Ok, I’m by no means a professional speaker.

The Stages in creating a Toastmasters Speech will vary.

I’m just an introverted sales/marketing guy who uses my local Toastmasters International Club as a learning and improving tool.

Toastmaster speaker

In this post I’m sharing the process I used to create several versions of my Speech, from a first Draft of text to a point form version on a card.

Hope you find something helpful.

Now, I happen to also be a Multipotentialite Scanner who was recently diagnosed with a form of ADD so I’m impressing myself with how I actually get ANYTHING Done!

In the process of practicing my Writing Here and Speaking at Toastmasters, I decided to enter the Humorous Speech contest for the first time.

Those of you who are familiar with TM, from the Competent Communication (CC) manual, Project #7 is Research Your Topic. I had done a lot of research on ADD,

But I had to try to make it Humorous too!

Coincidently, I had picked up a used copy of “Never Be Boring Again” by Doug Stevenson several months ago, which I highly recommend. Unfortunately, I hadn’t finished the book or attempted his “Story Theater Method” techniques when the contest was close to arriving.

Nevertheless, I committed to my first speech contest, which I practiced, won our club contest and went on to the Area Toastmasters contest. I quickly realized that I was out of my league and that I need way more practice to compete at the Area level (See Stephen’s winning speech here which he won the Area and took 3rd at District competition).

One of the trickiest things about Toastmaster speeches is keeping the length only 5-7 minutes.

My first draft was over 9 minutes long.

I actually wrote 9 different steps or versions of the speech. I started with basic ideas then did elimination and added little bits of structure. I video recorded/timed myself practicing, then eliminate, structure, repeat until I got it around 7 minutes. Ultimately, I broke I down to point form on a 3×5” card that I kept in my pocket for a reminder peak just before I spoke (remember, I do have ADD so my mind wanders and makes this difficult!)

 

I won’t share all 9 drafts but here are a few so you get the idea. These are unedited. I need the spaces, colors, bold, italics, tabs, bullets etc. for my mind to remember.

 

First Draft –

Get everything down. Don’t worry about structure yet.

 

Project 7 – Research Your Topic.   5-7 minutes.

Use information to support main point (ADD in Adults)

  • Statistics -numbers from incidents, data, or events.
  • Testimony – Quotes or opinions from others
  • Stories –
  • Visual aids – diagrams, charts, pictures models or objects.
  • Facts – verifiable.

Walking Dead

Walking ADD

 

 

Title: Race Car on a Bicycle Path – The Amazing Brain’s of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

 

Opening…

 

Recent diagnosis

 

Dr. Edward Hallowell – Says the ADD Brain is like a Race Car with Bicycle Brakes.

 

have done (and continue) research/ gather info…

 

Realize Society and Dr.s

Whabout understanding and respecting Add’ers not demanding Behavioural Conformity.

 

 

Dr. Daniel Amen

Complex as different styles,

some can’t focus or “become antsy” – others over-focus “hyper-focus” “zone out”

 

 

in my case, Dr. Edward Hallowell’s quote “Brain’s like a Race car with Bicycle brakes”

 

 

not discussed enough

many don’t talk about it so I thought “lets try and see if we can joke about it”

 

Body

 

story/anecdote.

Typical evening…

gotta write a blog post…or some other example…

 

which tense to write?

 

different voices for

1.“brain talking” (or each thought)

  1. General Fact
  2. Mya
  3. Clint.

 

about face each time mind wanders? change directions slowly?

 

 

going to write a blog article for my website

Interrupted by thoughts and 6 year and 2 year.

 

 

Settle in at computer in my basement office

Set alarm for 20 min uninterrupted writing time..

What topic to write about?

ADD, yes.

BRAIN: “It’s been a while since you impressed the boss, you should really work on that press release about our 20 years in business.

GENERAL: Bing..oooh a Pinterest notification…Pins that you may like…

BRAIN: We just love furniture and cool stuff made from pallets and garden ideas..(pause)

CLINT: come on, Focus, lets get back to the blog post.

which one’s more important, the ADD or the 20 year press release?

I got way too many windows open,

Fresh Start, lets just close these down so we can get back on track

Back to desktop

Oh yeah there’s that image of that cool Video Camera _____

BRAIN: “We really should Google the model number…”

GENERAL: No! Stop that and open the damn Word Processor..

There, now we’ve focused and written a few paragraphs. We’re rolling.

Kid comes in

Mya: “Daddy”

Clint: “Yes Honey? What is it, Daddy’s trying to concentrate and do some writing”

Mya: “Hana stole my popsicle sticks”

Clint: Well Mya, you know she’s only 2.

