The Entertaining Speaker #1: The Caveman

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Last week I completed the first speech project in The Entertaining Speaker manual (five speech projects for learning how to entertain an audience). This was my first speech from the Toastmaster Advanced Communication manuals, and it feels good to be doing speeches again.

This was a true story. Immediately after it happened I recognised that it had speech potential. After telling this story to my friends and family I realised how powerful it was. The vulnerability and conflict in the story causes tension and makes the listener ask themselves what they would have done in that situation. And serious aspects are nicely balanced with humorous elements – like the main characters being in fancy dress.

I decided to frame the story within the ‘message’ of “be like a caveman”. This was an attempt at extending the humorous aspects of the story into a subversive non-message – i.e. something that sounded like a moral/lesson, but was actually just a joke. I have to admit that it didn’t quite work. It felt a bis disjointed. If I do this speech again I will try to emphasis the vulnerability, or the standing-up-to-the-bully aspects.

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  1. Posted February 22, 2011 at 11:39 am | Permalink

    Absolutely fantastic speech, Andy.

    The audience participation strengthens the story and really makes it feel ‘real’ and flow smoothly. Very humourous, too; you definitely met the objectives for this speech.

    As you say, this experience definitiely had “speech material” written all over it and thanks to the humourous elements, the seriousness of the situation is softened: I was laughing, that’s for sure.

    Your final comment of wanting to emphasise “the vulnerability, or the standing-up-to-the-bully aspects” is a nice idea, and definitely something to be aware of for the next speech (“Use entertaining material as a means of conveying a serious message”, right?).

    Again, excellent speech and I’m looking forward to following your journey through The Entertaining Speaker manual.

  2. Posted November 20, 2011 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    Really enjoyed this speech. Your anecdote was very vividly told and you had me laughing out loud.

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