Rich joined Toastmasters back in January of 2001 and connected up with a great community of fun people all with a desire to learn how to be a better speaker and help others along the way.
In the fall of 2009 I earned my Distinguished Toastmaster recognition at the District Conference in Corpus Christi. I was thrilled and delighted that Casey was able to participate and walk on stage with me to be recognized.
While on the journey to DTM recognition I have given over 60 different speeches. Since then I continued to do speeches in competition and just for fun and practice. Speeches ranged from the serious to the silly, from motivational to educational, from short 7 minute speech to a 45 minute keynote speech at an IBM Test Symposium.
My favorite speeches were:
2011 District 55 Fall Conference Humorous Speech Competition.
2014 Division L Fall Humorous Speech Competition.
Other fun speeches were:
- The Perfect Gift – A Christmas present gone terribly wrong- humorous story
- My First Kiss – Do you remember your first kiss, I did – humorous story
- Perfectly Still – Lessons learned on the golf course with my dad – humorous with a message
- Five Tips – How I applied 5 principals to improve my life – humorous with a message
I have given over 60 speeches in my years with Toastmasters. Each has been a learning experience and helped me improve my presentation skills. Here are some of my other speech titles.
- Engineer Rich – Who is Rich Bassemir
- Why I want to compete in a Miss America Pageant
- Chicken Cannon – The story behind the chicken cannon
- Kid in You – We all have a little kid in us
- The Phone Call – The phone call that changed my life
- Linux – Technical presentation on how to install Linux
- Love Sex Money – How to pick a speech title
- More Time – If I only had more time
- Millionaire – So you want to be a millionaire
- Where would we be without testers – Symposium keynote speech
- Duke – The best practical joke ever
- Battle Road – History lesson from the Revolutionary war
- Pets – Why kids are like pets
- Why – The importance of the word “why”
- The Future – You can not predict the future
- Kids and Money – Ways to teach kids about money
- Winners – Are you a winner or a whiner
- Teen Logic – Teenager logic
- Paul’s Retirement – A retirement roast
- Scramble Eggs – How to make scrambled eggs
- Pooped – A tall tale about being pooped
- Love – A wedding toast
- Making Pens – How to make wood pens
- Lets Go Golfing – Inspiration to get out and golf
- Frank and Eursala Otter – A story with a moral
- Casey At the Bat – The classic story of Mudville
- Top 10 Reasons – 10 ways to improve giving evaluations
- The Peanut – Ways to use the mighty peanut
- Virtualization – IBM’s advanced technology
- No Place Like Home – Lessons learned after traveling
- Slow Down – The need to slow down our pace of life
- MADD – Mothers against drunk driving
- Less Stress – 4 ways to reduce stress when flying
- Thoughts – How thoughts influence your life
- Are you spontaneous?