The evening of Thursday 1st August 2013 saw a brilliant meeting at Leeds City Toastmasters – and I was presenting! I was doing a project from one of the Toastmasters manuals – Speech #4 from the Speaking to Inform advanced manual; my speech was titled “A Beautiful Equation”.

The meeting was full of energy and I have to say was one of the best meetings that I have ever attended at Toastmasters during my more than two year membership to date. I took the opportunity to record my speech and here are a few of the highlights from the speech. To say the speech was less than 10 minutes long didn’t make things any easier – with such a tight time-limit it is crucial to only say what you need to say to keep things flowing and to cut out any superfluous material.

I loved giving the speech, though I was a bit worried when I turned up and couldn’t find a lead to connect me up to the projector until about a minute before the meeting was due to start and then about 10 seconds into my speech I realised I hadn’t connected my slide-clicker up properly! But no speech is perfect and it’s all part of the fun. I’m looking forward to the next meeting and of course, my next speech!