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Monday, February 27, 2012

Moments in Time

Moments in time, those defining moments that we all have and that ultimately shape our lives.  I have been thinking a lot about moments in time as of lately.  It has been brought on by an assignment I have for my toastmasters group.

This coming Wednesday I am giving my first official speech called an Ice Breaker Speech. The icebreaker speech is supposed to be a speech about you, introducing you to the group. 

I wanted to share one of my most defining moments and how it ultimately led me to where I am today.

What are some of your moments in time?  How have they shaped you?  How do they define who you are and what you do today?

The video below is my practice speech.  Any feedback is welcome as this is my first official Toastmasters speech.

Enjoy,

Carpe Diem,

Jesse

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  2. Feedback: It's a good informative! Very inspirational. You have a lot of useful personal stories to share. Are you speaking on impromptu? How much time do you have for delivery? The overall tone is great! Speech timing needs a bit more consistency. Vocal fluctuations would be helpful with the symmetry. -> Maybe emphasize more on the target points with that. Hence, at times I wasn't sure if you were transitioning. Your material follows logically, great job! Last, you are the only visual up there, unless you are using other materials? Speak less with your hands, they are great at expressing somethings and does give some dynamics to your body language.:D However, I am really distracted... by-your-hands. Your closing was very impacting. Overall, it's pretty solid to the general topic! It's an ice breaker, so normally constructive criticism is not in practice by the peers. I get it! Practicing, is staying ahead of the game!;D I am on the edge of my seat! I want to hear more stories of your past and more about you in general. Fantastic! Great job!

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  3. Great speech, Jesse! Don't forget to breathe and don't be afraid to take it slow. You seem to have the same problem I do at times where you start thinking three words or sentences ahead and then you get tongue tied. :) We all know that you will do great up there, and if you get nervous just imagine the audience as a big computer screen for a UStream chat. Haha Good luck, and we're all rooting for ya! Also, don't forget to smile!! :-D

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  4. Hard to believe this is your first official speech, honestly you make a great public speaker. It's a wonderful speech, I took alot of it in myself and looked back at my "moments in time" in overcoming shyness. I truly wish you all the best on Wednesday, hope you share with us how it went for you but no doubt you will do great! :)

    Nancy M.

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  5. Great speech, good luck for Wednesday :)

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  6. Great Speech. I am sure you will do extremely well. Only two little tips. Just slow down and try to breath a little. Another thing is try not to wave your hands around too much. I know what its like to be an expressive and the hands can be a real trouble sometimes. Especially when trying to make a point. Other then that it was really really good. Good luck for Wednesday, and please do tell us how you got on!

    Rima Barrett

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  7. Thank you everyone for sharing your thoughts and feedback. I think I will keep sharing any future toastmasters speeches with you all if you are all ok with it?

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    1. Yea, of course! If the constructive criticism is helpful keep asking for it. Bless your courage to public speak!:D -Nikki M

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  8. I'm cool with that Jesse, thanks for sharing your experience with us :)

    Nancy M.

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  10. I like your speech, you can realize, that it comes from the heart. I find myself in some things you said, even today (at the age of 30) I´m often very insecure in things like speaking with people and my shyness sometimes discourage me to do things I would like to do but it´s getting better with the years :) I try to overcome my fears, it works sometimes more sometimes less. But I´m optimistic.
    I wish you much success with your icebreaker speech today :)

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