I recently searched out a professional speaking group and was told that there is no better in the world than Toastmasters. A past National Speakers Association President stated a local Toastmasters group that meets here in Colorado is one of the top in the United States, so I decided to look no further.
Needless to say, no one informed me that I, as a new member, would have to participate in the speaking competition contest that week. I was not familiar with the requirements or expectations from the veteran judges. Amazingly, I won the award for “Best Table Topic Speech,” which is known as the toughest to win because the entire club competes. All attendees, who range in number from 50-100, present one to two minute impromptu speeches on surprise topics unbeknownst to the speaker.
I always say that it’s no mistake that the world’s most expensive cars, antiques, and horses, all over the world, are sold at live auctions. This is because a great professional auctioneer is a great salesman, orator, and communicator, always perfecting his craft.