Contests

Toastmasters International Convention, why did I attend? By Arnaud Sartre

After attending the World Championship of Public Speaking (WCPS) Finals in Las Vegas, in 2015, I discovered something new, something I did not quite understand at the time, but something that left me wanting more. To paraphrase Dananjaya Hettiarachchi (WCPS, 2014), I saw something, but I did not know what it was … So I decided to attend the Convention in Washington, DC in 2016. I wanted to experience the event from start to finish whilst visiting a city I had never been to before – this is always a bonus!

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Contest Preparation Workshops

Contest Season Fast Approaching

For many, entering contests is a must, commenting it’s ‘fun‘, ‘challenging‘, ‘takes you further‘ and ‘what comfort zone?‘. For the many other members, they run a mile. However, there’s more to contests than being a contestant.

If your club is hosting the contest, at club, area or division level, they’ll be looking to you to assist, calling out for volunteers and there are plenty of roles to fill. Of course, let’s not forget there’s a need for the all important judges too.

The District Chief Judge, Andy O’Sullivan is holding two events: –

7 FebruaryOrganising a Contest

28 FebruaryJudging workshop

These workshops are open to all members. Find out more about running fantastic contests which showcase both speech and leadership skills. 

It Takes a Village

“And first place and the District 91 Humorous Speech Champion for 2015…Selina Jones”. I gasped and jumped out of my seat as the room applauded. I couldn’t believe I had won!

But actually, I hadn’t won at all. Or rather, I certainly hadn’t won on my own – this was a real team effort, as I think all Toastmaster’s contests are. Read More

I owe this to Toastmasters

A little bit over one year ago, I arrived in the UK. After a life time of being conditioned what I should and should not be doing, I came to the UK to pursue a new job and to build a new life.

Moving from Vodafone Egypt to Vodafone Group in the UK I was appointed to be a service manager, a role where I will have a team to lead, presentations to make, and studies to prepare, I needed to take my personality and my confidence to a whole new level.

I joined Toastmasters back in March 2016, and I was hooked, I originally joined Newbury Speakers club, and soon after I decided to join Ascot Speakers as well. Read More

Awaken the Giant Within

Okay, okay, I need to attribute this title to the great Antony Robbins, but on Tuesday 11 October 2016 my ‘Giant’ sprang into action.

Just over six months ago the thought of public speaking (like with so many others) would have driven a stake through my heart and until the speech had been delivered, every living moment would have increased the intensity of waves of nausea. I know I am not alone here and that most Toastmasters start off their journey in same state of dismay. Read More