Gene Gene The Dancing Machine

What can I say about Gene Gene the Dancing Machine except “you rocked the Gong Show buddy.” Thanks to YouTube, I can watch these tidbits of history on a whim. Click play and shake your booty, it’s good for you and good for humanity.

As a kid, one of my dreams in life was to be on the Gong Show. How about you? Were you on the Gong Show? If so, what did you do?

Isadora Duncan the Language of Movement

I’m creating a collage for my next Toastmaster’s speech. It’s going to be about how music and dance have been instrumental in my life. I went on the web to look for a picture of Isadora Duncan and found this video. I just wanted to share. I love to dance, it is so freeing and exhiliarating to move to music.

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I Used Punk Rock and Hip Hop Lyrics in My Toastmasters Speech

Words and environment impact your life. In this speech from the Toastmasters manual, The Entertaining Speaker, I outline a musical anthology of my life from childhood to adolescence and into adulthood. Influences include weekly immersion in Soul Train, Songs in the Key of Life by Stevie Wonder, Rapper’s Delight by Sugar Hill Gang and People’s Instinctive Travels and Paths of Rhythm by A Tribe Called Quest.

In the 80’s there was fun to be found in the punk rock scene. Songs mentioned and sung in this speech: California Uber Alles and Police Truck by The Dead Kennedys and New Dreams by Naked Raygun. I finished up with my theme song: Galvanize by The Chemical Brothers with Q-Tip on vocals.

Left My Wallet in El Segundo – Agape Toastmasters Remix

Listening to hip hop as a young girl gave me an education in the power of words and imagery. In this speech from the Toastmasters Storytelling manual, I take the liberty to consider the popular hip hop song, “Left My Wallet in El Segundo” as a folk tale and I retell it in my own words.

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Inch by Inch – A Motivational Speech by Al Pacino

This motivational speech was delivered by Al Pacino to a fictional football team in a Hollywood movie, Any Given Sunday, directed by Oliver Stone. If you listen carefully, it’s a speech about living life to it’s fullest, giving your best and working as a team with those around you. With a little creativity, this can be the inspiration for speech topics at Toastmasters or someplace where a rousing motivational speech is required.

Here are some highlights from the speech:

We are in hell right now,
….we can fight our way
back into the light.
We can climb out of hell.
One inch, at a time.

….You know when you get old in life
things get taken from you.
That’s, that’s part of life.
But, you only learn that when you start losing stuff.

You find out that life is just a game of inches.
So is football.
Because in either game
life or football
the margin for error is so small.
I mean
one half step too late or too early
you don’t quite make it.
One half second too slow or too fast
and you don’t quite catch it.

The inches we need are everywhere around us.

Speech Topics - Al Pacino - Any Given Sunday

They are in every break of the game
every minute, every second.

…when we add up all those inches
that’s going to make the fucking difference
between WINNING and LOSING
between LIVING and DYING.

I’ll tell you this
in any fight
it is the guy (ed. note: or gal) who is willing to die
who is going to win that inch.
And I know
if I am going to have any life anymore
it is because, I am still willing to fight, and die for that inch

because that is what LIVING is.
The six inches in front of your face.

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