CC Speech 7: Research Your Topic


The seventh project in the Competent Communicator Manual is: Research Your Topic.

The purpose of this project is to practice finding information from a variety of sources to support and enhance your speech.

My speech for this project was called: Speed Geeking.

In support of my speech, I researched Speed Geeking as thoroughly as possible to get background, supporting information on the topic for my speech.

In the speech, I opened with a quick introduction of the topic, drawing a parallel with speed dating, a more familiar concept, after which Speed Geeking was named.

I provided a description of the methodology of Speed Geeking as well as its benefits and challenges.  Then I gave a brief history and discussed different uses from my research.  I also discussed possibilities for using it in the context of a Toastmasters meeting.

When it came time to give the speech, I did not feel that I had prepared enough, but it went very well and was well-received.  I realized at that point, that this had happened before and that I often feel less prepared than I am.

With this new piece of self-awareness, I feel I can move past one more obstacle in my path to becoming a better communicator.

 

My eighth speech is scheduled for December 22, so I will be suspending these posts on the Competent Communication Manual until after that.  In the meantime, look for a series of posts detailing the projects of the Competent Leadership Manual, and my journey to that accomplishment.

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About Dan Kingsepp, ACS, ALS
I'm starting this blog to share my thought on the use of the English language and my experiences as a Toastmaster.

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