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My first speech...

Sunday, April 14, 2013

This has been a crazy week. A bit stressful and alot going on.

First, I gave a speech this week. I joined Toastmasters, which is an international organization where members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending learn-by-doing meetings. My husband saw a recent article in a local newspaper about this organization. I hadn't heard of it before. The reason he suggested I join this organization is that with my recent weightloss, I've been really thinking alot of what I want to do with my life. I have become a source of inspiration with alot of people in the past year and it seems that daily, I get asked questions on how I lost my weight, or just that I have been motivating people to get in touch with their own personal weightloss and fitness goals. It really makes me happy and it gives me a huge sense of pride to help people if I can... so I am not sure where public speaking fits in to that, but it's something I've struggled with all my life.

This is very odd to me, as I'm one of the most outgoing people you'd ever meet. I am that person who talks to strangers in the street... yep, that's me. I am very friendly and never seem to have a problem making friends or just opening up to anyone and talking about anything... yet, to have to get up in front of a room of people is a whole other ballgame. So, without knowing what path my life might be on, we thought it might be a good idea to join up with Toastmasters and brush up on this skill that I have an issue with. If anything, I thought I could at least make new friends.

The first time you make a speech in Toastmasters, it's called the "Ice Breaker" speech. The speech can be about anything you want and should be 4-6 minutes long. I decided to tape myself, mainly so that I can watch it and learn from it... and hopefully better myself before I jump into speech #2. So, I posted it on YouTube and here it is

Overall, I was happy with it. I did, however, feel my voice shake throughout the entire thing. However, watching it, I see that it didn't... that's odd to me, but good to know. I was happy that I glanced at my speech, yet didn't read the entire thing and was able to make eye contact... yet, that did leave me open to alot of "and so..." (grammarian counted 11 of them... oops!). I was times at 5 min 44 sec, which I was very happy with, as it was within the time limit. I did stumble several times and leave thoughts open, but, for my first speech, I think I did fairly well.

I almost feel that I'd do better in a storyteller type of speaker setting... unless I just memorized something and delivered it. I think that I think too much and that might leave me open for the grammarian-critqued pauses that come in.

The other bit of this week that was stressful for me was that I found out the following day that I was going to be needing hip replacement surgery. It's good news, but huge news, none-the-less. Since all of this, I've been emotionally drained and just exhausted. I have been keeping up with my health, walking in the afternoons and keeping up with my diet. I have lost a couple of pounds, which is great. I'd love to lose more weight before I actually go in for the surgery. I just have been so very tired as well.

I start physical therapy tomorrow, three times a week. I have the thought of getting the house clean and prepped so that when I'm recovering and it's only the "men" here taking care of things (scary thought)... that everything will be just fine, ya know? I need to prep a room downstairs that I can recover in, as I won't be able to make the flight upstairs to our bedroom... so just alot to think about and get ready for.

This will also be the first time in my life I've ever gone on disability... and I hear that it's such a huge delay getting a check from co-workers who've done this in the past... so that's another level of stress... I know I just need to relax... not sweat the small stuff I have no control over and just let go and let God. Sometimes that's so much easier said than done. Breathe in and breathe out... I'll be fine.
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    Great job on your first speech! Very brave of you. I have heard of toastmasters and thought of trying it out but I am not brave like that.
    1773 days ago

    I LOVED your speech, it made me smile and feel proud of you!
    1773 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    1774 days ago
    You did a great job on the speech. You have certainly inspired me and I'm sure many others. I hope your surgery goes well. I am sure you will tackle recovery with the same enthusiasm as you have the weight loss. Good things are ahead for you!
    1774 days ago
    First speech - how cool is THAT?!? Good for you for stepping out and trying something new. It WILL give you a lot of confidence, and prepare you for whatever your next adventure is!

    1774 days ago
    I watched your video on YouTube and I think you did an awesome job....You have definitely been a great inspiration to me and continue to surprise me every day with your positiveness! Get your rest and remember you do not have to get everything done in one have time to get your home and yourself ready...physical therapy will be a personal trainer! I think of your successes almost daily and they inspire me to get healthy, too. We have made so many changes as a family...getting better each I have said many times before "You've got this!!!" and with your surgery ..."God's got this!" Your positive attitude always shines through your words...more than you will ever know!!!! emoticon
    1774 days ago
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