Contest day was quite hectic. Seaver had baseball practice that morning (he hit his first home run) and then we had to race to a birthday party. I then left my lovely family and headed to the contest.
It was a very well run affair. And the competition was definitely a step up from anything I had encountered to this point. The speeches ranged from deeply touching to flat out inspirational. I drew the last spot in the speaking order for both competitions. With this being my first division contest, it was great to be able to watch my competition. I was even able to make a last minute addition to my speech because I had 30+ minutes to sit and listen.
I knew I had a good speech but everyone had a good speech. And my competition also were all very good speakers. They really had good stories and great delivaries. It was going to be a matter of execution.
The speech title was “Family Picture”. It is the story of what my family looked like in family photos when I was a child as well as how that has changed to our family photos today. I really worked hard on weaving not only a good speech but one that all both humor and heartfelt emotion as well.
It went well, I messed up the ending, but the speech did go very well. And at the end of the day, I was honored to have won the contest. My big take away was that all that preparation did pay off and it didn’t matter whether I won or lost because I loved the speech. Now I have to spend another month preparing for the next contest in April.
Wish me luck!