My Winning Speech

As promised, below you will find the words that make up my winning speech.  I say words because, as with all good speeches, words alone cannot convey the three key elements of vocal variety that were so essential to the delivery of this speech – pace, pitch and pause.

Some of you might feel an element of familiarity regarding the story, and indeed, this speech began as a much longer speech (Making Spaghetti) that I wrote more than 18 months ago and shared here on my blog soon after I first delivered it at a club meeting.

Some months later, several actually, one of my fellow members mentioned how good that speech was and that it would make a terrific speech for the Humorous Speech Contest.  Thank you, Judith, for sewing the seeds of inspiration in my mind.
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Being Still

I love getting out in the garden and tending to my plants.  There’s a simple joy that goes hand in hand with watering them and watching them grow, and it is amazing how they respond to a little fertiliser.

My frangipani – still blooming

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Making Spaghetti

The following is another speech I wrote and delivered at my Toastmasters Club.  Yes, writing speeches takes me away from writing blog posts, but I have a place for both and enjoy juggling the two.  The project this speech was written for is Speaking After Dinner from the advanced manual The Entertaining Speaker and while reading I ask that you imagine you’ve just enjoyed a wonderful meal at my place.


Ladies and gentlemen.  With a room full of meat-eating wheat-consuming friends such as yourselves, it was a pleasure to prepare dinner this evening and I’m sure you will all agree that I make mean spaghetti.  I admit it doesn’t hold a candle to authentic Italian Bolognese, but it’s a good old-fashioned Aussie spag bol, the perfect blend of various meats and vegetables, lovingly infused with an assortment of herbs and spices, then carefully blended with a little parmesan cheese and loads of al dente pasta.  The perfect fuel for our bodies.
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With Mashed Potato, Mushy Peas, and Gravy

My mother, Marie Clare came into this world on the 25th August 1941.  She was the second child of William and Agnes Brown and a little sister for her brother Tony.  I didn’t know much about my mother’s childhood, though I believe it was very happy.  She often spoke of family, holidays by the beach with her cousins and always of the abundance of love to share around.
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Butter, Flour and Milk

The following is another speech I wrote and delivered at my Toastmasters Club. 

The (speech) project was How To Say It, the fourth project in the Competent Communicator manual, the first speech manual members are asked to complete.


Butter, Flour and Milk – Three ingredients that most people can find in their kitchen.  Three simple ingredients that by themselves are plain and boring to say the least.  Lacking interest and almost unappealing, yet when blended together in a gentle dance of love and tenderness, they create a little parcel of sumptuous delight that most find completely irresistible.
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