This is email #2. The “Ice-Breaker” – Connecting with People
The “How I got here” Ice-breaker:
How I got here: Describe 3 decision moments that led you to be “here”, where “here” might be the place you live, the job you have, or why you are practicing speaking at this moment.
Take a few moments and reflect on the 3 critical decisions. Pick 3 and get started. Don’t think too much. The aim here is to get a first version done. Then you can press delete. And maybe try again…
Start your webcam. Briefly explain the 3 critical decisions into your camera. Then you can press delete. And maybe try again…
Remember that this speech is merely a way for you to introduce yourself. Pick three important things you’d like your audience to learn about you and make those your speech. If you speak on something that you’re passionate about, you won’t run out of words. So, talk about an exciting adventure from your past, your hopes, your dreams and maybe your favorite hobby. What defines you? Talk about it.
How to improve this speech? Here is a pdf with an exercise called the Lifeline Exercise
This will help you reflect over the key events of your life and how they have shaped the person that you are today. It will provide wonderful reflection that can help you improve your “how I got here” ice breaker speech, and also understand more about yourself.
- Ice-Breaker Examples: 3 videos of People delivering Ice-Breaker speeches: http://www.conorneill.com/2011/10/three-examples-of-ice-breaker-speeches.html
- Develop Your Speaking Skills Video lessons: http://www.youtube.com/user/rhetoricaljourney
- The Toastmasters International Guide to preparing the Ice-Breaker speech: http://www.toastmasters.org/EN1167F.aspx