Touchy Feet


My next toastmaster speech project is supposed to be a "touching speech," It's practicing  how to convey emotion through storytelling. Instead of just saying "Billy felt sad because he wasn't invited to Joey's birthday party", you'd tell the story of Billy watching his friends pass by on their way to Joey's party and wondering why … Continue reading Touchy Feet

Toastmaster Speech #10 – Go Play Outside


Last night I gave my 10th and final speech in the Toastmaster Competent Communicator book. It was an inspirational speech and had to be between 8-10 minutes long.  I really struggled with this one. I think I felt intimidated by the idea of speaking for 8 minutes straight without notes. The previous speeches were all … Continue reading Toastmaster Speech #10 – Go Play Outside

Toastmaster Speech – Minimalism – Paring Down to Get More Out of Life


This is the text of the minimalism speech I gave at a Toastmasters meeting in April. I got a lot of good feedback, mostly of people who agreed that they wanted to part with a lot of their crap. A couple of guys insisted that as Connecticut Yankees, they could not part with their stuff … Continue reading Toastmaster Speech – Minimalism – Paring Down to Get More Out of Life