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When was the last time you had a conversation with a four year old kid?  Did you connect?  And if you were lucky, you would have noticed that no sooner you kneeled down and talked to him from his level of eye contact…. You both connected.

But why is that when you talk down to him, he pretends to listen and does not. Why does the kid openly reflect that he is uncomfortable?  This is clearly because that is how we are biologically engineered.

In the last four weeks, while attending club contests, I realized that many speakers who delivered a speech with good content did not fare well with the judges marking.  I wondered why until I myself occupied the judges chair and realized that no sooner you are expected to judge the speech, your judgment comes under one umbrella…………. “Did the delivery connect with the judge or not.”  If it did, the speaker could be marked higher than if the speaker did not!   This may sound a bit confusing but I would like you to imagine

Speech # 1 Scenario: A Toastmaster delivers a speech stating that at 6 years of age he was hit by a car and thrown away wherein he had to miss 30 days of schooling.

Speech # 2 Scenario: Toastmaster delivers a speech stating that this November when coming out of the club meeting, he was  hit  by a car and thrown away wherein he was hospitalized for 30 days .  Now my questions to you is – Which speech scenario would you mark higher?

Enjoy Exploring……& welcome comments….

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