As Toastmasters, we know the importance of public speaking and delivering a compelling presentation. We work hard to refine our speaking skills, hone our delivery, and captivate our audience. However, in the midst of all the excitement and competition that comes with Toastmasters contests, it’s easy to forget that there’s more to a presentation than just the performance. It’s important to remember that the message matters just as much as the delivery.
Especially at contest, you’ll hear a variety of speeches on a wide range of topics. Each speaker will have a unique message to share, and it’s important to listen to what they have to say. While it’s certainly impressive to see someone deliver a polished, captivating performance, it’s the substance of the message that will truly resonate with your audience.
This is why it’s important to approach Toastmasters contests with an open mind and a willingness to listen. Don’t get caught up in the competition or the spectacle of the event. Instead, focus on the substance of what each speaker is saying. Listen carefully to their message, and try to understand the key points they’re trying to convey.
Listening to the message is not only important for your own personal growth and development as a Toastmaster, but it’s also important for the speakers themselves. After all, the purpose of a Toastmasters contest is to provide speakers with an opportunity to practice their skills and receive constructive feedback. By truly listening to their message, you’ll be able to provide more thoughtful and insightful feedback, which can ultimately help them become better speakers.
In conclusion, while the performance is certainly important, don’t forget to focus on the message during Toastmasters contests. By actively listening and engaging with each speaker’s message, you’ll be able to develop a deeper understanding of their ideas and insights, and provide more valuable feedback. So the next time you attend a Toastmasters contest, remember to keep an open mind, listen carefully, and appreciate the substance of what each speaker has to say.