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Seeking inspiration

I gave my first Toastmasters speech shortly after I joined in October.  I haven’t given another since.  I’m not exactly setting the world on fire.  I’m willing, it’s just that the thing about giving speeches is that you need topics.  I have been having terrible speechwriter’s block.

I never anticipated how tough it would be to come up with topics.  We’re there to practice skills, and as such not every speech has to be inspirational or hilarious or gripping.  But I also don’t want to bore myself to death while giving a speech!

It only took me two and a half months, but I finally have a topic for my second speech.  I’m going to relate some of the funny sayings and stories about my grandmother into life lessons.  I think it’s going to be fun and relatable — I just have to hope I’m not on the same night as somebody’s icebreaker speech if I want any hope of taking home Best Speaker. ;)

That was when my grandmother took me to Las Vegas and taught me to gamble, right after I turned 21.  I had the best time!  Wish I still had those pants.

Any ideas for future speeches, or ways to keep speechwriter’s block at bay?  Sometimes it’s hard enough just coming up with blog posts, sheesh.

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