Here for everyone’s amusement is my final speech as part of the initial Toastmaster’s competency:
This was my speech for the ‘Inspire Your Audience’ project (Project 10) as part of the Toastmaster’s communication manual. It was delivered at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management.
For those of you who are interested in getting better at public speaking, I highly recommend Toastmasters as a means to do this.
I have much more to learn, but am so glad I decided to give it a go.
I’ve noticed this page has got a lot of traffic from people looking for information on Speech 10. For those of you about to give this speech I’d make a couple of points about my speech which will (hopefully) help you do yours.
Firstly, a good inspirational speech should use ‘we’ more than ‘I’. In this speech I was attempting to use myself as an example in a self-deprecating way, (hence the graphs, the ego comment, economist joke etc). However, I don’t think I did this effectively as I could have and it likely alienated some of the audience. I’d therefore suggest that using yourself as an example needs to be done carefully (in fact, I generally avoid it now).
Secondly, the main point of the speech was to demonstrate why using the theory of opportunity cost was appropriate when judging our impact in the world, which could have been emphasized more.
In fact this speech was originally titled ‘the science of making a difference’ until I changed it to ‘Doing well and doing good’ to try and appeal to the students in the audience (as this phrase is used to market the MBA many in the audience were doing).
Finally, I didn’t end with a call to arms. That is, even if I succeeded in inspiring somebody in the audience I didn’t tell them what they should do. In retrospect I could have used the conclusion to do this, maybe by reiterating the core argument of the speech that ‘opportunity cost’ is the right framework for judging our impact.