The Great Eight
Skills You Need to Excel at Public Speaking
By Tim Kurth
The Great Eight: Skills You Need to Excel at Public Speaking
Copyright © 2013 by Tim Kurth
Editor: Elizabeth Kurth
Published by YBO Publishing at Smashwords
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In 1970 my seventh grade teacher, Denny Vierk, suggested to my mother that she enter me in the local speech competition hosted by the Optimist International Club in our small Wisconsin town. My guess is he was looking for a more productive outlet for my verbosity than driving my classmates crazy! Whatever the reason, Mr. Vierk’s suggestion put me in front of my first audience as a competitive public speaker. I won a third place trophy that year at age 12 and went on over the next several years to win local and regional contests in the category of ‘Original Oratory’.
In high school the Forensics Team was my outlet and there I expanded my experiences into competition in the extemporaneous and impromptu categories. By the time I went away to college my love affair with speaking in public was in full bloom. Now, more than forty years later, it is still exciting to step in front of an audience with the anticipation of sharing something meaningful. Along the way I’ve honed my skills in several forms of public speaking from small group facilitation to classroom teaching, preaching, emceeing, interactive workshops, stage acting, voice over work, and even on air radio announcing.