Future Goals. I am currently working toward a certification called the Toastmasters Accredited Speaker or “AS” for short. This is the second year for my application, and I’m hopeful that things will go well. As some of you know, I am a big football fan, and I am considering my recent application as my “Hail Mary” pass. Time will tell.
In the end, the committee may not pass me to Level 2 because I am not perfect as I flubbed my closing. At that point in the speech, though, I didn’t want to subject my audience to a re-recording since the committee wants an unedited video, and I will just have to live with it. I am an imperfect person, and it is what it is.
Continuous Support. My audience didn’t mind my flub and were supportive the whole way through. I do know this is better than my previous recordings, so I will likely submit this one. I may have one more opportunity for another video next week, but it will be cutting it very close to the deadline.
Communication Powerhouse Tip: Leave Your Audience with More than When They Came What’s most important is what I’ve always done since starting my 1000 Cranes consulting business. I always want my audience to leave the room with more information than what they had when they entered so that I honor the time they gave to be there to hear my speech. I know I did that here.
Unexpected Encouragement. One of my attendees, Cassandra, came up to me afterward and was so sweet. She told me that I inspired her to improve her speaking skills and to think outside the box about becoming an entrepreneur after her time with the Triangle Residential Options for Substance Abusers (TROSA). This organization typically trains its residents in a variety of job skills, but she said this presentation gave her another option to consider.
Ultimate Goal. She gave me a big hug and told me I had inspired her for bigger things. That, my friends, is why I do what I do. It’s not for the plaques, the awards, certificates, ribbons and acknowledgments (even though those are nice, and it’s great to have goals to reach). What matters most is what we do as speakers and individuals through our speeches, stories and shared experiences to inspire others to be better people. In the end, that’s all that really matters. That is why I am proud to be a Toastmaster, because every time we are at a meeting, educational event, conference/convention or mentoring someone one-on-one, we work to improve ourselves and lift our spirits.
What About Your “Hail Mary”Dreams? Have you ever overcome challenges as you reach your business goals? Is it time for a “Hail Mary” pass? Feel free to comment below or contact Naomi Takeuchi here.