Do you ever struggle with knowing what to talk about when you give a speech? Or do you want a new perspective on the value you bring as a speaker?
If so, be sure to check out this 1-hour video by Darren LaCroix, who’s now a renowned speech coach, and was the 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking (in the annual contest run by Toastmasters International).
Note: If the video starts midway along the timeline, please just drag the playhead back to the start.
Also, there’s about 3 minutes of background at the start of the clip, including short parts of Darren’s acceptance after winning the world title. So if you like, by all means drag the playhead to the 3’10” mark, or skip to that point on YouTube instead.
Darren’s a great speaker, and his talk’s filled with both humour and powerful insight. In fact Patricia Fripp, former head of the National Speakers Association, is quoted as saying:
“This is the best speech Darren ever delivered.”
I also like that he’s put several 3-minute breaks in the video, which give you a chance to write notes about your own life and speaking experiences in response to deep questions he asks. So in that sense the video’s interactive, and I hope that lets you get almost as much out of it as if you’d attended Darren’s session live.
P.S. I first came across this video on Reid Walley’s blog, so my thanks go to Reid for sharing it.
Over to you
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