When I began my Toastmaster journey I searched Google to find out how many words can one fit inot to a 5 minute speech and thus I can write and re write drafts and hone them as a method for writing speeches.
I can’t remember what terms I searched but I found this:
“You’re preparing to write a speech but there’s a 5-minute time limit. … Publication coach Daphne Gray-Grant says that the average person speaks about 125-150 words per minute—meaning 5 minutes of talking would entail about 625-750 words. That’s about the typical length of a blog article!”
I’ve been using my own personal blog in this way to test the method out.
When I agreed to take on the website and PR role. I was told some folk don’t like logging in and sometimes one has to chase the content from people. In typical style I said I’ll just do it.
Now I’m discovering perhaps some of it’s purpose and the reason for it to be just as valid a role as any other and so I’m finding I think the Blog Roll’s role.
Like any other role a blog post can be a 5 minute speech in writing. The topic can vary. The closer the blog is done to the event the more relevant to the meeting it is. But even this aspect I think can be relatively free.
What is it – well in some schools a blog is a Web Log – it can be a log in that sense it can be a log of events that transpired and is a log of something.
But what can it be in the context of Toastmasters. Well I think it is a speaking role.
But I don’t think its just a log of events it’s a chance to write something about 625 to 750 words
It may grab someone’s attention by the content. It may be a chance to practice also to focus ones brain to write …content and context aside it’s at least what one can do, when one is actually writing a speech.
But then beyond a blog is a place to suggest something and have people comment on and evaluate CRCS even. It’s a legitimate role to be part of the weekly meeting. Not something to be frightened of but part of that place to feel safe .
The content and context I’d suggest is entirely contextualised by the meeting and may well be something suggested during the event that prompts one to write a blog.
Thus for Boaters ….don’t be shy give it a go.
My wife tells me I have terrible grammar and that’s ok and can be edited corrected. But I think in the context of Toastmasters the blog post is very much a role to do. For speech and writing full stop.
It has it’s own rightful place as do all the roles that make up part of this meeting platform to help us learn and find our roles our voice.
As a bonus we find a rightful blog roll role! .
In conclusion then I am hoping that the role of writing a blog post is seen as a role.
Am I selling the idea. I guess I will know this if people read this and respond and or like.
How’s my word count? 545