Now What?

12-05-15 Now What?
Now What?, 15 May 2012

Project 2: Resources for Entertainment
The Entertaining Speaker

Tonight I delivered the second speech from The Entertaining Speaker manual. The objective of this speech is to deliver an entertaining speech that draws on stories from outside sources. I struggled with it. As I shared with my evaluator prior to the meeting, this didn’t come together for me. She responded that she knew why; my speeches are usually drawn on personal stories. She is correct about that.

I had this idea of delivering a graduation speech. I had some rough idea as to what I wanted to do. I didn’t get around to addressing this until last evening. I was tired . . . really tired. When I began working on it, nothing flowed. Truly, I was bereft of anything good. My speeches usually have a central theme that I am able to weave in and out. This was nothing like that.

Sometimes, however, there is merit in forging ahead, even when you aren’t at your best. I hadn’t practiced much and I had a couple quotations from others in there. Sigh . . . I got the Walt Whitman quotation scaled down to one line so I wasn’t too worried about it. The Monty Python quotation was far more troubling. Because I elicited feedback during the speech, I lost my train of thought. Given my tentativeness with this speech going in, I had notes in my blazer pocket. I never have notes as my speeches are never written. When I lost my thought, I pulled it out. The evaluator commented. Both she and the GE (also the area governor), indicated it was the first time they ever saw me produce notes. That is simply because it is the first time I ever did.

The biggest problem with the speech delivery, however, was that despite the notes in my hand, I butchered the Monty Python quotation. No one picked up on it, but I am still seething. It is not, “Always walk on the bright side of life.” Rather, it is “Always look on the bright side of life.” Arggghhhhh!

All of that and I still won best speaker this evening. There are different ways of looking at that. I’ll go with the more positive . . . upon listening to this, it wasn’t as bad as I perceived it I suppose.

My Notes

Congratulations 2012
You made it!
Now what?

Practical advice from the free speaker.
children will drive you nuts
work is contrived to fill up your time on this planet

What now?

It isn’t a T-shirt slogan world
It’s all relative
Stuff happens

Abraham Lincoln: I walk slowly, but I never walk backward.
Mark Spitz: If you fail to prepare, you’re prepared to fail.
Arnold Palmer: Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.
Joe Namath: If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?
Wayne Gretsky: You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.

You’re going to die. Recently I heard Bill Brewer, a Toastmaster at
the Boardwalk Club, deliver a speech in which he spoke about striving
to be the person that his eulogy will


Now what?

each actor gets to contribute a verse
O me! O life!

The question, O me! so sad, recurring–What good amid these, O me, O life?


That you are here–that life exists, and identity;
That the powerful play goes on, and you will contribute a verse.

This is something each of us needs to decide for himself; I know your generation is used to cheat codes for games; someone else providing the answer, but that’s not how it works. You must decide. And you deciding is what matters more than the decision you make.

Life’s a laugh and death’s a joke, it’s true,
You’ll see it’s all a show,
Keep ’em laughing as you go.
Just remember that the last laugh is on you!

And always look on the bright side of life

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One thought on “Now What?”

  1. We are our own biggest critics.

    Even at less-than-your-best, you were still great!

    Good job!

    I’m sure preparing earlier & practicing more would have made it polished – but you already know that. You have reached a level where you are able to pull off a good delivery naturally. NICE!!

    Kudos to you!

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