Woking Speakers Club: my Ice Breaker speech – Christopher John Payne

Woking Speakers Club: my Ice Breaker speech

I joined Woking Speakers Club, which is affiliated with Toastmasters International, in May 2014.

A few days later I turned up to give my first prepared speech, called the Ice Breaker.

Well, it was meant to be prepared, but I’d had a busy few days beforehand, and a long business call just before I needed to leave to attend the Club, so I had 5 minutes to prepare my speech. Oops. 🙂

Anyway, here’s my (almost) off-the-cuff speech…


Towards the end of the evening everyone in the audience was asked to vote for the best prepared speech, and I won! Here’s a photo of me with Club President Doug New…

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I was handed lots of feedback forms, and I got comments like this… “Very touching and inspiring.”, “Wow! You have heaps of energy!”, “What an amazing ice breaker. I loved your enthusiasm, pace, clean delivery, and above all the authenticity in what you said.”, “Absolutely brilliant” and “Very uplifting.”

I also got feedback from 2 people to s.l..o…w … d.o..w…n, which I really appreciate! 🙂

I’ll work on that over the coming weeks and months at this wonderful, friendly and supportive club.

I mentioned in the video that I co-organised a TEDx conference in Abu Dhabi. You can see that video here. I did another TEDx talk in London, and the video for that is here.


Chris Payne helps clients design winning products, designs sales funnels, rewrites all sales copy, provides webinar critiques, designs high-end mastermind programs, and more.