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Toastmasters - finding my voice, is a blog and personal journey of Monica Shanahan’s experience through Toastmasters, to challenge herself in new situations.

Since public speaking is something that Monica has always avoided, due to her at times, pronounced stutter. You will find in the videos that she uses a specific speech technique called ‘smooth speech’, which helps with her stutter, and keeps her speech fluent.

Strong Voices Podcast

Monica’s first ever podcast, in episode 4, Totally Transformed talking about her experience with her stutter, and how she is overcoming it, by going to toastmasters.

Project 1, The Ice Breaker

New beginnings

Toastmasters Speech 1

Objective: To begin speaking before an audience. To discover speaking skills you already have and skills that need some attention. Time: 4 to 6 minutes.

New beginnings

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.

Project 2, Organise your Speech

Woman's expansion through history

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.

Woman’s expansion through history

Project 3, Get to the Point

Reckless ratings

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.

Reckless ratings

Project 4, How to Say it

The master of suspense

Toastmasters Speech 4

Objective: Select the right words and sentence structure to communicate your ideas clearly, accurately, and vividly. Use rhetorical devices to enhance and emphasise ideas. Eliminate jargon and unnecessary words. Use correct grammar. Time: 5 to 7 minutes.

The master of suspense

Project 5, Your Body Speaks

The language of movement

Toastmasters Speech 5

Objective: Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact to express your message and achieve your speech's purpose. Make your body language smooth and natural. Time: 5 to 7 minutes.

The language of movement

Project 6, Vocal Variaty

The interview

Toastmasters Speech 6

Objective: Use voice volume, pitch, rate and quality to reflect and add meaning and interest to your message. Use pauses to enhance your message. Use vocal variety smoothly and naturally. Time: 5 to 7 minutes.

The interview

Project 1, The Entertaining Speech

Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest 2016, Woden Valley Toastmasters

History in all it’s forms

Toastmasters humerous speech contest

Objectives: Entertain the audience by relating a personal experience or event. Organise an entertaining speech for maximum impact. Time: 5 to 7 minutes.

History in all it’s forms

Project 7, Research Your Topic

Blinking lights and bells

Toastmasters Speech 7

Objective: Collect Information about your topic from numerous sources. Carefully support your points and opinions with specific facts, examples, and illustrations gathered through research. Time: 5 to 7 minutes.

Blinking lights and bells

Project 8, Get Comfortable with Visual Aids

Domestic bliss

Toastmasters Speech 8

Objective: To learn the value of props in speaking. Select visual aids that are appropriate for your message and the audience. Use visual aids correctly with ease and confidence. Time: 5 to 7 minutes.

Domestic bliss

Project 9, Persuade with Power

Is the internet, the death of the newspaper?

Toastmasters Speech 9

Objective: Persuade listeners to adopt your viewpoint or ideas or to take some action. Appeal to the audience's interests. Use logic and emotion to support your position. Avoid using notes. Time: 5 to 7 minutes.

Is the internet, the death of the newspaper?

Project 10, Inspire your Audience

Who is your inspiration?

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.

Who is your inspiration?
Monica Shanahan Mosmondor with Father Ante Garbric, Yarralumla, Canberra 1986
Mother Teresa’s head piece of cloth, and original prayer from Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa’s original writing in Croatian from a letter to Monica’s mum, Lilian
God bless you, Mother Teresa
Toastmasters International Competent Communicator Award, Monica Shanahan 22nd December 2016

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