Toastmasters 2012 International Speech Contest

I've found Toastmasters to be an excellent organization for helping me to improve my speaking skills, as well as my leadership skills. I was proud to participate today in the Toastmasters 2012 International Speech Contest for my area (District 29, Division D, Area 45).

Edmond Joe, who is a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) and an awesome speaker, was kind enough to take some photos of my talk:


David Keener By dkeener on Tuesday, March 06, 2012 at 02:36 AM EST

It was the first time I've ever participated in a speech contest. It's just you, an audience, no notes or visuals, and five to seven minutes to fill (and you get disqualified if you're more than 30 seconds over or under). I was pleased to find that I was actually good enough to be competitive. While I didn't win, I did take second place. I highly recommend Toastmasters if you'd like to improve your speaking and leadership skills.

David Keener By Dave Aronson on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 09:32 PM EST

You can have notes and visuals. In fact, I intend to have a couple of LARGE visuals at the Division B Contest. You did a quite good enough job in your talk at RubyNation yesterday to show you were competitive. The main suggestion I'd make is more energy — vocal variety, movement, etc.

David Keener By dkeener on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 11:57 PM EST

Thanks, Dave! I appreciate both the compliment and the constructive criticism regarding my RubyNation 2012 technical talk. I hadn't realized that you were also a veteran of Toastmasters when we talked at the conference.

I'm also looking forward to seeing the videos of both my Toastmasters talk and my RubyNation talk so that I can critique my own performances.

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