Evaluation Speech 2020/21 Contest Winner
Call me lazy, but the joy in evaluations is no prep. Rehearsals and trials is all the preserve of the mystery speaker.
I was pleased with winning the club contest. And was satisfied to be the Area winner. I was so enjoying myself, after all, it is a work-free zone!
Then came Division. I was excitedly looking forward to hearing what the other Area winners would say. Except, I was near the end. So, that little pleasure was null and void. Save the last speaker. But, I was delighted to win Division! Particularly representing Zig Zag Toastmasters, a fine club on the map.
I entered District contest with no expectations. And it was a tad frustrating being last! The speech fades with time moving on and my mind wanders all over the place. So, for a variety of reasons I was both shocked and elated at being District Champion! It just goes to show that life can be full of surprises.
The power of listening
The success of active listening in Toastmasters clubs is based on a process of evaluations. We give feedback to each other on our speeches. We evaluate the roles we take in meetings. Every year we hold a speech evaluation contest, which allows members to demonstrate their skills and to keep learning and improving. Contestants observe a 5-7 minute test speech and then present a 2-3 minute evaluation of the test speech. There are four levels to the contest, Club, Area, Division, and District, winners will progress through each level which ends at District level, where all the Division finalists will complete in the District Conference.
Our Evaluation Contest winners come from across the District and are listed below.
|2020-2021||Roz Etwaria||Zig-Zag Toastmasters||A|
|2019-2020||Chris Murphy||Tunbridge Wells Speakers||H|
|2018-2019||James Cross||Kings Cross Speakers||C|
|2017-2018||Chinkata Okpara||Excalibur Speakers||L|
|2016-2017||Tazud Miah||Early Bird Speakers||C|
|2015-2016||Ga Lok Chung||City of London, Kings Cross||K|
|2014-2015||Alex de Jong||Northavon Speakers||A|
|2014||Simon Bucknall||London Cardinals|
|2013||John Webber||Solent Speakers|
|2012||Lynn Cantor||Excalibur Speakers|
|2011||Chris Boden||Maidenhead Speakers|
|2010||Jane Cameron||Southside Speakers|
|2009||Simon Bucknall||Excalibur Speakers|
|2008||Hilary Briggs||Grosvenor Square Speakers|
|2007||Kate Atkin||Anglia Communicators|
|2006||John Evans||Thamesdown Speakers|
|2005||Bob Ferguson||Excalibur Speakers|
|2004||Chris Cox||Cambridge Speakers|
|2003||Janet Rose||Maidenhead Speakers|
|2001||Ian Rees||Maidenhead Speakers|