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Spirited Speech Masters and guests honor Dr. Farzana Chohan

The Moth Houston StorySLAM: Challenge

Tuesday March 10, 2020 5:00 PM

If you love Table Topics or spectating it, come join your fellow Spirited Speech Masters for this special storytelling event on a Tuesday night!

Join us for dinner beforehand at Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet at 5:00 PM (8236 Kirby Dr.) or just come for the show.

Houston Public Media Presents
THE MOTH HOUSTON STORYSLAM: CHALLENGE
TUESDAY MARCH 10, 2020

DOORS: 6:30 PM
SHOW: 7:30 PM
TICKETS: $15 GA SEATING, FIRST COME FIRST SERVE. (purchase tickets)
The Ballroom at Warehouse Live
813 Saint Emmanuel Street
Houston, Texas 77003

CHALLENGE: Prepare a five-minute story about a feat that tested your mettle, sanity or patience. Triumph or defeat. Inch-by-inch success or major overhaul. Defeating the cocky know-it-all or walking past the spider web without freaking out. Throwdowns, duels, unbearable ultimatums. Bring us your tales of defying the odds, confronting that fear, or with any luck, rising to the occasion.

Tickets for this event go on sale Tuesday, March 3rd. Any questions, contact Sara Gilheart. Hope to see you there and watch you onstage!

RSVP Now!

New Sergeant-at-Arms and Broken Ice

After several months without someone to serve as Sergeant-at-Arms, we are happy to announce that this Executive Leadership role has been filled by one of our newest members, Luke.

Luke receiving a Sergeant-at-Arms pin from President Joann

Also, congratulations to Allison upon delivering her Ice Breaker speech!

Sally and Allison, both with big smiles of relief on their faces! 🙂

I hope you will be able to join us next week when I will be serving as Toastmaster-of-the-Day!

Spark Joy in Your Listeners by Decluttering Your Speech

There are few instances in life where being “overqualified” is a true problem, but overqualifying your writing or speech can actually lessen its impact, causing others to subconsciously or overtly question your credibility. Check out this great post from GrammarCheck.net which reviews 20 Clutter Words & Phrases we use too often:

How Being Uncomfortable Can Improve Your Speeches

Stories of discomfort can be
both relatable and endearing

In the first episode of their Pixar Storytelling Rules series, Bloop Animation discusses one of the more popular arc narratives — a character finding himself outside of his comfort zone — as exemplified by Woody of Toy Story 1 and Ratatouille, the murine protagonist from the film of the same name.

This type of story works well because — while we as people generally enjoy feeling comfortable, we can easily identify with what it feels like to find oneself thrust into a new and unfamiliar situation, often where the skills upon which we have come to rely are either less effective or stretched to their limits. Retelling personal stories of this nature can also provide an opportunity for self deprecation, a technique which exposes vulnerability and can help a speaker endear oneself to their audience. So next time you’re looking to include a narrative in your speech, look for opportunities to share your own less than comfortable experiences.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8CpDHJuyF4