Toastmasters: Contests help you get better

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Have you heard (or read) opinions about how competing, and even winning, a Toastmasters contest has no real value in “regular” speaking? I have, and I find it very confusing. With the exception of some very specific types of speaking, such as debates, I can’t understand why people have trouble translating great contest speeches into […]

Toastmasters: Lessons from the International Speech Contest

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As I watched the International Speech Contest at the 2010¬†Toastmasters International Convention, I noticed a few things that, in my opinion, truly contributed to the best speaker being recognized as the World Champion. First, without a doubt is have a message. This may be a no-brainer, but in two years of watching the finals and […]

Toastmasters Convention – The International Speech Contest

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Today, Toastmasters International held its Annual Speech Contest here at the convention (We also had a business meeting this morning, but an evil virus ate that post…sorry). Crowned the 2010 World Champion of Public Speaking was David Henderson, with his speech titled The Aviators. Why did David win? I think that beyond the obvious speaking […]