So, you’ve got to introduce an act or maybe even host an event, and you’ve got up to 15 minutes to warm up the audience, what do you do? Well, there are many ways to do a warm up. I’m going to discuss a recent warm up I did that was very successful.
If you’re going to speak in public to different types of audience, especially audiences involving people of more authority, influence, or in some other way different from the norm and you’re a bit concerned about it, then it helps to get practice of being in that scenario. This is one area that Toastmasters can really help with.
Last week, and perhaps a bit foolhardily of me, I decided I would step in at the last minute to cover the speech slot of someone that had just pulled out of the speaker schedule for what was our upcoming Toastmasters meeting. I ended up with 24 hours to prepare the speech that I would deliver the following day.
Recently at a Toastmasters Table Topics contest, I observed a single thing that one person did who went on to win the contest. (Generally speaking, if you’re not familiar with table topics, a table topic is a question or topic given to a club member to give an impromptu response to in a time-frame of between 1 and 1:30-2 minutes.)