Thursday, 10 October 2019 22:03

What was the reaction of the audience on your icebreaker speech in Toastmasters?

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Having been a member of Toastmasters for over 26 years, I have delivered 18 icebreakers.

My very first icebreaker was the most memorable. It took me over 10 months to work up the nerve to deliver my speech.

I don’t recall the reaction of the audience, but I do recall the advice given from one member of the audience.

Let me set up the speech. I was giving examples of how my life was an incredible journey such as Bilbo Baggins had in the Hobbit. The Hobbit is the first book before the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. I shared some of the events in my life that shaped the way I was.

One of those factors was my father being a bully and an avid disciplinarian.

The speaker before me was an older German fellow whose speech was basically about “spare the rod, spoil the child.” He was recommending physical punishment to children to make them behave.

When it came my turn to deliver my speech I was quite upset and angry. It caused me some problems at the beginning of my speech and getting into it. My speech ran 10 minutes or so.

As I said at the beginning of this response, I don’t recall how the audience responded but I do recall how one experienced member came up to me after the presentation. He advised me not to worry about what previous speakers have said and to focus on my presentation.

Since then I have focused on my presentations and not worried about what others have said in their presentations.

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