Speaking in front of a large group of people can be unnerving at the best of times. But when you have a veteran Toastmasters’s instructor in the room, your self-consciousness can leave you brainless.
I had to make numerous presentations at the T-CAAN conference in Ottawa last week and one of the attendees was Brian Stecyk from Rose Country Advertising and PR in Edmonton, the aforementioned Toastmaster’s guy. He was counting the number of times we said “um” during our numerous presentations.
Frank Palmer of DDB, the easiest and most confident speaker you will ever hear, hit a whopping 140 “ums” and won a rubber chicken, which Stecyk threw at him. I fumbled it out a mere 13 times and therefore, technically, kicked Frank’s ass.
Problem is I can’t actually remember what I said. I’m pretty sure no one else can either. Frank, on the other hand, had listeners hanging on to his every um.
A toast to hollow victories. Hear hear!