Working on My Toastmasters CC Speech 10: Inspire Your Audience

Last week, I gave my ninth speech in the Toastmasters’ Competent Communication (CC) manual titled, “One Second Everyday.” In two weeks, I’ll be completing the tenth project: Inspire Your Audience which will be titled, Pick Four. There are three objectives of the speech.  First, inspire your audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement.  Second, appeal to the audience’s needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes, and quotes to add drama.  Third, avoid using notes. This is the longest speech in the CC manual at eight to ten minutes.

The theme for the speech is going to be about the Pick Four notebook that was created by Seth Godin’s Domino Project and why I love this notebook. I want to talk about the projects I’ve completed, what I’ve found difficult, why you should stick with it, and suggestions on how to succeed, i.e. keeping the notebook under your pillow so you remember to fill it out before bed.

This is an exciting speech to give and I really want to kill it. I feel like my last few speeches have not lived up to my standards. For first few speeches, I feel like I did a great job but my last few speeches have not gone as well due to me trying to branch out into different types of speeches and topics, but mainly I think it’s due to a lack of practice and preparation.  It’s not easy to practice a prepared speech with two children but I need to figure out a way to make time because it’s the only way I’m going to get better and give the types of speeches I believe I can give.

The Pick Four notebook has helped me to complete a number of goals.

  • Organize our family finances
  • Run a marathon
  • Write a daily blog
  • Complete a graduate degree
  • Find a new job
  • Commit to daily exercise
  • Learn to code
  • Complete a charity runner goal

The Pick Four notebook comes in a set of four.  The purpose of getting four notebooks is to give three of them away to other people in your life who you feel would utilize them.  The last time I bought these notebooks I didn’t do that recommendation because I didn’t know anyone that would be interested in this program.  Through Toastmasters I’ve been introduced to a number of like-minded people who are interested in personal growth and would benefit from trying to complete the Pick Four program.  At this speech, I want to give away the three other copies to members in the audience. I’m not sure how I’ll do this but I figure there will be some type of drawing during the meeting.

Now, I need to go complete my rough draft of this speech because I have to record myself completing a practice speech by next weekend.