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Charlotte Guest on stage at the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

An Interview with Charlotte Guest

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Charlotte Guest tells us about her passion for public speaking and the inspiration behind her dissertation entitled Lest We Forget that scored her first place in the 2015 Sydney Eisteddfod Prepared Speech (12 years) event. 

Why did you start public speaking?

I started public speaking because I believe it's a fantastic way of informing people about certain issues close to my heart, issues surrounding us that we don't always appreciate.

Tell us a little bit about you speech and it’s significance to you. 

My speech is about how the ANZAC's sacrificed so much for our country. It has special significance to me because I sometimes feel Australians aren't truly appreciative of the magnitude of the sacrifices they made. I believe it should be a clear priority to always remember the sacrifices they made, and the sacrifices the soldiers are still making to this day. I believe they deserve our respect not just on ANZAC day but every day. 

What do you want to do when you grow up?

I want to be involved in parliament or a Barrister

What was the most memorable aspect of performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod?

I enjoy meeting the kind volunteers that are always so interested in the performances and meeting us. I also enjoy getting constructive feedback from the adjudicators. I also like winning money!!

What is your favourite Sydney Eisteddfod event to take part in? 

Prepared speech section 

Who inspires you and why? 

My Mum. She gave up a lot to help me and I will always be very grateful to her support and constant dedication to make me happy. 

What have you learnt about yourself through performing in the Sydney Eisteddfod? 

I learnt not to be overwhelmed by the quality of the competitors and to just be myself. 

What did you do to prepare for your speech? 

In 2013 I attended a dawn service and was completely in awe of the event. That gave me the inspiration I needed to write the speech. I also did a lot of research and interviewed my dads cousin who is a soldier in the Australian Army. 

What would you say to someone that was thinking about entering the Sydney Eisteddfod?  What advice do you have to offer? 

Definitely enter yourself with no hesitations. It's definitely the most professional and friendly event I compete in. From the volunteers to the spectators, everyone is happy for you to just give it a go. I look forward to competing again.