Greetings from sunny Tunisia where I have been enjoying a much needed holiday with my family. The blue sky, warm sea, cold drinks and wonderful people have brought life to a pleasantly sloooooow pace. My regime has also included staying off the computer for days at a time, which accounts for the recent inactivity on this blog. However, the itch to write is too strong not to scratch, so I am nipping in with a short post.
Last week I wrote about my number one rule for speech contests. I received several messages in response, including one from Andrew Dlugan wrote of the leading blogs on public speaking. [Update: As of January 2020, Andrew’s blog is no longer online.]
Andrew was kind enough to share a link to a post that he wrote about speech contests and some of the lessons that he has learned. In summary, they were as follows:
- Never get comfortable. Capitalize on every opportunity to improve your skills and refine your speeches.
- Incorporate a truly memorable element in every presentation you give.
- Every audience is different. Even if you recycle much of your content, insert elements which reflect the unique audience characteristics.
- Adapt to your surroundings.
- You can always improve. Work on your strengths as well as your weaknesses. Hard work and persistence pays off.
I will return to my regular blogging schedule next week. But for now, it’s back to the beach!