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Visualize yourself winning

You have prepared a winning speech. You have rehearsed. You have worked with your mentor then rehearsed again and again.

What’s left?


You must want to win to win. Visualising yourself winning is a very important aspects of your preparation. When you close your eyes you should picture yourself having fun before the audience . You should notice the audience having fun as well, smiling and hanging onto every word.

Picture yourself winning  and it will give you the attitude a winner. The audience will love it. The Judges will love it. You will love it.

Pause not Aah, uhm

Whether it is true or not that we fear silence because of the dread of that final pause when we are six feet under, we should never replace ‘silence points’ with redundant sounds like ah, eh and uhm.

Pause for two or three seconds and audiences assume you’ve lost your place; five seconds they think the pause is intentional; after ten seconds even the people texting can’t help looking up. When you start speaking again the audience naturally assumes the pause was intentional… and that you’re a confident and accomplished speaker. A poor speaker abhors a vacuum; only confident speakers are secure with silence. Take one long pause to gather your thoughts and the audience will automatically give you speaker bonus points

Tall Tales Contest

Tall Tales with vocal variety contest:

Duration allowed 3 to 5 minutes
Eligibility Open to All

Tall tale 2012

Contestants are required to tell a story of highly exaggerated and improbable nature and have a theme and a plot while using vocal variety smoothly and naturally. It is advisable to study the objectives of Project 6: Vocal Variety, in the Competent Communication manual. Props may be employed. For details about rules see General Rules and Procedures.

Click here to signup for Speaker, judge, ballot counter, timer or Sergeant at Arms or click here to contact the contest chair