Our public speaking training session this past weekend went very well. Gwen Schott spent about an hour giving us tips and tricks, as well as helping us come up with back up plans for worst-case scenarios.
After a brief refreshment break, our Speak Up competitors prepared their speeches. Shannon Shuey, Matt Kaufman and I all competed. Shannon took first place in the Open division; however, she will be unable to compete on the Regional level on June 8, so I will compete in her place. Matt will move on to the Regional competition in the Novice division.
Please wish us luck (and steady nerves) as we prepare for this Sunday’s competition. Also, if you have some speech writing advice – feel free to share!
UPDATE: Due to lack of participation, Shannon and Matt will advance to the State competition on July 12 in Asheboro.
~ Kelly Quinones Miller, 2008 IDVP