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Subject: Re: Toastmasters and me Date: 10/7/2012 7:36 PM
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Did you take Speech in college? Like that, only there's no grade and no tuition. Maybe dues? I don't know.

It's a place to go practice your speaking skills.

Art



In elementary school in Cleveland, starting from about the third grade on, we had to give what were called "Morning Talks". Each day a different student would stand in front of the class and give a 5 to 10 minute talk on a topic of his/her choosing (approved by the teacher beforehand, IIRC). The topic had to be researched in advance, and the only notes we were allowed to use were in outline form on 3 x 5 index cards. We also had to include at least a couple "visual aids". After the talk, there was a brief Q & A session where those in the audience could ask questions and the speaker did his best to answer them.

And then there were book reports.

Since then, I don't recall that I ever engaged in any activities showcasing my "speaking skills".
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