Many thanks to _deru
, and ithronluin
for coming for my club competition to support me and take pictures of us! X3
2nd place for Table Topics, 1st for the International Speech Contest
Joy aside, permit me to be honestly arrogant.
If this was an Area/Division level contest, I wouldn't have placed at all.
- I ran out of time waffling on one point, omitted one point, and everyone sensed the nervousness in my voice.
- The better speaker forgot a point and faltered.
- The second better speaker couldn't continue her speech at ALL after the first paragraph. Nobody knows what happened, not even her.
- The potential speaker gave a factual speech about cockroaches. ROACHES. D:
- The last speaker gave a factual speech about snoring.
So I only won because I was the one-eyed jack in the land of the blind.
Seeing competitions for almost 2 years has taught me that the best speeches are the inspirational ones. The ones that have the chicken soup sentimentality and heartwarming life lessons that we can all take home in our hearts to remind ourselves that we are capable of change and improvement and all the happy shiny things. If you organise your points and cap it off with some theatrics (but be sincere!), your chances of winning go up by 80%. This is honestly ridiculous when it comes to the Humourous Speech Contest (WHY would you want a MESSAGE in a HUMOUR speech?!), but a good strategy for the International Speech Contest. This isn't sincere hotblooded victory; this is a coldly calculated hypothesis I have decided to test out and with a lot of luck (I ran out of time and omitted a point but kept the theatrics), it worked.
But as hollow as the victory is, I'm going for the Area C3 competition next month and if I win (pray!) I'll qualify for Division (where the REAL competition is!). My goal is to polish the speech I have now, use it, and see if my hypothesis is correct - that all you need to win is to summarize a Mitch Albom book in 7 minutes. I'm not sure if I want to win and be even more cynical, but if people remember my speech (I'm now known in some circles as HEY IT'S THE SKIRT GIRL), maybe it won't be as bad as I think it'll be.
But let's take one step at a time for now. I WON WH00 YEAH \m/.