When You Run Into the Wall, Turn Right

2012 February 1
by roma

Two weeks ago I gave a speech at my EcoVoices Toastmasters club. The objective of the speech was to use words skillfully to convey an idea (use short words, get rid of jargon, be specific), incorporate rhetorical devices and generally appeal to the senses.

I wrote the speech the same day I was giving it. I was successful in using diction that appealed to all the senses. However, I had many unnecessary words, and my cadence was off. I inserted pauses in the speech where I used to insert filler words like "Uhh".

Since then I've been practicing this speech with the intent of maintaining a steady cadence. The speech is dedicated to Yachi Sakaguchi, my best friend in Japan! Here's the speech:

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