keep it short


Stand up, Speak up, Shut up, Sit down.



I belong to Toastmasters, Int. and one of the hardest things for me to do is keep it short! All contest speeches are five to seven minutes.  I have to make every word significant to my message. So the advice above is crucial.  Once you get past the nervous “stand up” phase, the rest rolls along so well, being long becomes a problem, so “stand up, speak up, shut up, and sit down. I don’t know who originated this advice, but it is good.


About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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19 Responses to KEEP IT SHORT. SOCS

  1. sounds a lot like the advice given to moms of sons when it comes to those sons’ weddings….”Show up, Shut up and wear beige.”

  2. Faye says:

    Same with sermons…….Short succinct…..powerful! ……..the KISS PRINCIPLE. keep it simple stupid!, I would add Keep it simple inspired by God. Powerful in execution. No more no less than the absolute necessary. the KISS PRINCIPLE. Keep it short, saint. Cheers!

    • oneta hayes says:

      Yes. Make the words count. Use the sermon on the mount for a mdel. How much Jesus said in those three or four pages! I had heard of KISS, but I’d forgotten Thanks for the reminder.

  3. That’s a whole bunch of great advice given in 8 short words :_)

  4. This advice kind of helped me in an absolutely different situation though.

  5. dawnlizjones says:

    LOVE this advice!! Perfect for all kinds of encounters actually!

  6. calensariel says:

    You’re the second person I’ve met on here who is into Toastmasters. The other one is Clare Horan from Australia. She was a huge winner there last year.

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