Making Progress in Public Speaking

This past weekend has been pretty exciting for me in the public speaking arena.  Last Thursday, I won second place in the Area 61 Toastmasters International Speech Contest in the Humorous Speech category, which means that if the first place winner can’t compete in the Division Competition on October 20th, I will step in.  I also placed 3rd in the Table Topics category.

Posing with Area 61 Director Richard Rankin

I’m grateful for the experience and happy with my performance. I was also proud to represent my club, the Helen Burkett Toastmasters Club in Falls Church, VA.  This was a great learning experience, which has only fueled my drive to become a World Champion Public Speaker. Toastmasters Speech contest season resumes in the spring of 2017, and I’ll be back at it even better.

Me and Helen Burkett

This past Saturday, I attended my first monthly meeting of the Washington, DC Chapter of the National Speakers Association’s Chapter Academy. The morning speaker was former NBA player and world-renowned motivational speaker Walter Bond. What an honor and pleasure it was to meet this man and listen to his words of wisdom and encouragement.


One of the things that Mr. Bond told us was the speaking industry is a $6 BILLION a year industry, and that, with the right training and message, anyone can become a million-dollar public speaker.
I’m on my way.


Published by: Black Crow

I'm a certified yoga instructor, avid reader, public speaker-in-training, devoted family man, lover of blues music, the harmonica - oh, and I have a foot fetish. I blog about all things, yoga, nutrition, healthy living, meditation, personal development, and harnessing the God-given power of our subconscious mind to change our lives. To sign up for yoga classes or to get more information about my yoga classes, email me at

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