The Biggest lesson I learnt from winning a Toastmasters Speech Contest
It was a very cold Sunday morning and that afternoon I was to compete in the Area 11 Toastmaster International speech contest. This was going to be the first time I was going to be speaking outside our local club and I did not know what to expect. I had not been to any speech contests before so I did not what it was going to happen and I was a little bit anxious because I was speaking in a place that I was not familiar with. My friend Michael picked me up at 1pm that afternoon and I was glad I had great company because we spoke about a lot of other things other than what I was going to be talking about. When I turned up I realised that I was up against some very good and accomplished speakers, I thought I will just have to make sure I don’t embarrass myself. After an hour the speech contest was underway and they were so many very good speeches, as I listened I decided I was going to give the biggest speech of my life. After the speeches were done we sat for a few minute waiting for the results, thw person who came second got their prize and then the announcement, the winner of the Area 11 2017 speech contest r is! Frank Saliki! I won! Even though I thought everyone was better than me I won.
I won the speech contest because I did what I needed to do, even though we had good and experienced speakers in the room but I did what I needed to do in order to win. A lot of people spend so much time looking at what other people do better instead of looking at what they need to do in order to improve. Was I the best speaker in the room that afternoon? Not even close! However I did what I needed to do in order to win that afternoon. The biggest lesson I learnt that afternoon is that, if I everything that I need to do I will get the results that I want, all you can do is all you can do but a lot of us don’t do all we can do.