“King Solomon’s Ring”, Storytelling Project #1 “The Folk Tale” – August 6, 2014

“King Solomon’s Ring”
Tony K. Dahlman
Advanced Communications Manual, Storytelling
Project #1, The Folk Tale
USDA Toastmasters Club 3294
USDA South Building, Washington, DC
August 6, 2014

After taking four years to get my first speaking educational award (the Advanced Communicator Silver) after achieving my last award in South Dakota, I have decided that I need to be a little more deliberate in moving forward with my manuals.

My new found attention to storytelling has been well documented, so I was excited to get into the Toastmasters manual on the subject.

While SpeakeasyDC focuses on autobiographical storytelling, the Toastmasters manual seems to put a little more focus on fictional tales that I tend to associate with the genre.

The first assignment was to tell a folk tale and I was immediately drawn to the story that inspired one of my favorite Latin phrases “Et Hoc Transibit“, or translated from English, “This too shall pass.” The first time I heard the story it was told with middle eastern origins, but I also knew it was a common tale told in the Jewish tradition. And that led me to the story of King Solomon’s Ring.

The biggest flaw of the speech was that it was too short. The manual called for it to be 6-8 minutes and I really wasn’t all that close. I knew that it was a short story and I tried to stretch some things out with Lake Wobegon intro and the extended trips of Benaiah to try and find the ring, but it wasn’t near enough. Just another case of me not practicing enough.

I am going to try and set a goal of getting one speech done a month, but we will see if that happens. The next item on the agenda is to get ready for the humorous speech contest in the beginning of September. I have an idea, but I need to start getting it worked out before summer completely passes me by.

Image and video credit: T. Dahlman, 2014

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