Friday, May 16, 2008



Contains 9 championship speeches written by the First Place - Ed Hearn, 2nd Place - Douglas Wilson, and the 3rd Place winners of the Toastmasters 2006 World Championship of Public Speaking.

Only $19.95 this book is a great resource for any person interested in the thought process that goes into creating a winning speech.

This book will take the reader through how these 3 winners developed their winning speeches. In addition you can read the speeches that each wrote and delivered that allowed them to win at the Club, Area, Division, District, Region and World Championship of Public Speaking .

I felt this book gave me great insight into the thought and emotional process that each winner went through in developing and delivering their winning speeches.

Here is a short quote from Douglas Wilson the 2nd Place Winner of the 2006 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS). In his introduction for his District 58 (South Carolina)winning speech "It's Not About Me" he wrote.

"It was not an easy process. I had to get in touch with emotions I was uncomfortable talking about and put those emotions out there for the audience to feel, so they could learn the lesson too". He goes on to talk about letting his audience see and feel. He used 3 keys to write his wining speech they are Head, Heart, Lesson Learned (more about this at a later date).

I highly recommend WIN, PLACE, SHOW to any competitor/judge or serious speaker interested in how a winner of a speech is created.

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I'm Bob Freel and this is:

"What I've learned".

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

So you think you're ready to speak!

You have been scheduled to speak. You have picked your topic. Are you now ready to go? Here are some questions that you need to answer before even starting to prepare your speech. 1. What is your premise? If it is not clear to you what you are going to say do you really think that your listener will know what your talking about. 2. Can you sum up your speech in a paragraph of 50 words or less? If not your premise is not clearly defined. 3. How many points are you going to make? Any more than 4 within an hour and you will fill your listener sensor overload. 4. Does your audience really need to hear what you are going to say? Or are you going to talk about what interests you reguardless of the audience? 5. How are you going to open? Will the listener remember your opening 5 minutes after your done? Same with your closing. 6. Remember no matter what you may think the listener is thinking who cares! Why should we listen to you. 7. What emotions do you want your listener to experience/relive? 8. What is the take away value for your listener? As speakers we owe them value for their time. Remember: "IF YOU ARE AFRAID BEFORE YOU SPEAK YOU ARE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT YOURSELF THAN YOUR LISTENER". When we are more concerned about what is important to the listener and not ourselves then we are becoming better speakers. I'm Bob Freel and this is: "What I've Learned".