(Surprise)

Clint: Hana did you steal__WHOA! What happen to you! What have you done to yourself! Clint turning to Mya: Mya, why is Hana’s face and her arms all Green?

Mya: “well, she stole my popsicle sticks and Crayons and Markers too…” Smirk…

 

Leave office and clean up Hana

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BRAIN: “We’re very thirsty.”

GENERAL: head to basement fridge for a Beer.

BRAIN: “We should really drink more water, you know”

GENERAL: walk by furnace, remember that the filter needs new filter…remove filter, take to garage get replacement. See all the toys piled for donation.

BRAIN: “We should really take those to Value Village, you know”

GENERAL: No! Stop that and get back to the damn Word Processor.

Settle back in at computer in basement…

GENERAL: oh yeah, don’t forget to pick up Dry-cleaning on wed…vegetables from Farmers Market on Thurs, Swimming lessons on Sat…

BRAIN: “We have already put these in your Google calendar so we don’t have to remember

, you know”

 

ALARMMMMM………and 10min have passed.

 

 

Conclusion

 

 

To end, give some stats, facts and hard data.

To end, consider this hard data.

 

 

google undiagnosed stats, for opening?

 

How ADD’ers help

Successful ADD’ers

Why ADD’ers are

 

 

leave you with this advice: from ADD Crusher…Alan Brown

 

To Get More Things done or Stay on Track

 

Label each new thought.

 

1.What I’m Doing Now.

2.BS, Not important. Bye Bye.

3.Important but Not what I’m doing now.

 

ADD’ers have many

 

Quote by Carol Smaldino? or

But here, for me, is one of the lessons we can all learn from ADD in general, which is that we need to cultivate respect for ourselves and for our children, rather than demand behavioral conformity without considering the lust for freedom that we sing about in theory.

Good news – Drugs/meds work, if used for proper ADD type…

 

Bad news – Society and many Doctors don’t fully appreciate ADD wiring.

 

What I yearn for is understanding and respecting ADD’ers not demanding Behavioural Conformity.

 

 

End on with a chuckle at all?

 

Walk back to BRAIN spot…

 

BRAIN: “We really should leave, it’s time to go you know”

 

 

Draft 3 –

Begin structure. Create opening, body and conclusion. Some editing begins. First practice out loud while videoing. Was over 9 minutes long.

 

Project 7 – Research Your Topic.   5-7 minutes.

Use information to support main point (ADD in Adults)

 

  • Statistics -numbers from incidents, data, or events.
  • Testimony – Quotes or opinions from others
  • Stories –
  • Visual aids – diagrams, charts, pictures models or objects.
  • Facts – verifiable.

 

Title: Race Car on a Bicycle Path – The Amazing Brain’s of ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)

 

Opening…

 

Recent diagnosis

ADD or ADHD Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Principal Characteristics ADHD Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity.

 

I’m on Inattention side

 

Dr. Edward Hallowell – Says the ADD Brain is like a Race Car with Bicycle Brakes.

 

 

have done (and continue) research/ gather info…

 

Realize Society and Dr.s don’t find the positives in ADD’ers but mainly the negatives.

Don’t understand and respect ADD’ers but demanding Behavioural Conformity.

 

Most Dr’s generalize ADD but

Psychiatrist – Dr. Daniel Amen – (Amin)

Complex as 7 different styles,

Main -… can’t focus or “become antsy” – others “hyper-focus” or “zone out

Somewhere between

 

Topic not often discussed

We can’t talk about it I thought “lets try to laugh and joke about it”

 

Body

 

story/anecdote….Typical evening….gotta write a blog post…

 

4 characters in scenario –

  1. GOOD BRAIN
  2. BAD BRAIN
  3. Mya
  4. Clint.

 

 

about face each time mind wanders? change directions slowly?

 

 

going to write a blog article for my website

Interrupted by thoughts and 6 year and 2 year.

 

Settle in at computer in my basement office

Set alarm for 10 min uninterrupted writing time..

What topic to write about?

GOOD BRAIN: ——How ‘bout ADD, yes great topic. Close all these windows, open up our Word processor to get started.

BAD BRAIN (tilt head down, lower voice): “It’s been a while since you impressed the boss, you should really work on that press release about the co’s journey and 20 years in business.

GOOD BRAIN: —–No, we sat down to write a blog post and we only have 10 min.

GENERAL (lift right arm, look up to right) Bing..oooh a Pinterest notification…Pins that you may like…

BAD BRAIN: We just love furniture and cool stuff made from pallets, interesting garden ideas and pictures of food..(pause for effect)

GOOD BRAIN: —–Come on, Focus, lets get back to the blog post.

