I was scanning through old documents on my computer and came across my first opening speech for my Speech class. We all had about two minutes to talk about ourselves and connect with each other. Here is what I shared.. of course this is my outline, the speech had to be partly impromptu. But preparation is key!
Now, this is the story all about how
My life got flipped-turned upside down
And I’d like to take a minute
Just sit right there
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Belvidere.
Well, really I would like to begin by sharing a quote by a famous band, Silverstein . “If you don’t try you fail.” Growing up I developed a positive attitude toward life and with that came an endless amount of opportunities. Now I wont blabber on about all the various opportunities I have been given, but will share just one. Being a relatively smart person I was one of fifty students that grasped hold of the opportunity to take college courses as a junior in highschool. For all those wondering, I do not attend highschool at all, strictly only at the college each day. The program is called Running Start which you may have heard of. I jumped on the opportunity, passed the college admittance exam, and attended meetings for the program, and that is where I saw the girl of my dreams. One year later in my senior year of highschool, and my sophomore year of college, i had a best friend who has been so for just over a year, and who is also my girlfriend for 5 months and counting. The point of the story, if you do not grab hold of opportunities that life sends to you, you do fail because in a single opportunity, may lie a hundred more, and one out of that 100 just might be love.
I have to admit that I did not share the cheesy love part of the speech. I went on to talk about the importance of taking every opportunity to be successful. So what do you think?
Stay Positive and Strong With Your First Opening Speech
Garth E. Beyer