I attended the International Speech Contest and got 2nd place in my area contest. I had a wonderful time practicing my speech in different clubs and got ~70 evaluations.
This speech was developed from my CC#5 one. Someone in my club said, “that’s a great message, you can make it a speech in the International Speech Contest!” I did. It felt great to see how it got improved gradually over time!
It’s not about winning the contest, it’s about enjoying myself during the practice. I just enjoyed telling my story, and delivering a great message to people who spent time watching. Compared to my last contest, I felt far more relaxed, open, and flexible in expressing my emotions. My friend Juan said, when you are relaxed, you are yourself. It’s so true.