The Power of the Spoken Word and Contests

In offering the third of his reasons for taking part in contests, Dilip Abayasekara echoes the thoughts of Rosabeth Kanter—she refers to the power of voice; Dilip refers to the power of the spoken word.

You discover the power of the spoken word

One of the most fulfilling times of my life was when I spoke in front of over twenty-three hundred Toastmasters and guests in Las Vegas at the 1992 World Championship of Public Speaking. I asked the question, “What are the most important things in life?” and went on to answer it in my speech titled Love Makes the Connection. What was so magical was that I was fully myself, to the depths of my being, and yet, I felt completely one with the audience. I savored every word rolled out of my mouth and felt a strong, affirming response from the audience. That is what makes public speaking so fulfilling: to give your best to your audience and to have the audience become one with you at the moment. Speech contests then, are no longer just contests, but opportunities for you to offer the best that is in you to your audience. You will then discover the power of the spoken word, to influence, to inspire, to express for an audience feelings that are buried in them that they have not articulated. You will make this joyous discovery much faster when you compete then when you only give speeches at club meetings.

Brinker Toastmasters holds its International Speech Contest on February 23. Vice President Education Jim Wilson cal tell you more about preparing.

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