I did my Capstone Project 10 for Toastmasters Competent Communicator on 19th May 2017.
I believed this was my best project by far, not just because I won the ‘Best Prepared Speech’ for the night but also because I felt was speaking from the heart. It was such a coincidence that my evaluator was a writer himself so he understood my perspective and I am glad I did not set myself up for failure.
The feedback given was that I should have informed the host that that I require a change of environmental settings i:e: pretending we were all at a book signing ceremony.
I was caught trying to recall my script along the way and I should have avoided that. I should have used lesser filter words and made more eye contact. I will probably need to learn to control my nervousness and figure out a way to remember the flow of my speeches and learn how to ‘think fast, talk smart’ after this.
So basically, the setting was a book signing event and I got a printout saying ‘Recipes of Life by Farah Saleh’ and wrapped it around a book. I also had slides showing reviews on the book with my photos.
Before I jumped into the various ratings, let me jot down some other feedback on other P10 speeches for reference’s sake.
To inspire, always ensure the following:
- I – Intention must be clear
- T – Methods to inspire/ personal stories
- M – Methods to inspire the audience / Consider using personal stories if any (like an analogy)
- A – Audience: Know your audience and know how to convince/ inspire/ empower them
Other things to take note of include:
- Have a data/ source of info for persuasion
- Use of dialogues does have to add creativity
- Do not use powerpoint slides for speeches between 5-7mins unless for a quick one
- Use language devices for call to action
Here are the ratings for my speech:
- Was the speech relevant to the occasion selected?
- The topic was most relevant for the project
- Did the speaker understand and express the feelings and needs for the audience?
- The speaker was emphatic to express the various emotions and disposition.
- Was the speaker forceful, confident and positive?
- Speaker was confident and convincing.
- Did the speaker effectively use stories, anecdotes, and/or quotes to help to convey his or her message?
- Speaker used anecdotes, examples and personal stories effectively
- Did the speaker’s words convey strong, vivid mental images?
- Did the speaker’s use of body language enhance his/ her message ?
- Speaker was poised and confidently portrayed the appropriate gestures and postures to motivate the audience to start writing.
- Did the speech uplift the audience and motivate them as the speaker intended?
- What could have the speaker done differently to make the speech more effective?
- Perhaps the speaker could have used the visual aids more effectively, show them bit by bit to ensure the audience is not ahead of the speaker.
- Try not to worry about phrases that are memorised (Skip them if need to)
- What did you like about the speech?
- The speaker’s convincing appeal to get the audience to start writing through her honest narrative of her own experiences, the highs and the frustrations and her eventual self- fulfillment. The speaker used the timing effectively!
So I have completed my Competent Communicator’s module. I do plan to pursue the other modules as well. I will take a couple of months off to improve on what is lacking here, maybe share them here too. Of course, I am grateful for all the support that has been given to me as well.