BAD BRAIN: Are you sure?

GOOD BRAIN: Oh course I’m sure, that’s why I’m sitting here. Which one’s more important, the ADD blog or the 20-year press release?

I got way too many windows open again,

Fresh Start, lets just close these down so we can get back on track

Back at our desktop

GENERAL (look up to right)…Oooh, there’s that image of that cool Video Camera.

BAD BRAIN: “We really should Google the model number and check it out on Amazon…”

GOOD BRAIN: —–No! Stop that and open the damn Word Processor..( pause for effect, shake it out, simulate typing)

There, now we’ve focused and written a few paragraphs. We’re rolling.

GENERAL (look up to right) Bing…Kid comes in.

MYA: “Daddy”

CLINT: “Yes MYA? What is it, Daddy’s trying to concentrate and do some writing”

MYA: “Hana stole my popsicle sticks”

CLINT: Well Mya, you know she’s only 2.

(Surprise)

CLINT: Hana did you steal__WHOA! What happen to you! What have you done to yourself! (Clint turns to Mya) “Mya, why is Hana’s face and arms all Green?”

MYA: “well… she stole my popsicle sticks AND my Crayons and Markers too…” Smirk…

 

GENERAL (look up to right)…Leave office and clean up Hana

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BAD BRAIN: “We’re very thirsty you know.”

GENERAL: head to basement fridge for a Beer.

BAD BRAIN: “We really should drink more water, you know”

GENERAL: walk by furnace, remember that the filter needs to be changed…remove filter, take to garage to get replacement. See all the toys piled for donation.

BAD BRAIN: “We should really take those to Value Village, you know”

GOOD BRAIN: No! Stop that and get back to the damn Word Processor.

 

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BAD BRAIN: don’t forget to pick up Dry-cleaning on wed…vegetables from Farmers Market on Thurs, Swimming lessons on Sat…

GOOD BRAIN: “We have already put these in your Google calendar so we don’t have to remember. Now you’re reminding your reminders”

ALARMMMMM………aaaaand my 10min have passed.

 

Conclusion

 

To end, give some stats, facts and hard data.

To end, consider this hard data.

 

 

neurobiology and genetics

In USA, Children up to 17 years range from 6-11% of their age group. More boys than girls.

 

Surveys and stats from

Amer. Journal of Psychiatry say approx

4-5% of American Adults show prevalence of ADD.

Between 17-30 million Americans.

 

Advantages:

  • Artistic/Creative,
  • Idea Generators/Brainstorming,
  • See the Big, Broad Picture,
  • Solve Problems quickly,

 

2 of the biggest challenges are Organization and Time Mgmt.

We see all the things that need to be done and Don’t know where to start.

 

Need to Make a Roadmap and detailed Plan.

 

 

leave you with this advice: from ADD Crusher…Alan Brown

 

To Get More Things done or Stay on Track

 

Label each new thought.

 

1.What I’m Doing Now.

2.BS, Not important. Bye Bye.

3.Important but Not what I’m doing now.

 

Good news – Drugs/meds work, if used for proper ADD type…

 

Bad news – Society and many Doctors don’t fully appreciate ADD wiring.

 

What I yearn for is understanding and respecting ADD’ers are just different. not demanding Behavioural Conformity.

 

 

End on with a chuckle at all?

 

Walk back to BRAIN spot…

 

BRAIN: “We really should leave, it’s time to go you know”

GENERAL (look over shoulder): Thanks for the reminder BRAIN, we actually got something done and finished this talk!

 

 

Draft 9 –

Drafts 4-8 were the most difficult. Eliminate, practice, eliminate, practice, to get down to around 7 minutes without rushing.

 

Project 7 – Research Your Topic.   5-7 minutes. –   Version 3

 

Title: Race Car on a Bicycle Path – The Amazing ADD Brain (Attention Deficit Disorder)

 

Opening…

 

Recently diagnosed, form of ADD, Believe, being 42 years- eye-opener.

Principal Characteristics of ADD or ADHD Inattention, Hyperactivity and Impulsivity.

 

This quote sums me up

Dr. Edward Hallowell says “the ADD Brain is like a Race Car with Bicycle Brakes.”

 

Most Dr’s generalize ADD but

Psychiatrist – Dr. Daniel Amen – (Amin)

Complex as 7 different styles,

Main examples- can’t focus or “become antsy” – others

hyper-focus” or “zone out” others – somewhere between

  1. Topic not often discussed

We can’t talk about it so I thought, “Lets try to laugh and joke about it”

 

Body

 

Reenact. Typical evening

4 characters in scenario –

  1. GOOD BRAIN
  2. BAD BRAIN
  3. MYA 6
  4. CLINT… And Hana 2

-Part ONE-                       

Settle in at computer in my basement office

Set alarm for 10 min timer for uninterrupted writing time..

