The above was my entry into the Phoenix Speakers Humorous speech contest 2011. I won at the club level, I didn’t place at Area level. Congratulations to Laura McCracken who won and went on to represent our Area at the Division B contest.
As with any speech at Toastmasters it was a big learning experience. I was pleased with the new things I tried, like leaning on an audience member (thanks Tom). However I would like to lower the intensity of the delivery and appear more loose on stage.
I would encourage everyone to try competitive public speaking. It takes nerves to a new level and reveals blind spots in your writing and delivery. The opportunity to perform a speech more than once and incorporate feedback was eye opening and gave me an appreciation for feedback that is specific and applicable rather than vague and subjective.