While in Toastmasters for the last 15 years I have been taught to reduce the details in the stories that I share. Often times women speakers are told they share too much. And I can see that when you have just 5 to 7 minutes. As a candidate I will have to have several speeches in varying lengths. I may show up at an event and have 1 minute to speak or 10 minutes or 30 minutes. Voters, doubters, and supporters aren't worried about how many of the speaking marks I hit. They want to know their candidate, for or against. They want to connect with the me as candidate or confirm their doubts. Perhaps they want to be inspired to entrust in me their hard earned tax money and policy making decisions. To do that they need to connect to me. They don't need to connect to a judging form.
In my first training session with Emerge Arizona I was sitting there thinking "Oh my gosh, this is totally the opposite of what I know and train others to do". After getting through the morning after clearing my mind and being open, I got the opportunity to present my message on healthcare. And it clicked. It all made sense. Being a Toastmaster is not the same as being a candidate. Thankfully my feedback was incredibly positive. My classmates confirmed what I know to be true about my speaking style. I appreciated the feedback from the instructor on how I was able to think on my
feet. Thank you Toastmasters and Table Topics for that! The shift starts now to move from one way of speaking to another. I did recommend to my classmates that they join a Toastmasters club as many of them relied on ah, um, and so. Practicing their speaking will help all of us improve and be better speakers. And to help us all with speech writing and communicating effectively. I hope some of them join.
You may be thinking why make the change now. Well my candidacy started yesterday. I may not run for a couple of years but if there is a chance to run sooner I will be taking it. So it is time to speak like a candidate. And be a candidate.