My Toastmasters Speech

Let Me See Your Hands

Toastmasters

Can’t recommend this organization enough!

I joined Toastmasters a few months ago.

The Toastmasters’ mission is “To empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders.”

I have really enjoyed getting a bit more out of my comfort zone as a public speaker. By now, you should realize my chosen medium of communication is the written word. What you don’t know is I have plans to take my writing on the road in the near future.

On August 5th of this year, I’ll be giving a one-hour workshop at the Mississippi Office of Highway Safety conference in Biloxi, Mississippi. The title of the workshop is “The Anatomy of a Traffic Stop”. The short seven minute video below is a brief snippet of that workshop.

In it, I tell you about the worst day of my law enforcement career.

(Before I get hate mail about the portrait view, let me explain. The Wife periscoped the talk live and Periscope requires that view.)

If you’ve ever wanted to improve your confidence and leadership skills through public speaking, I can’t encourage you enough to look up your local Toastmasters club and get involved!

I am looking to increase my public speaking experience, so if you know of any opportunities, please connect with me!

And most importantly, for my brothers and sisters in blue, don’t forget:

Always look at the hands!

Please note: I reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive or off-topic. Snark is encouraged. Being a prat is not.

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9 thoughts on “My Toastmasters Speech

  1. Have you considered not wearing the suit? I feel you loose at little credibility with a suit when talking about traffic and hands vs. if you’d be in uniform. I’ve been to dozens of trainings were I’ve seen the class dismiss good information because the guy didn’t look the part. I’ve always been an advocate of: “Look good, sound good, or it’s no good.”

    Love the topic and it simply can never be said enough that “hands kill.” Lastly, have you / do you plan on having some visual aids on a screen to add emotion and impact to your topic? Example being the crime scene photo of the 11-99 and then memorial photos of the fallen Officers?

    In true brotherly and borrowed sense… “Stay Safe and Sane!”

  2. I was taught that direct eye contact was always a huge plus. From the video angle it was hard to tell if you did that but based on head movement I am guessing you did. Excellent talk. I appreciated the variance in your voice and the emphasis (the lectern smack was great) for keeping me focused on what you were saying.

  3. I like what you said, of course, but more importantly, is how you delivered it. You spoke clearly and used emphasis when appropriate, and effectively, I might add. Now, with only 7 mins I’ll make this observation, move around, but not up and back, up and back. Perhaps over time you’ll be able to not even use the lectern all that much. It may just be a pet peeve of mine, so take it with a grain of salt. I wish we could have gotten a closer look at your face, which on FB you tend to hide from us. 🙂

  4. That was brilliant and I was very impressed. I know that I couldn’t get up and do that. As far as your attire goes I think it depends on the audience you are talking to. I think if you are talking to a civilian audience the suit is a good idea as it makes the message more personal, more “human “if you can forgive that phrase. It is my belief that people quite wrongly see the uniform and not the person wearing it while the suit is neat, serious and shows the man. I think for a civilian audience it can make the difference between recieving an instruction and hearing the information. A LEO based audience would have no problem seeing past the uniform to the man but the uniform would establish an immediate visual link to experience. Just my thoughts and again well done.

  5. I thought you did very well. the suit looks fine. I do not know what you will wear at the Big Event….but s full suit…with tie tied…and jacket on….means…I am serious…I am giving this subject respect….I thought you moved an appropiate amount…You did not speak to fast…you did not repeat phrases (you know, um, uh)….very professional….when you mentioned the seeing the ring…I thought at first you were speaking of the guy in the cars hand….Motorcop…good info for regular folks…