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Kennebecasis Valley Oasis Youth Centre, 26 Pettingill Road, Quispamsis, NB E2E 3R6

7:00 pm - 9:05 pm on
May 2, 16 & 30
June 13 & 27
September 12 & 26
October 10 & 24
November 7 & 21
December 5 & 19

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When the Lights Go Out

Speech #5
by Dana Lloyd

Objectives

Use stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions, and eye contact to express tour message and achieve your speech’s purpose. Make your body language smooth and natural. Focus on methods of delivery, but do not overlook speech content.

Speech

The 2005 holiday season has passed. Family and friends have all gone home. The sounds of laughter, glasses clinking, and the warm feelings of coming togetherness start to fade. The decorations come down reluctantly and a sense of sadness settles in as we turn the lights of the season off for a final time…and then the Visa bill comes in. The sadness and emptiness we feel soon gets filled with the promise of New Year’s Resolutions. The first week of January we have great intentions to commit to our new goals, the second week we are feeling the pressure to start the follow through on our resolutions and by the third week we feel like complete failures because we haven’t begun doing what we wanted to do. January 24th is known as the most depressing day of the year. It’s the day when 90% of people who have not committed to their goals realize it isn’t going to happen again this year.

Mr. Chair, fellow toastmasters and guests, the lights we turn on at the beginning of the holiday season makes us feel good because it represents the start of all the good things we know are coming and look forward to. Although we must physically turn off our holiday lights at the end of the season, we can keep that light that represents all the good things burning inside us all year long by setting goals for ourselves – having good things to look forward to. Rushing to fill up the emptiness after the lights go out with resolutions is just wishful thinking, but not goals. AND It’s not that people intend to fail; it’s just that they don’t know how to succeed. Behind every accomplished goal, there is a blueprint on how it was achieved. If you are one of the 90% of the great intentioned people wanting to stay the course for your new goals this year, there is only one word you need to remember to make your goals happen. S.M.A.R.T. You need to get smart about setting goals.

S.M.A.R.T is an easy acronym to help remember the 5 key elements of successful goal setting.

Specific

Firstly, you need to be specific:

  • To do this you need to write what you want to achieve. This helps to visualize what yr goals, it creates focus and it turns wishful thinking into real goals.
  • Write your goals in the present tense. Use wording such as “I will” instead of “ I would like to and I want to.”

You also need to lay out an action plan that answers the questions of Who? What? When? Where? And Why? You wouldn’t expect an Olympic athlete to show up to the starting line of a marathon without having achieved a training goals plan to get her there, so why would you expect yourself to lose weight, learn a new language or complete a project without outlining exactly how you are going to get there. Read your goal every single day so it will be a constant reminder of what you have set in motion.

Measurable

If you can’t measure it, you can’t realize it. You need to be able to check your progress along the way to see if you are on track to meet your goal. People want too much too soon which ultimately leads to failure. If you have a large goal, break it into smaller more manageable portions. Creating and achieving small goals helps boost confidence and strengthens the motivational force within us on your journey to the end result.

Attainable

Only you know what is attainable for you. What are you capable of based on your skills, abilities, attitudes? Only you can set your goals. No one knows you better than you.

Realistic

You need to set realistic goals. Realistic does not mean easy. You can set a goal for yourself that is high and still be realistic. If you set a challenging goal that is in writing, you will create a force inside of you that wants to achieve. You won’t want to let yourself down. If you set a goal that is too low, you also create a low motivational force. You won’t have much desire to achieve it.

Let’s take for example the Toastmasters program. You come to Toastmasters to complete a self-improvement course that includes completing 10 speeches to learn all the basics of public speaking. That’s a large goal. You don’t start off being a speaker that you will eventually be in 10 speeches. You conquer your goal by delivering one speech at a time adding a new skill each time until you reach your overall goal. Each of the 10 speech projects culminates to create 1 competent speaker.

Time- Oriented

The difference between a dream and a goal is timeline. Once you nail down your specific goal you need to set a time frame to it. Putting a timeframe to goal helps keep you on track because it tells you whether you are ahead or falling behind. Time also creates another motivational force within you. When we are working under a deadline, we feel the pressure to get it done.

Now the pressure is on you to get it done. Go ahead. Set goals for this year that you truly want to achieve. Now you too have the blueprint of how to make it happen. Set S.M.A.R.T goals - specific, measurable, attainable realistic and time-oriented. The light that we so reluctantly extinguish at the end of the holiday season can be re-ignited and continue to burn throughout the year by setting goals - having good things to look forward to for all of 2006.