“The Prince and the Tower of Fudge”
Tony K. Dahlman
Advanced Communications Manual: Storytelling
Project #3, The Moral of the Story
USDA Toastmasters Club 3294
October 1, 2014
USDA Whitten Building, Washington, DC
I have set a new goal of finishing the Advanced Communications Series: Storytelling manual by the end of the year and after finishing Project 2 with my Humorous Contest speech and the completions of project 3 on Wednesday, I am in pretty good shape.
Project 3 “The Moral of the Story” asked me to come up with a new story that has a lesson. I decided to take take the option of co-opting a moral from another story and writing a new story around it. Karla helped me come up with the idea of using the moral “Don’t bite off more than you can chew” and I was immediately hooked on the idea of finding a big treat in the middle of the woods (and I really like fudge) and having problems with it.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to work out enough of the kinks in the story and ended up using words that were not really appropriate for the the sentences I was using. A couple of examples that my evaluator pointed out were “encapsulating” and “immediately”. Just another instance of me not practicing enough.
I think there could have been some more creative uses of coming up with a more captivating story, but overall I was pretty happy with how it turned out. Certainly not a contest-level performance, but I thought it was a good effort to improve my storytelling skills.
I never reported last week that I won the Area Table Topics contest last Thursday by answering the question “If you were to open a business of your own, what would it be and what would you call it?”. I spoke about opening a food truck with Midwestern fair foods with the first point basically taking about my love of cheese curds. Not as coherent as I would have liked, but it turned out good enough.
I hope to get in some good practicing before the Division contest next week, even if it seems like this contest is really difficult to practice for.
Image and video credit: T. Dahlman, 2014