, four of them. Wow is all I can say this is much more than I expected. Overwhelmed almost with the attention.
Somethings had worked. All of them got my point , they understood and appreciated the delivery of such a personal and yet fact and researched topic.
But I also got tips to improve.
So there it was. Stepping up to volunteer sometimes surprises you. I got a lot of bang for my buck.
I have take way learnings and know the next practice will be an improvement.
I am as ever and always grateful for opportunities.
My advice step up. It will surprise ya!