This is a piece I prepared for my first Toastmasters speech, presented at the HubSpot Chapter of Toastmasters last week. It was surprisingly tough to talk about myself for a full 7 minutes - both when I was writing the speech as well as delivering it. One of the interesting comments I got from my evaluator is that it was a very intimate, personal speech, which I realize is my way of sharing stories generally, especially on my blog. So here you go, blog readers, my first Toastmasters "Ice Breaker" speech!
Thank you, Mr. Toastmaster and fellow members and guests.
In preparing for this speech, I thought back to some of the defining moments in my life and found a surprising common thread. I don’t consider myself much of a risk taker. I don’t like to gamble. I don’t really play the stock market. I've never been sky diving and have no desire to do so.
But when I look back at those defining moments of my life, they all involve taking a risk. And I wanted to share a few of those stories of these risks that have shaped who I am today.