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This weekend my Toastmasters group had a special “marathon” Table Topics meeting. I volunteered for the last question, “Where do you find inspiration?” Apparently, I did a good job because I took home the ribbon for Best Table Topics that day!

Anyway, I liked what I had to say, as well, and thought that I’d share with you the video of the speech for two reasons:

  1. So you can learn and be inspired by what I said, and
  2. So you can get some ideas of how to handle an off-the-cuff presentation.


For those of you who are not familiar with Toastmasters and Table Topics, this is the portion of the meeting where people are given the opportunity to give an impromptu 1- to 2-minute speech, responding to a question they only just heard.

This provides excellent practice for those every-day situations that require this type of speaking:

  • job interviews
  • meeting new people
  • interacting with customers and clients

and so many more scenarios.

Observe how I organized my thoughts, where I paused, my body language. This is not a perfect presentation, but it is pretty darn good (even if I say so myself). How can you learn from this short video to improve your public speaking?

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Carma Spence, author of Public Speaking Super Powers, is an award-winning editor with more than 20 years experience in marketing, public relations and science communication. She is a multi-dimensional entrepreneur, a certified life coach, science fiction writer and poet. She is able to see people's brilliance and help them bring their genius to light. The wind beneath her clients’ wings, Carma provides creative entrepreneurs with expert advice on branding and online presence, as well as the emotional support necessary to carve out their niche for success online. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.