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“Thank You, M’am”

Another Toastmasters speech– this one is from today’s meeting; I’m working on two advanced manuals right now– “The Entertaining Speaker” and “Interpretive Reading.” This one is the first Interpretive Reading speech.

The story I’m reading here is “Thank You, M’am” by Langston Hughes, a wonderful short story which reads easily out loud. I really enjoyed doing this speech, even though I wish I had been better prepared for it.


Thank You Ma\'am
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Toastmasters Speech 7


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I did this speech a couple of months ago, but only now have gotten around to editing and posting it. To be honest, I was more than a little embarassed by this one. Not only is it not very good, and badly rehearsed, but I’m sure my high school friend who periodically lives there and has devoted most of his professional life to studying Indonesian culture and history will laugh his head off at my inaccuracies and foolishness. For which I can only apologize and point out that, well, this was a researched speech, not a thesis. 😉

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Toastmasters Speech #5: Straw into Gold

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This was a poorly-planned speech I did last week on the fiber arts. I had “speaker’s block” until the morning of the speech, so I wasn’t as well-prepared as I normally am (as evidenced by the fact that I don’t have a practice video to show here). The goal of Speech #4 is to use body language and gesture. I didn’t take advantage of the opportunity this topic gave me for doing so, and more to the point, I failed to get the heck out from behind the lectern! My next speech is scheduled for sometime after June 14. Expect more vlogs between now and then, though– summer’s here!

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