I told my local Toastmasters club the story of changing my path from studying computer science to designing.
Yanbin gave his second speech at the Toastmasters club on “stereotypes”. It is a tough topic to expand upon, and I think he did a beautiful job.
To many people, art is a mystery. It seems like, if you want to be an artist, you have to be creative and artistic. What if I say, there is a simple way to get into the world of art, with a piece of paper and a pair of scissors?
An incredible mentor helped me get through my first three speeches and make me become more confident.
In this short speech, I talked about why and how I got into karate.
Finally, after two and a half years, I completed my first 10 Toastmasters speeches in the Competent Communication manual.
Looking back, I’ve conquered a great amount of fear towards public speaking, and I’m happily graduating from an entry-level English speaker on to the next.
Looking for a way to conquer your fear? Come with me to revisit my journey in Toastmasters and you’ll find the answer.
I gave a speech on how to become a better speaker by recording yourself in video.
I talked about why video recording works for you, how to set it up and after get yourself recorded, how you can effectively review the video. I also talked about how I applied this technique to my preparation in the speech contest last year, and got myself into the division contest level.
I gave a speech on Toastmasters International, talking about its history, evolvement and what’s in there for members.
I gave a speech on the 12 Chinese Animal Zodiac in my Toastmasters club. My evaluator told me that my shoes were too colorful, and they constantly distracted his focus from my speech. Wow, I never noticed this before! From now on, I will certainly pay more attention to details like this that may affect my audience.
Other than the speech, I spent a few hours on my props — the image of the 12 animals! It might be too bright to see in the speech video, so here is a better view :)
I enjoyed a wonderful journey of learning public speaking by participating in the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest.