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. He writes one of the leading blogs on public speaking. If you haven’t yet seen it, do yourself a favour and have a look.
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 are 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.
Each lesson is discussed in the context of speech contests in which Andrew participated, so he knows what he is talking about. If you are serious about competing, I encourage you to read the entire post here.
I will return to my regular blogging schedule next week. But for now, it’s back to the beach!