Wojtek was a Treasurer for 2 years and now he’s going to “retire”. He has got a small baby but he finds time to attend Club meetings on regular basis.
1. I heard that everybody says your presentations are always both looking professional and have comic accent. Tell us your secret: how are you doing that?
Thank you, I’m glad to hear that someone enjoyed my presentations :-) I think everyone can deliver presentation that looks professional and have a comic accent, it’s just a matter of having some practice and understanding the audience expectations, anticipating reaction and re-thinking many times what you could say and how people will react to that and how to make the most out of it.
There is no secret in public speaking, there is no secret in looking as professional speaker, or being able to have comic accents in your speeches, all that comes with practice and the key to success is about being brave to expose yourself to as many public appearances as possible.
2. Which cadence as a Treasurer is it for you? Did you got a full time contract?
It’s now the end of my second cadence. Being Treasurer is very likable position – on one hand you have a possibility to be part of executive committee team and to have possibility to decide on club future. On the other hand the position is not as demanding as VP Education or VP Membership. This is be an advantage when you have a small baby – so I recommend to everyone – not only taking a Treasurer position but any position in Executive Team. Being treasurer is not a permanent contract and so if I manage to find a proper replacement, I think it is time to hand over ;-)
3. We all want to know how you are managing being an employee, husband, father and Toastmaster altogether?
It is not an easy task. I am a very happy man but also very busy and that’s why I haven’t delivered speech for ages ;-)
It seems so simple when you write about it, but preparing a speech is the most crucious.
4. How long does it take to prepare a 6 minutes speech and how was it when you started learning public speaking (and when did you start) ?
The biggest problem for me is to come up with an idea for the speech that could be interesting for the audience and suitable for me. That can take a lot of time. But once I finally have the right idea it goes quite smoothly. I normally put the speech on paper and repeat several times – I am trying to be well prepared – it does not mean that I know my speech by heart, but almost – not to loose the lines when performing on stage.
When did I start – though to say – public speaking is something we simply cannot avoid in our lives and we are constantly being exposed to different types of public performances, I do not remember when was the first time for me. With toastmasters I am already for more than 2 years and I noticed that the more experience and exposure in public speaking I have the less time for preparation is needed, all speakers will once notice that.
5. What steps do you take? Do you make notes at the beginning or maybe record your voice? Or do something else? What are next steps and the final rehearse?
I make notes at the beginning and repeat several times, sometimes rehearse in front of the mirror, rethink pitch points, change lines. I do not have a habit of recording my voice, it’s because I am a kind of person that learns the best and fastest by reading and repeating.
6. What’s most important when preparing a speech?
I think the most important when preparing a speech is to understand the audience – what I mean here is to be able to make the speech structure and wording in such way the it will be understandable and interesting for listeners. From time to time I see speeches when I don’t understand anything, starting from the idea to the speech purpose. If only the author could think about broader perspective – not only what he wanted to say, but what is audience expectation, what do they want to hear, what can be interesting – that would make a great difference.
Obviously, it is also very important to be brave and think positive about upcoming stage performance :-)