The Ultimate Quesiton – Do You Validate? World Champion Speech by Lance Millerby Carrie Vanston on March 13, 2015
The Ultimate Question by Lance Miller
“…every person goes through life wanting to be right, wanting to be valuable. Find that, bring it out in them.”
I recently had the pleasue of attending a wonderful talk by professional speaker and speaking coach Lance Miller. He believes that great presentations are not about the speaker, but about how the speech improves the way your audience thinks and lives. In addition to speaking about great ways for speakers to connect with audiences, and yes, connecting with us, Lance shared with us the video of the “The Ultimate Question,” the speech he used to win the Toastmasters International 2005 World Champion of Public Speaking. Being that he was competing against thousands of Toastmasters from around the world, not surprisingly it is an AMAZING speech.
Lance’s winning speech focuses on the importance taking the time to validating yourself and others. As related to JDonavon on how Lance found his message ““Early on in my Toastmasters experience, I asked what the International contest was. Somebody told me that it is your five to seven minutes to say something important to the world. So, I asked myself, ‘If I could make one change in the world, what would it be?’ It struck me that if we just validated each other, by looking for what is right rather than for what is wrong, then the world would be a much better place.”
The speech reminds me of the classic “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Thank you very much to District 55 Toastermasters and Event Organizer Jerry Barrett for bringing Lance to Austin.
I hope you will enjoy the video as much as I do.