It Finally Happened!


It finally happened. I gave my public speech.

Thank you, dear readers, for putting up with the previous blogs throughout my preparation. As promised, I’m here to report back.  (Sorry about the photo quality. I had no control over picture-taking.) 

While I had spoken at my local club before (twenty members), this speech took place at Toastmasters Division — an audience of 150 people.

Before taking the stage, nervousness came often like the flick of a light switch, forced out by many deep breaths.  The butterflies refused to fly in formation, playing havoc with my body temperature — hot one moment, freezing the next.

When The Chair called my name, I had no choice but to ignore everything unrelated to the speech. Either that or run for the door. The first step was hard, the second not so bad. Once the words took mercy on me and came out, the gestures and eye contact followed. To my surprise, everything gelled together beautifully.

The speech “Happiness Right Now,” centered on the idea of marketing concepts designed to delve into our psyche; the theory of 95% dedicated to marketing (visual textures, colorful lights, music) and 5% of capital to quality.  

The call to action, something every speech must incorporate (I’m told), concluded: “it’s up to us — all of us — to decide quality matters.”

Applause never sounded better, mostly because the sound signaled The End. One hurdle cleared, many to go. And only at the end of my speech, the pesky butterflies settled. I was mentally and physically drained, but it didn’t matter anymore. I was done.

You know what else I learned? Or re-learned? As writers, and generally speaking, we have to put ourselves out there. What’s there to lose? Maybe complacency? :)

So tell me, when was the last time you put yourself out there?

14 responses to “It Finally Happened!

  1. I wish I was in your neighbourhood so I could give you a big hug ! So happy for you, you are a beautiful lady inside and out !! I have not been blogging much lately but always enjoy your posts!

    • Thank you so much, Patricia. Glad to see you here, was wondering how you’re doing since I haven’t seen anything form you in some time? Hope you’re well and you’ll be joining the April Challenge. Hugs!

  2. It only gets easier. And better. I can attest to this. :)

  3. yay, Slivia! Good for you and a big congrats! As writers, I think we put ourselves out there each time we make any of our writing public, whether it’s a blog, publishing a story, and submitting our work. So proud of you :-)

  4. Well done Sylvia! Great photo by the way. I guess writing blogs counts as ‘putting ourselves out there’? The self promotion is never easy. And so what if one self promotes because one believes in one’s work/writing, if I don’t who will. Lose the complacency!!!

  5. Hi Silvia .. I do dislike public speaking .. but as you say ‘just do it’ . Congratulations .. and you look so professional – what a great subject too about happiness … cheers Hilary

  6. So awesome. I’m glad it went well, but SO proud that you did it. :)

  7. You brave woman, you! Public speaking can be as terrifying as it can be exhilarating — and utterly exhausting. Making a presentation to 150 people takes a lot of courage. Congratulations!

  8. Yay, Silvia!! Totastmasters is such a wonderful organization. I was a member for 5 years and learned much and use and reflect on what I learned many times. Nice photos.

  9. Eventually I dared to comment. I can’t comment on a blog if there are so many girls. First of congratulations for your first ever public speech, second Did you or anyone else record the speech? If yes then share please. :)

  10. Congratulation, Silvia!! It is a hurdle that will become easier and easier.

    Toastmasters is a wonderful organization. Keep speaking! Susan

    On Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 1:30 PM, Silvia Writes

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