What a week! This past Thursday, I was a contestant in an “IceBreaker” Speech Contest for Toastmasters. This contest was held by a local Toastmasters club called “Story Tellers.” Eleven of us, from various clubs around the Houston area participated. Wow, it was awesome! I heard eleven outstanding speeches. Just like people come in all shapes and size, great speeches are presented in just as many ways! I enjoyed listening to the others and I learned alot about the various contestants. After all, an Ice Breakers speech is a short speech about you! How hard can that be? It is not that hard to talk about yourself; however, you still have to organize it, make it interesting, and make it not seem like it’s all about you. After all, you are also trying to make the audience feel good about themselves too and perhaps learn a thing or two!
My speech was called “Dare to Be Different.” It was about a challenge, I presented to the audience, utilizing my experiences as a “Hard of Hearing” person. It was a positive speech, it really was not about my story, it was about what the audience can do for themselves to live their lives in a more fulfilling manner. I received lots of compliments, although I did not win. I may not have won, but I felt great after the presentation with the good feedback. I enjoyed the contest, it was my first Toastmasters contest and I hope it is the first of many more speech contests. As y’all know, I am competitive and I have a new challenge to conquer, winning a speech contest. There will be a contest in the fall, and I will be back.
Writing of competition, I will be off to the Region 9 Horse Show in Fort Worth tomorrow. I can’t wait! It’s been 6 years since I had shown at the Regional level. Chance and I are ready! We have been practicing hard and we had an awesome lesson this past Friday. Hopefully, we will repeat that same awesome ride!
I will be showing on Tuesday in Half Arabian Hunter Select Rider and on Wednesday in Half Arabian 40 and over!
Stay tuned, as I will post a new blog entry on how it went.
If you are in Fort Worth, stop by the John Justin Arena and watch the show! Lots of Gorgeous horses and incredible riders, with their patient trainers!
As always, have a sunny day! Susanna