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Ice Breaker Speech

August 13, 2009

Recently I joined Toastmasters. For those who don’t know, Toastmasters is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people to be more comfortable and competent talking in front of an audience, and honing communication and leadership skills.

I’m usually pretty comfortable talking in front of people. From my high school days when I was active in the drama department through corporate training, teaching many different personal growth courses, and leading public ritual, I’ve had a good amount of experience in front of an audience. However, there is always room for improvement!

I want to do more than present information to a group of people. I want to inspire large groups to do what they need to do to transform their lives. This is one of my next big personal goals. Toastmasters is a step in that process.

Within the past couple of weeks, I made my first speech in front of this particular group. I was SO nervous! Yet, I was prepared, knew what I was saying, and delivered the speech rather effortlessly. In fact, I even won the Best Speaker award for the day!

The best part, though, was that I got some good pointers on ways to improve, and that is, after all, my aim. I look forward to the next speech.

What steps can you take to challenge yourself to move you closer to being the best you that you can be?

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