“You Better Be Running”
Tony K. Dahlman
February 26, 2014
Toastmasters International Speech Contest
District 27, Division C, Area 31, USDA Toastmasters Club 3294
USDA South Building
It is contest season again and despite my plan to give an international speech on the witticisms of my father, I came up with a new idea while sitting in a storytelling event (more on that later) a few weeks ago. I decided that I could tell some of my stories about running while also getting across a pretty decent message.
This speech is not near as polished as I want it. The first draft came it at around 3 pages (I have found that a seven minute speech should be no longer than about 1.5 pages) so a lot of the details and a lot of the jokes had to be cut. I was also hoping to have everything memorized by last week, but that really didn’t happen until the last couple of days.
I placed first in my club and will be advancing to the area competition in a few weeks, but I think I dodged a bullet in the competition. The only other competitor was Evans who resurrected one of his earlier CC manual speeches about a botched shoplifting experience he had as a teenager. He has such a knack for telling stories and I was fortunate to get by him in this level of competition.
I also was able to take first in the evaluation contest and I am really looking forward to trying to make another run in that contest.
Any suggestions on improvements for my international speech would be greatly appreciated.
Video credit: T. Dahlman, 2014