Good evening everyone, Toastmaster, Members and Guests. My name is Monica Shanahan. Today I will be talking about myself, and my personal experience with the smooth speech intensive program, held at the Lidcome campus, NSW University.
I’m a graphic designer, I was born in Canberra, and I was three months premature. Despite the doctors diagnoses, that I wouldn’t have a good start at a normal existence. I managed to overcome every adversity I was likely to encounter, being so premature.
However, the one strange barrier in my life, that did spring up, that neither I, nor my parents could see. Was my pronounced and at times debilitating stutter.
Growing up I encountered everyday problems, that go hand in hand in stuttering. Bullying, isolation, low self confidence, and lack of general acceptance in my everyday life.
My journey has taken me to many different places. I have attended 2 congresses on stuttering, sought out experts in the field, gained valuable knowledge from speaking with stutterers, who have had different experiences, regarding treatments.
It wasn’t until 2013, that I had sought out the smooth speech intensive program, which I can uniqivably say, has made the most impact in my speaking and in my life in general.
The course has taught me an in-depth structured understanding of my unique condition, and has given me valuable tools to make sure that the condition no longer controls me, but that I can control the condition. This is a feeling that I have never had before. It is a discipline I will keep with me all the time, or I will loose it.
My most memorable speaking achievement, since my treatment had been, when I fluently said my wedding vowels to my husband, in front of 200 guests at our wedding ceremony, in 2014.
I am here today at toastmasters, to push myself and my speaking to the next level. I want to gain confidence in not only my speech, but facing my fears of public speaking, which I have had for many, many years. I’m looking forward to continuing my journey with you all here at Toastmasters.
Toastmasters Speech 2
Objective: Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech. Make your message clear, with supporting material directly. Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another. Create a string opening and conclusion. Time: 5 to 7 minutes.
Toastmasters Speech 3
Objective: Select a speech topic and determine its general and specific purposes. Organise the speech in a manner that best achieves those purposes. Ensure the beginning, body, and conclusion reinforce the purposes. Project sincerely and conviction, and control any nervousness you may feel. Strive not to use notes. Time: 5 to 7 minutes.
Toastmasters Speech 10
Objective: To inspire the audience by appealing to noble motives and challenging the audience to achieve a higher level of beliefs or achievement. Appeal to the audience's needs and emotions, using stories, anecdotes, and quotes to add drama. Avoid using notes. Time: 8 to 10 minutes.
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