Toastmasters: Winning your Club Contest

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My club held our International Speech and Table Topics contests yesterday (Thursday). After my District win in the Fall Evaluation Contest, I decided to pursue the International Speech trophy this spring, but not table topics. My speech was titled, Things aren’t always as they seem. It was a story about my experience joining the US […]

Winning the District Evaluation Contest – Toastmasters D22 Conference

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What does it take to win a District Evaluation Contest? Before I answer, let’s back up a bit. This year was rare for me. For the first time in over six years I found myself eligible to compete in our District’s fall contest season, including the humorous speech contest and the speech evaluation contest. I […]

Toastmasters: Don’t overdo it

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As the Toastmasters contest season is progressing, I’ve seen some speakers do a few things that may have cost them the win in their club contests. Of course, one or two corrections won’t make you world champ, but if your making some of these mistakes, you won’t even be club champ: 1. Don’t add words. […]

Toastmasters: Prepping for your contest

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This is a follow-up to my previous post, Why you won’t win your contest, which is getting more attention as the Toastmasters contest season begins. Recent experiences have taught me a few things that may help you see more success as a contestant: 1. Get feedback at every level. Ask someone, in advance, to give you an evaluation. […]

Toastmasters: Why you won’t win your contest

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Have you been practicing? Working on your contest speech? Did you manage to win your club, area or division contest? You probably did it one of two ways. Either you are beyond awesome, which means you aren’t even bothering to read this anyway, or you did it despite a few minor imperfections. If you were […]

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 […]