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Aug 25

The Video of My Toastmasters Speech on the World Stage

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Every speaker wants a Toastmasters Trophy! (These happen to be for the Humorous Speech Contest)

Let me see, where was I? Oh yes, I was going to post the video of the world semi-finals speech I gave at the Toastmasters International Speech Contestlast week in Orlando. But I got a sidelined on Tuesday when a food processor blade did a swan dive out of the cupboard, landing on an artery in my hand. Which resulted in an array colorful words usually heard only during marine boot camp or on loading docks. Needless to say, I had to have stitches…in my hand, that is (just to be clear).

Even though I’m all about listening to my doctor’s ridiculously expensive advice, sometimes I think doctors error on the side of caution because they just don’t want the headache (or the lawsuit) of being wrong. Today is day five since our food processor blade carved up my hand like a Cornish game hen, and I’m happy to say I can now type just fine (even though the doctor said it might take longer). Yes, the stitches are still in (they come out on day 10), and yes I still can’t get my hand wet, but I can once again attack a keyboard like maniacal two-headed woodpecker.

And Now Back to the Speech Portion of Our Show

So as promised, before I was so rudely interrupted by a nasty kitchen appliance, below is my speech performance on the world stage at the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. (The contest was televised on pay-per-view, so the quality of my clip is actually pretty good.) As I already mentioned in a previous blog, I didn’t win, but that’s okay. Because the guy who did come out on top in m group (Mario Lewis, with his hilarious speech “Size Matters”) absolutely deserved his accolade and I couldn’t be happier for him.

I’m also proud of the fact that I won several speech contests in the last year to get to that point, and that I was able to walk up on that stage and tell my story. A story that is so personal that at the very end of my speech I choked up on the line about “learning to let go, not because I want to, but because I have to.” That line suddenly hit very close to home on many levels. Since I last publicly gave that speech my life has changed in ways that I didn’t ask for and didn’t expect. But in the end, just like unexpectedly slicing open your hand on an ordinary Tuesday, you deal with what comes. I can’t go into it now, but suffice to say I’ll have some great blog posts in the near future. In any case, I have no room to complain because my kids are healthy and I’m healthy, which is all that really matters.

So even though you may have seen it before (from a previous contest win), here is my speech, “Wynton Marsalis Had My Back”, taped on August 16, on the world stage at the semi-finals of the 2012 Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Enjoy! (P.S. I wish you guys all could’ve been there. Next time I’m bringing a posse!)

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Stacy Dymalski is a stand-up comic who gave up the glamorous life of coach travel, smokey comedy clubs, and heckling drunks for the glamourous life of raising kids (who happen to be bigger hecklers than the drunks). This blog is her new stage.

For more of Stacy’s comedy check out her hilarious book Confessions of a Band Geek Mom available in paperback and on Kindle on Amazon.com.

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  1. LInda G.

    I watched this and when it was over I stood up and gave you a standing ovation. You make me want to be better, Stacy. Thank you.

  2. Stacy Dymalski

    Wow, Linda, thank you! I don’t know what to say (and coming from me, that’s almost unbelievable). Your comment actually made me misty-eyed (seriously). As a writer, or a speaker, there is nothing more rewarding than knowing you’ve connected with your audience. Thank you so much for your comment. It’s the kindling I need to keep my creative fire burning…which allows me to keep moving forward. :-)

  3. Kimberly Floria

    Nice job!! Congrats on all your several speech contest wins.

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      Thanks, Kimberly. It was a long journey, but a fun one. And I learned a lot, both about myself and public speaking.

  4. Defining Motherhood

    Fantastic!

    1. Stacy Dymalski

      Thanks! I appreciate you checking out my speech and commenting. I’m so glad you liked it. :-)

  5. Theresa Kasun

    Awesome! Loved the youtube video.

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