Writing a Speech…

As I work on my third project in Toastmasters I reflect back on my students practicing for Beta Speech project. I can hear me barking orders, “Stand up straight, Make eye contact, be bold, be courageous! You can do this!!!” I remember always writing down note to self, always begin speech project in the beginning of the year so we can practice the skills necessary instead of a month or six weeks. Why? You might ask? Let me give you my list: 1. It is not the topic, it’s the skill. 2. Also if I began in the beginning I wouldn’t have to hear the ‘Beta’ speech 1000 times in six weeks. Ugh dreadful! 3. I could use the skills to teach a topic or two in Science, hmmm my thoughts during reflection time are amazing. Anywhooooo back to project three: ‘Stick to the Point’ you know my point or message to ‘stick to’ never changes. Never! Yes, I can teach you how to learn anything. I can also motivate and inspire you (It’s what I do). However, my point is…Be Happy as much as possible. Take a moment to feel your way through life, through each day, each moment. I have many techniques and fun projects, to help you perfect this way of life. I have games, jingles, journal entries, projects, coaching, mantras, cheers, speeches and anything else necessary to help YOU KNOW YOU ARE WONDERFUL AND LOVED! My point is live your life intentional!!!! ‘Be Happy’ by choice. I would never be able to write a speech about finances or politics. It would even be difficult for me to give one about Scientific topics, which I know a great deal about. Because my message is loud and clear! Therefore, sticking to the point is not difficult, but… Frankly, condensing this message into a small time frame, that is my challenge. Becuase in a normal setting I wouldn’t agree to, 5 to 7 minute speech. Because those first few minutes are my moments to feel the crowd, feel the needed message. What do they need? To accomplish their goals, to fulfill their destiny of being happy, 99 percent of the time. And during that one percent of down time, you know how to use those frustrations to guide your way back. Back to feeling good, back to laughter and happiness. Back to knowing what makes YOU HAPPY and how you know. You see, I have no problem teaching you ‘how to’ give a speech or multiply and divide. I have no issue with writing a’Speech’ for 5 to 7 min. Nor do I struggle with what the point is. However, to prepare for you to hear this and receive the necessary message, now that is sometimes, a hurdle for me. Not a mountain, just a hurdle or two for me to jump. As the business evolves minute by minute, I feel the awesome pull or tug to take another step. I am now at the point I know when to pause… And wait for you to absorb. I no longer become nervous when telling you about our mission and/or vision, Because? Because I am allowing and receiving, but most of all I am listening. My speech ended up being mediocre at best. I won the ribbon, labeling me ‘Best Speaker.’ However, all I could think or hear were the loud screaming voices in my head shouting, “No, I don’t want a reward! No please, I am begging you don’t label me Best Speaker! This is not a contest for me! I am not here to win!!! I have done all that! I have almost died, literally, because I have been so competitive. I don’t need validation anymore. I am here to help you! Help you succeed at anything you want to succeed at. If it’s find your spiritual desires so be it, if it’s find your passion, that’s okay too! If it’s none of the above and really all you want is to feel good…got that too!” Yes, I felt overly dramatic about my third project. I wrote the speech, rehearsed it, planned out what I was working on and blew it (in my mind). Almost everyone was touched by my heart felt ending and my passion for…Wait for it…that craft that I know so well…TEACHING? Yes, you read it first here, I blew my ‘Sticking to the Point’ speech because I switched points. I am not sure what point I found nor what point they received but I can tell you I knew I blew it! (Yes, you may laugh hysterically at my flubbed up speech). Then what is my message? Ohhh, pst, (lean in so I can whisper in your ear), “Be happy. Enjoy your life the best you can! If something isn’t right, meditate and listen, you DO Know the best answer for you! Feel your way through all decisions. Some days just go back to bed!!!! But only every now and then! Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy, enjoy enjoy feel it!!” Point given. Livelove & Carryon

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