After Pradeep attended a Toastmaster meeting at another club, he passed us a contact whom he was impressed with. He’s Benjamin. Jean invited him to share his tips on project evaluation at the 8th April meeting.
Though he has been with Toastmasters for only two years – that’s about the duration Jamie and I have been with the public speaking interest group – Benjamin is much more polished in his delivery.
He speaks like a DJ, and indeed he is one. And he’s only 24 and still studying. Wow!
Does the speaker’s personality have to do with his flair? Being an introvert, I would probably have no problem striking up conversation or making small talks – at times, I don’t think I would have a style as open as Benjamin or any extrovert.
Benjamin shared that he likes to use his name BEN to evaluate a speech; B for Bravo, E for encouragement and N for non-desirable.
When I handed him a token of appreciation (sponsored by the beautiful VPE Jean, as usual) after the 45-minute workshop, I told members that with Benjamin’s tips, we could have BEN (Better Evaluation Now).
Jamie, Tricia and I completed our Competent Communicator manual when we did our project 10. The club is short of another project 10 completion to earn two points towards Distinguished Club status.
While I have completed the manual with 10 speeches delivered, I don’t find myself a competent speaker. More steady and less nervous? Yes. Polished? Still far from it. I remember the time I did my icebreaker and I was a bundle of nerves. When I delivered my project 10 speech, I could still feel the nerves.
I am not doing any projects before I fade out as I intend to put all my effort and time on enriching the meetings. Nonetheless, I opted for these two advanced manuals, Communication on Video and Speak to Inform. Maybe after my break, I would tackle the speeches in these manuals.