Thursday March 5, 2009
Area J-96 speech contest
This was the city championship round. I have had the honor of competing at this level during another contest and had some clue as to the level of competition I would encounter. Contest speeches are not necessarily any better speakers at this level than what we see every week, but they do have a higher level of preparation and polish. For the international speech contest there was one other competitor. He is a joint member in both our club and the host club.
I went first and delivered my speech. I had spent some time reading, but really had not watched many “contest” speeches. I knew that I wanted to do something different than my standard high-energy, happy speech. This speech was the story of my family and how I felt as a young boy without a mother or a father in the home. I could see that people in the audience were connecting and enjoying the speech and I felt I did a good job.
In the end, I was lucky enough to win this competition and move on to the division level contest. And this is also the point in the journey where I realized that I actually have some gifts and talents and now I needed to see what would happen if I really worked on a project.