I asked myself, how do I prepare for my very first, professional speech next month? I had created an innovative presentation about communication in the healthcare setting. The proposal to speak at a live medical seminar was accepted. Then I found out that my speech was also being Simulcast nationwide!
The answer was Outspoken Toastmasters! I needed help to prepare for this presentation! I needed to speak with more confidence! I needed to learn the techniques of a successful public speaker! I needed to practice speaking to an audience, to hear other speakers, and to learn how to evaluate speakers. I wanted to speak personally to an experienced Toastmaster. At Outspoken Toastmasters, all of these goals and more were accomplished. I was also able to talk and email my club officers, all experienced speakers, about my upcoming presentation. I heeded their suggestions. These nuances made this presentation even more poignant!
As a primary care physician, I was very comfortable speaking to small groups of people on many subjects, but presenting at a large seminar was an entirely new experience. When I delivered my speech, I was calm and confident. The presentation went very smoothly and was well accepted. I got excellent feedback from both the clinicians attending the conference and the company employees. I also got great reviews in the post-conference survey. I now have the opportunity to give another presentation!
Thank you, Outspoken Toastmasters, for helping me become a more competent communicator! I look forward to the Outspoken Toastmaster meetings, knowing that I will learn another pearl each week!