Speaking at contests is much the same as delivering talks on board ships on which I work as a guest speaker; one is really being judged one way or the other.
Passengers on cruise ships are, generally speaking, mightily discerning and demanding audiences – a bit like our contest judges.
Nothing could be truer than the old adage “You can please some of the people some of the time…..”
I have never actually ‘died’ on stage, but some audiences are hard to please and I have been, unfairly, accused of sexism, ageism and misogyny.
But if I have 498 satisfied customers and just two complaints at the end of each talk, I do tend to regard that as a reasonable result. I certainly never receive the benefit of written feedback as we get in Toastmasters. But if they buy me a gin and tonic, that’s a good substitute.
It’s a great “Life On The Ocean Wave” as a guest of the various cruise lines that I work for.
I recommend it to my fellow Toastmasters. It was a privilege to represent Guildford Speakers at Club and Area Contest.
I’m only sorry that I wasn’t at the Division Contest…..yes, you guessed it; I’ll be at sea around South-East Asia.
David is a member of Guildford Speakers, Area 14 since April 2009, won the Area 14 Humorous Speech contest when he regaled all with stories of his first career as a British Airways pilot. David gives us a snapshot of what life is like on board cruise liners as he sails around the world “speaking” , in the second phase of his career.