February 23, 2006

I'm a Winner!

Tonight was a Toastmaster's meeting and also happened to be a club contest (a club is a chapter). There was the "International Competition" which is a speech competition but I wasn't eligible for it because I didn't have 6 speeches yet. However, the other contest was a "Table Topics" contest and anyone was free to enter that. Table Topics are impromptu speeches. You are given a subject and have to give an impromptu 1-2 minute speech. This requires lots of thinking on your feet and it's easy to stumble. There were 3 of us competing in the Table Topics competition tonight. Our subject was, "So you're a student in culinary school to become a chef. Tell us why you got there and what you've learned." (so obviously this requires creativity because I am not actually studying to become a chef). Anyway, so I kind of went on weaving this story about how Kevin was a terrible cook so I had to take over but I'm a terrible cook too so I had to go to chef school, and now I'm so successful I have my own tv show and you may have heard of me--I own a French Restaurant in New York. And I'll be available to sign my cookbook after the speech.

I was a hit. People thought I was funny and that my speech was well-delivered. So I won! Next step is the Area Competition on March 11. At that competition, the clubs in our area (I believe there are 7) compete in the same categories. I'm going to start practicing my Table Topics. If I win the Area Competition I go on to the district, then up and up and up to the International Competition. Wish me luck!

Posted by Shelby at February 23, 2006 11:54 PM

That rocks, Shelby! I always loved giving speeches when in school, but the impromptu ones were never my forte. Good luck!

Posted by: Annastazia at February 24, 2006 10:57 AM

Congratulations! I find that talking off-the-cuff, without any preparation or organization, can be very difficult; I am impressed!

Posted by: Erik at February 25, 2006 04:59 AM

how exciting! congratulations to you! :) even though I do it every hour of every day, I still hate public speaking!

Posted by: cari at February 25, 2006 09:33 PM
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