What topic will I write about?

GOOD BRAIN: ——How ‘bout ADD, yes great topic. Close all these windows, open up our Word                                                 processor to get started.

BAD BRAIN (tilt head down, lower voice): “It’s been a while since you impressed the boss, you should                                     really work on that press release about the co’s journey and 20 years in business.

GOOD BRAIN: —–No, we sat down to write a blog post and we only have 10 min.

GENERAL (lift right arm, look up to right) Bing..oooh a Pinterest notification…Pins that you may like…

BAD BRAIN: We just love furniture and cool stuff made from pallets, interesting garden ideas and                                                 pictures of food..(pause for effect)

GOOD BRAIN: —–Come on, Focus, lets get back to the blog post.

 

-Part TWO-

Back at our desktop

GENERAL (look up to right)…Oooh, there’s that image of that cool Video Camera I like.

BAD BRAIN: “We really should Google the model number and check it out on Amazon…”

GOOD BRAIN: —–No! Stop that and open the damn Word Processor..(pause for effect, shake it out,                                                                                                                                                                                                             simulate typing)

There, now we’ve focused and written a few paragraphs. We’re rolling.

 

KIDS Interrupt

GENERAL (look up to right) Bing…Kid comes in.

MYA: “Daddy”

CLINT: “Yes Mya? What is it, Daddy’s trying to concentrate and do some writing”

MYA: “Hana stole my popsicle sticks”

CLINT: Well Mya, you know she is only 2.

(Surprise)

CLINT: Hana did you steal__WHOA! What happen to you! What have you done to yourself!

(Clint turns to Mya) “Mya, why is Hana’s face and arms all Green?”

MYA: “well… she stole my Popsicle sticks AND my Crayons and Markers too…” Smirk…

GENERAL (look up to right)…Leave office to clean up Hana

 

-Part THREE-

 

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BAD BRAIN: “We’re very thirsty you know.”

GENERAL (walk): head to basement fridge for a Beer.

BAD BRAIN: “We really should drink more water, you know”

GOOD BRAIN: Not now! Stop that and get back to the damn Word Processor!

 

Settle back in at computer in basement…

BAD BRAIN: Don’t forget to pick up Dry-cleaning on wed…vegetables from Farmers Market on Thurs, Swimming lessons on Sat…

GOOD BRAIN: “We have already put these in your Google calendar so we don’t have to remember. Now you’re remembering your reminders”

ALARMMMMM………aaaaand my 10min have passed.

 

In Closing, consider this Hard Data.

Conclusion

 

In closing, consider this Hard Data.

 

  1. 6-11% or American children w/ADD
  2. passed by Genetics and based on NeuroBiology, not how we’re raised or environments.
  3. Typically More boys than girls.

(Amer. Journal of Psychiatry says approx)

  1. 4-5% of American Adults show prevalence of ADD.

Between 17-30 million Americans.

 

 

I leave you with thoughts and this advice:

 

Good news – if used for properly and right type of ADD…Drugs/Meds an Natural work,

 

Bad news – Society, Doctors and Teachers still don’t fully appreciate ADD wiring.

 

from Alan Brown, the founder of ADD Crusher.

For yourself or ADDer’s you may know.

 

Label each, new, thought that comes into your Mind. 1 of 3.

 

1.This is – What I’m Doing Now.

2.This is – BS, Not important. Bye Bye.

3.This is Important – but Not what I’m doing now.

 

 

End on with a chuckle at all?           Walk back to BRAIN spot…

 

BAD BRAIN: “We really should leave, it’s time to go you know”

GENERAL (look over shoulder): Thanks for the reminder BRAIN, Hey! we actually got something done! We finished this talk!

 

 

Draft 10 –

Final copy. Point form on card in pocket.

TM speech card

 

 

I practiced this speech about 10 times before Showtime (including all the edits and eliminations). I thought it was enough but it wasn’t for me. Maybe practicing the complete speech 10-20 times would have made me more comfortable. This is why Toastmasters is great. It is totally volunteer and you only get out what you put in. This was all the time that I could put in considering my other life commitments. The experience of speaking in different environments was huge.

 

If this was Helpful at all please comment.

It would mean a lot to me.

 

If this Stinks, also please comment and share!

Thanks.

Clint.

 

 

 

 

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