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Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Gaining Fitness (Speech)

Recent speech I delivered for Toastmasters:

New Year is around the corner, there is a tradition that is common across the world. Do you know what is that tradition? It is to make New Year’s resolution. Babylonians make promises to their gods to return borrowed objects and pay their debts. Romans make promises to the god Janus for whom January is named after.

At the end of the Great Depression about a quarter of American adults form New Year’s resolutions. At the start of 21st century 40% did (according to statistic brain). Did you know that in a 2017 survey 45% of their respondents would like to lose weight. You can look it up in The Statistics Portal.

Why would anyone want to lose something? Isn’t it better to gain something? When it comes to Law of Attraction, we need to say things using positive phrases. That is why this speech title is on Gaining Fitness and not Losing Weight.

Losing Weight is easy, if you are very sick, you will automatically lose weight. However, is weight loss the real goal? Why do we want to lose weight?

Before considering weight loss, first consider components of our weight. Hydration, fat, muscles and bones. Bones are the only component that cannot change, everything else are variables. We can lose weight by dehydrating ourselves. I ran 2 hours and loss 1 kg in weight from my sweat.

A much better way is to burn fat by gaining muscles. I recommend reading the book “Burn the Fat Feed the Muscles” by Tom Venuto.

One approach I tried several years back was counting calories (also know is CICO). The approach works, but there are rules. To lose 1 kg of weight we need to have a deficit of 7000 calories. Formula is simple enough but our body is alive; so we adapt. Reduce your calories too much then it will protect itself and turn on starvation mode. Weight loss using this method requires a lot of will power but is not sustainable. It requires substituting yogurt for ice cream, whole meal bread of white bread.

We had a program a few years ago where participants had to lose weight and the winner is the one who loses the most percentage of weight during the program. One of the participants misread the label and thought 0 cholesterol means 0 calories and ate a lot and ended up gaining instead of losing weight.

I am starting an experiment, instead of reducing my weight, I would like to lose my body fat. It is currently at 30% and the plan is to get it down to 15% in two years. Would you like to join me in that journey?

Note from the evaluation:
  1. The speech lacks proper transition.
  2. Speeches work better if there are three main points.

Friday, December 21, 2018

Speech Organization

Started to participate in Toastmasters again. One of the notes for me to keep in mind are the various ways to organize speeches. This is what was provided in one of the Pathway speech guides:


Chronologically organized speeches follows a sequence of events.


A topical structure organizes speeches by topics and subtopics. Break your speech into sections that explain major concepts related to your topic, followed by smaller and smaller subtopics.

A spatial structure organizes a speech by geography or the physical structure of the topic. Construct a speech that discusses the impact of your topic upon a region or the world. Spatial also refers to content that covers the physical landscape of a specific location. For example, if you are giving a speech about Germany, you may organize your presentation in a way that implies movement across the country. Your content could begin in the south at the Alps and then travel northward towards the Baltic Sea.

A causal structure organizes speeches to link a cause to an effect, or an effect to its cause.

A comparative structure organizes speeches by describing two or more objects and their shared and/or different attributes. Show how your topic compares to another by examining similarities and differences.

Speeches organized by problem and solution are arranged in a particular sequence. First state the issue and explain its significance. Then propose a feasible and advantageous solution.


A particular/general/particular structure organizes speeches by a specific example that frames broader content and illustrates the main or personal objective of the speech. The example given at the beginning of your speech is echoed in the conclusion to help clarify or elucidate your primary message.