Step 1: Show up

In 2010, my first experience with attempting to get better at public speaking was a disaster. I was too scared to attend my first Toastmasters meeting, so half-way there I turned my car around and went back home! The next week I followed through and attended, even though opening the door to the meeting gave me a flashback of 8-year-old me fearfully opening the door to my 3rd grade class – and watching every kid turn around and stare at me. I entered the Toastmasters meeting despite the flashback.

During my first meeting I volunteered to participate in Table Topics, which requires answering a surprise question on-the-spot. It was scary, but I had promised myself that I would participate in the scariest aspects of that first meeting. I survived.

I believe that videotaping all of my 5-7 minute prepared Toastmasters speeches helped me quickly come to grips with standing in front of an in-person audience, making mistakes, and documenting the progress. Videotaping also helped me see what body language I was exhibiting that I wasn’t aware of, like unknowingly tugging on my shirt while speaking. The Table Topics section of a Toastmasters meeting also turned out to be an excellent exercise for getting comfortable with feeling uncomfortable when people are staring at me when I lose my train of thought or attempt to sound coherent.

Step 2: Increase the difficulty

Toastmasters speech contests were the next step up to gain public speaking experience and confidence. I lost the first couple of speech contests that I entered. I also videotaped every one of them. The added pressure of videotaping myself makes the overall journey better because the progress – mistakes and all – is documented over time.

Step 3: Say yes to opportunities

Two opportunities came my way that I would have turned down before Toastmasters: 1) speak at the North Franklin Boulevard Business District‘s 25th annual meeting, and 2) lead a 2-hour public speaking & confidence bootcamp for P2O Hot Pilates & Fitness‘s instructor teacher training. Both were paid gigs.

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Top 1% Toastmasters International Speech Contest Winners in 2013

Reid Walley – 2nd Place Winner – Semifinals 2013 Toastmasters International Speech Contest

From being too nervous to attend his first Toastmasters meeting; to forgetting his lines for 30 seconds; to competing on stage in front of 500 people at International, Mr. Walley has gone from fear to confidence by embracing every new mistake!

Out of 30,000 contestants from 122 countries, Mr. Walley finished in the top 18, after winning 2nd place in Semifinals at the 2013 Toastmasters International Speech Contest in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, on Aug 24, 2013.

After joining Capital City Toastmasters in Jan 2010, Mr. Walley blasted through his Competent Communicator manual in 6 months – videotaping every mistake along the way!

A sought-after District 39 presenter, Mr. Walley adds value in the following Toastmasters categories: Hands-on Workshops, Leadership Dinner, Open House, Guest Speaker, District Conference Educational Sessions, Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) Enrichment Sessions.

Workshops

Monthly Public Speaking Demo
20-minute Hands-on Educational Session
Capital City Toastmasters #142
Sacramento, CA
June 2018 – Present

Interactive Speaking & Confidence Bootcamp
2-hour Hands-on Bootcamp
P2O Hot Pilates & Fitness
Sacramento, CA
2015 – 2021 (twice per year)

Be Yourself On Stage
45-minute Hands-on Workshop
Pop-Up Toastmasters Club
Sacramento, CA
Mar 15, 2017

Body Language
45-minute Educational Session
Bits ‘N Speeches Toastmasters Club
Elk Grove, CA
Mar 2, 2017

Delivering A Championship Speech
50-minute Enrichment Session
2015 Sacramento Toastmasters Leadership Institute
Sacramento, CA
Feb 21, 2015

Take The Fear Out Of Competing
50-minute Enrichment Session
2014 Sacramento Toastmasters Leadership Institute
Sacramento, CA
July 19, 2014

Being Yourself On Stage
50-minute Educational Session
2013 Toastmasters District 39 Fall Conference
Sacramento, CA
Nov 2, 2013

Panel Speaker

Speaking to Win: A Panel of Champions
50-minute Panel Discussion
2017 Toastmasters District 39 Fall Conference
Lake Tahoe, CA
Nov 11, 2017

Keynote Speeches

When You Grow, Your Club Grows
45-minute Presentation (Watch video)
2017 Toastmasters District 39 Division C Leadership Dinner
Chico, CA
Feb 18, 2017

Why Toastmasters
30-minute Presentation (Watch video)
2014 Sacramento Toastmasters Leadership Institute
Sacramento, CA
Feb 15, 2014

Guest Speaker

Event: Mother Lode Toastmasters
Title: Public Speaking – Turning Your Fear Into Fuel
Grass Valley, CA
Nov 3, 2014

Event: Toastmasters Division E Award Celebration
Title: Lessons in Competition
Sacramento Resources Building
Sacramento, CA
June 26, 2014

The Toastmasters Public Speaking Journey

International Speech Contests

  • 3rd-place Winner 2019 “District 39”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2019 “Division H”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2019 “Area 82”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2017 “Division H”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2017 “Area 82”, Sacramento, CA
  • 2nd-place Winner 2016 “District 39”, Stockton, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2016 “Division H”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2016 “Area 82”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2015 “Division H”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2015 “Area 82”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2014 “Division E”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2014 “Area 51”, Sacramento, CA
  • 2nd-place Winner 2013 “Semifinals”, Cincinnati, OH
  • 1st-place Winner 2013 “District 39”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2013 “Division E”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2013 “Area 51”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2012 “Area 51”, Sacramento, CA

Table Topics Contests

  • 1st-place Winner 2019 “Division H”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2019 “Area 82”, Sacramento, CA
  • 1st-place Winner 2017 “Area 82”, Sacramento, CA

Toastmasters Competent Communicator Certification

After joining Toastmasters in January 2010, Mr. Walley blazed through all 10 speeches in the Competent Communicator manual within 6 months – completing certification on June 28, 2010. Mr. Walley belongs to Capital City Toastmasters club #142, Area 82, Division H, District 39.

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