June 24, 2012

Snakes and Ladders: Redoing All Your Speeches

snakes and ladders 500x390 488017797_3b5f531c83_oby Promod Sharma, President 2011-2012, CC

When you finish the 10 speeches in your Competent Communicator manual, you qualify to proceed with the advanced manuals. That’s my strategy but you may have different goals.

Do you remember playing Snakes And Ladders? You’re nearly done when you slide down a snake to the bottom. Or Monopoly where you go directly to jail without passing Go and collecting your $200.

Toastmasters has a similar option but it’s not punishment. You can redo your Competent Communicator manual.

One Speech

If you want to redo a particular speech, you can without redoing all of them. You won’t get additional points but you will get more practice. This time, you might want to get feedback from all the attendees instead of a specific evaluator.

You could also redo your speech on video at home if you don’t need a live audience.

Why Repeat?

Why would anyone want to start over? Here are several reasons.
  1. You might want a refresher on the basics. You’d probably develop new speeches based on your additional skills.
  2. You may not be interested in the 15 advanced manuals.
  3. You may fear failure and prefer to repeat the path you know instead of exploring further. [This isn’t a good reason]

How To Decide

Do you redo or try something new? Here’s an easy way to decide: pick the choice the scares you. You’re then venturing out of your comfort zone. That’s where the real growth takes place.  Toastmasters provides a nurturing environment for you.

Picasso said, “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”

Lincoln said, “I am not bound to succeed but I am bound to live up to the light I have.”

What do you say?


Promod Sharma prefers doing over redoing. He is proceeding with his advanced manuals. You’ll find his website at promodsharma.com.

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