On Monday, I gave my second toastmasters speech with the title “Owls and Larks”. The goal of the speech was to incorporate a strong beginning and end, and to transition smoothly between the different parts of the speech. The feedback was very positive with the following things noted:
- I play with my wedding ring if I’m nervous.
- I move my arms only from the elbow, need to improve my body language.
- I tend to drop my voice at the end of a sentence, sometimes making it difficult for the audience to understand the last word.
- My (bad) posture detracts from the (mostly self-deprecatory) humour in my speech.
I was also advised that the ending could be stronger and that it might help to memorise the last line of the speech so that it serves as an anchor; and that a good last line is what makes your speech memorable. I like this last bit of advice very much as that is what is usually lacking in my presentations.
The subject was of course on my current attempt to wake up at 6:00am and as a lifelong “owl”, how difficult this may be.