Top Take-Aways From the District 2 Toastmasters Spring Conference
|May 15, 2014||Filled under Uncategorized||
I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at the District 2 Toastmasters Spring Conference last weekend. It was a fantastic experience for me both as a presenter and as an attendee. I left inspired! Here are my top take-aways from the day.
1. Keynote speaker Lance Miller reminded us that ultimately, what makes a great speaker is “our ability to put thoughts and words together to connect with the audience.” So true and so eloquently exemplified by David Heckel in his beautiful contest speech, What Goes Around Comes Around. Also from Lance Miller:
2. “It doesn’t have to be sensational. It just has to be sincere.” and
3. “When you’re speaking to an audience–that better be the most important people at the moment. If not, sit down and shut up.”
Of course, the theme running through these three thoughts is that effective and inspiring speech is about connecting authentically with your audience. YES!
4. What wins the audience is not always what wins the contest. Kudos to the contestants who spoke for the audience. Effective communication requires give and take. Sometimes to be effective in the moment, you need to give–or take–just a bit more than you had carefully planned and timed.
5. I absolutely loved Omar Rivas‘ message: “People aren’t to be measured. They’re to be treasured.”
6. “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing” Bernard Duplessis ended his speech with what is now my new favorite quotation from Helen Keller!
7. Sometimes the best inspiration comes from the casual conversations on the couch outside of the formal conference agenda/event.