Toastmasters is fantastic...this is where I really get to show my creativity. Especially in a world where sometimes our creativity gets stifled, Toastmasters, for me, is one of the places where I can share some of my adventures.
The best part: sometimes I even win trophies. For those of you that know me well, you know that I will participate in just about anything if there is a possibility of winning a trophy at the end. Several of you may remember that I won 2 contests with another true story: "Technology Can Burn You", where I wrote a true story of an employee that worked for me at a prior gig. I discovered that he was going to resign via Facebook. However, that is another story.
Break Up By PowerPoint allowed me to win 3 contests and take home 2 trophies.
Here is how the speech evolved:
1: I dated a guy many years ago that those of you in my inner circle know as "the devil". Most of you are probably not even aware of this, but the devil is a cute, blond haired, blue eyed musician. If you see him, I recommend you throw your drink at him and run.
2: Fast forward a few years. I helped a friend write a break up letter to a guy she needed to stop seeing. My letter was not very effective and he kept coming back! This is where Break Up By PowerPoint was born. It was suggested to me that perhaps I needed to be more clear and possibly utilize slides.
3: Decide this will be my last speech out of the Toastmaster manual "Entertaining Speaking".
4: Choose boy to write about. No brainer. The devil will work just fine. I did not change his name in the speech to protect him. Truth is usually better than fiction anyway. :-)
5: Write speech. Practice. Practice. Practice.
6: Start live performance(s) at Toastmasters.
Folks, sometimes there is no better way to get true closure than making a parody out of a relationship gone awry.
I hope you all enjoy it...remember, it can be tailored for any type of breakup. My next installment of the Break Up by PowerPoint series will be how to break up with an employer. Stay tuned.