As I said in an earlier post, I had my humorous speech critiqued by one of the World Champs at World Champions Edge, a group that I just joined.  And, because there was no foundation there,  the speech totally fell apart.

So now I’m picking through the wreckage, looking for strong pieces that I can use to re-build.  I’m still not positive about my foundation.  I’m going to spend the next couple of days really trying to establish that so I can rebuild this speech.  I don’t know if I can do it.  I don’t have much time.  The humorous speech contest is in 18 days and I’m starting from scratch.  Today while I was cleaning, I even fleetingly thought about shelving it all but that lasted all of 12 seconds.  To me it’s just not an option.  I have to try.

You know, I didn’t join Toastmasters to improve my skills at work, I didn’ t have a big presentation coming up that had to be dialed up a notch, I didn’t have a speech to give at a wedding.  I just joined by fluke (aka God) and kept going because I liked it so much and I enjoyed being challenged and pushed to do new things.  It turned out that I was not too bad at it too.  So why did I start competing?

I went in my first competition simply at the urging of my mentor who said it would really stretch me and she was right.  I kept going after that because I wanted to see what I could do, how far I could go, how good I could be.  I guess that’s part of why I’m doing it still.

I’m such a different person though, from 4 years ago. I mean, I don’t know WHO I’d be without Toastmasters having transformed me in so many ways.  I guess God would have done it in one way or another but it’s clear that He picked this one, so here I am.  The fact that I love doing this kind of stuff just  puntuates the point that I’m in the right place.  Now, to do the right thing.  And….. to write the right thing.