Think writing speeches is tough? Try delivering them to a group of 400 people, all of whom are judging each word, facial expression, and movement you make.
That’s exactly what happens when people compete at one of two public speaking competitions Toastmasters hosts each year.
This November, Renko Pauwels, a member of Mercury Toastmasters in Berlin (also my home club) became the Toastmasters championship speech winner here in Europe.
To be precise, he was the winner in the Toastmasters International District 95 Humorous Speech Contest in Prague, Czech Republic.
If you’ve ever attended one of these events, you’ll know why it’s such a big deal.
A big deal? It’s huge.
As soon as he got back from Prague, I interviewed Renko.
We covered numerous topics, including how to use humour in a speech, how to use body language, how to select the right words, even what to wear to a speech.
This interview is gold for speechwriters because we get to hear how things work from both a writing and delivery perspective.
The speech itself isn’t even the focus…it’s the creative process. Although I will try and get that speech posted.
Enjoy the conversation!