Contest season continues.
Unfortunately, I did not prepare as well for this evening as I would have liked. It’s been a busy week. Coupled with the fact that I do not like my speech, I just wasn’t as motivated as I should have been.
As for the International Speech contest, I looked at the area contest as a rehash of the club contest. Our area has four clubs. One club does not participate, one club did not hold a contest, and I won at both the other clubs. I felt confident going in, but unprepared. I had reason to be concerned. Tony upped his game. He came in prepared. He worked on his speech. He had me engaged. I thought he won the contest.
I have a theory about area contests. I have noted at other contests, and it definitely happened tonight, that the audience is stoic. There is no response. None. No feedback means I just kept going. My time was way too fast.
Jerry Shockey was the model speaker for the Evaluation contest. He had a pretty good speech. As I prepared, I saw a connection to his timeline and his theme of family/love to The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. I used that. I had a pretty good evaluation. I became a little nervous at the end. That happens occasionally. I did not hear Peter Murphy’s evaluation. Ken Chotiner had a solid evaluation.
In the end, the judges enjoyed both my speech (The Izzy Effect) and my evaluation. It feels good to win. But there’s now the problem I saw before the club contest; the speech is not good enough to go on. I need to write a new speech for the Division D contest. I need to get moving.
As for evaluations, I take a different approach than those who I have seen win at the higher levels. I do not have anything prepared. I am very much a hit-or-miss evaluator. If I am on my game, I deliver a solid evaluation. If I’m not, well, I know I won’t win. I do not have any flowery openings or closings. I actually concentrate on identifying what worked in the speech for me and what I think would help the speech/speaker going further. But being in both contests is now a hindrance as it keeps full focus on either of the contests.
Time to man up . . . and write a speech.