Connor Seddon has taken up speech-making again because he
wants to pursue a diplomatic career. Photo by Linda
Connor Seddon says delivering an award-winning speech is
all about timing.
The Logan Park High School 17-year-old recently won the
Otago-Southland Rotary four-way speech competition - his
first serious attempt at giving a speech since he was 12.
Connor said he used to give many speeches throughout his time
at primary and intermediate school, but had not in recent
years because the timing was always off.
He enjoyed putting speeches together and presenting them, but
acknowledged winning speeches required time and 110% effort
to put together.
''Whenever there's been a speech competition on, I've had
other priorities,'' he said.
But those priorities were changing because he now had
ambitions of joining the diplomatic corps.
''I want to study law next year, and then after that,
hopefully work my way into the diplomatic corps.
''I've got back into speech-making because it's a necessary
part of the job. It's a step towards the career.''
Connor won the recent competition with a speech about the
stereotypes that teenagers were frequently tarred with.
''People see teens as rude, violent and lazy.
''It's unfair that these stereotypes are spread broadly
across all teenagers.
''People should view them as individuals, like everyone
Connor said the competition was ''tough''.
He was up against top speakers from Timaru, Invercargill,
Central Otago and Dunedin.
Although there is no national final for the speech
competition, Connor said he was not disappointed he would not
be able to represent the region.
He had enough on his plate already, he said.
He was recently named best speaker at the Otago Model United
Nations Assembly in Dunedin, and has been selected with
fellow Logan Park High School pupil Oscar McNoe to go to
Wellington for the New Zealand Model United Nations Assembly