Project 2

Guidelines: You are not required to write out your speech or even write an outline. These sample speeches are provided as guidelines to help you understand what a finished project might sound like.

Speech Title: There’s Magic in Your Smile.

Toastmaster: Cindi Foreman

Manual: Competent Communication.

Project 2: Organize Your Speech.

1 Select an appropriate outline which allows listeners to easily follow and understand your speech.

2 Make your message clear, with supporting material directly contributing to that message.

3 Use appropriate transitions when moving from one idea to another.

4. Create a strong opening and conclusion.

There’s Magic in Your Smile.

A smile. Magic in your smile?? You ask, “How could using of the small muscles on your face make much difference.” I say, a smile—Your Smile, My Smile, Anyone’s Smile– can change the world. Smiling, what impact can smiling really have on anyone or anything?

When I was looking for a topic to do my speech on, I started reading the August 2014 Toastmaster’s magazine. In the magazine, I found an article by Denise Graveline on Body Language. A section in this article sparked my interest, as you probably guessed it by now, it was the part about a smile. It seems that a smile affects your brain. She stated that “by drawing your facial muscles up into a smile, it can boost your confidence. A smile can help to reduce the level of stress-enhancing hormones like cortisol, adrenaline and dopamine; increase the level of mood-enhancing hormones like endorphins; and reduce overall blood pressure.” Smiling relieves stress, so when you are feeling tired, worn down or overwhelmed, take the time to put on a smile. Your stress level should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

Smiling has a couple additional attributes. According to the article “Top 10 Reasons to Smile, “Smiling makes you seem successful. Smiling people appear more confident, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Putting on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently. Smiling also helps you stay positive. Try this test: I want everyone to think about something really funny. I want to see everyone, yes everyone smiling. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard.

When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” A smile! What a great way to stay away from depression, stress, and worry while appearing more confident.

A smile can also have an impact on other areas of our body. According to a study published in the May 2008 Journal of Pain, people who frown during an unpleasant procedure report feeling more pain than those who do not. Researchers applied heat to the forearms of 29 participants. Participants were asked to either make unhappy, neural or relaxed faces during the procedure. Those who exhibited negative expressions reported being in more pain that the other two groups. Studies have shown that smiling release endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling, a drug-free option has a positive effect on the person who smiles.

A smile not only affects the person who is smiling both physically and emotionally, it also has a positive effect on the person or persons viewing the smile. When you walk into a room with a smile on your face, it creates warm energy. According to’s article ‘Top 10 Reasons to Smile,’ people are drawn to people who smile. Smiling is contagious. When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, changing the moods of others and making things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

Smiling, using the small muscles in your face. Wow! Could it really be true?? Smiling. Can it really reduces stress, increases levels of mood enhancing hormones and reduce blood pressure? Can it make you seems successful, appear more confident? Be promoted? Be more approachable? Stay positive? Lighten up a room? Change the mood of others? Feel less pain? Wow! That’s the magic that is really in your smile! Thank you!