From Florian Bay, Division B Director
Over 200 Toastmasters and friends from all over London enjoyed an excellent Saturday in the splendour of Freemasons’ Hall while attending London Speaking Forum 2017 and the Division B International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest.
The workshops on offer covered topics such as rhetoric, body language, trust and storytelling. All the workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by those present and attendees also drew inspiration from two pre-contest keynote addresses by Toastmaster Bob Ferguson and by Peter Botting.
The standard in both contests was extremely high. In the morning, the best evaluators from West London regaled the audience with in depth-analysis of a mystery speech about Meritocracy. Our international speech contestants finished the day by inspiring the audience with subjects including fighting fires in the jungle and climbing Alpine peaks.
A thoroughly excellent day enjoyed by everyone present!
1st Place – Daniel Stoddart – Area 6, London Olympians
2nd Place – Andrew Klimaytys – Area 29, Riverside Communicators
3rd Place – Carolina Castillo – Area 8, London Cardinals
International Speech Contest
1st Place – Sonia Aste – Area 29, Riverside Communicators
2nd Place – Danny Callaghan – Area 8, London Cardinals
3rd Place – Shola Kaye – Area 52,Grosvenor Square Speakers
The next rounds of the contests are at the District 91 Mayflower Conference in Southampton 5-7 May 2017.
The weekend includes a range of workshops and keynote speakers including the International President of Toastmasters International Mike Storkey and World Champion of Public Speaking Mark Brown. You can find out more and book for the whole weekend or just part of it here: http://springconference91.org/
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