I went to a toastmaster meeting today and delivered my first ever toastmaster speech. The topic of the speech was “How to Deal with Disappointment.” It was not a compete disaster, I think.
According to my critic, my first speech was difficult to follow. I talked a lot about a number of things but did not tie it all together. He was on point. I actually went home and added another paragraph to what I wrote a few days earlier on disappointment.
The first speech was a real eye-opener for me. I discovered that I am not that great at public speaking. It’s similar to recording yourself singing and then feeling uncomfortable as you hear your nervous self struggle to speak for the first time. I also learned that no one is born a public speaker. It is a skill that you perfect with practice.