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A Contestant’s Impression of the World Championship of Public Speaking

In beautiful Vancouver, Canada, it was the morning of August 24th, 2017–the day I would give the biggest speech presentation of my life. I had prepared for months and the day had finally arrived. I felt overwhelmed and incredibly excited! Advancing to the Semifinals my first year of competing in the International contest was surreal...

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District Speech Contest Winners

International Speech Contest Winners First place, Hannah Seals, SPEAK UNITED Toastmasters Second place, Ram Ganapathy, Heart of Texas Bridge Gappers Third place, Thomas Torlincasi, Plus-Two Toastmasters Also competing: Edward Babino, Nationstar Speaks Barbara Bellis, Highway to Excellence Karen Chilton Coleman, ICE Breakers Sonya Rundles, Shining Stars Table Topics Speech Contest Winners First place, Steve Foss,...

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D25 Spring Conference Contests

It is the afternoon after the district conference and I find myself, as on many other occasions, covering the District speech contests. In these contests we have people who spent a lot of time and energy preparing and winning at club, area, and division level competing for a trip to the International Convention and a...

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Is it a “TWO-PEAT!” or just simply a “REPEAT!?”

Jessica Pallet, DTM I decided to compete in the Toastmasters Evaluation Contest again in 2016 after winning the District Contest in 2015.  As the defending champion, I never took another win for granted or viewed it as a guarantee.  The Toastmasters program is exponentially growing the skills of my peers around me, so I could...

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I Pity Those Poor Judges

I am so grateful to have been the Contest Coordinator for this Fall’s District Contest but, oof!  I would NOT have wanted to be a judge for these contests.  It must have been grueling to rank the seven superb contestants in each contest and only be able to select three! (Note, this was the first...

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Experiencing Excellence at WBC Toastmasters

It is in my heart this morning to share an amazing experience I had over the weekend. Saturday morning, I had occasion to (in a small way) support the club contest at WBC – Toastmasters. What I experienced is a clinic in how to ensure an unforgettable, indelible impression on a guest. When I arrived Saturday morning, I...

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Contests Are The Perfect Opportunity

It’s October. Fall is in the air.  Contests are happening everywhere.  Contests are wonderful opportunities to introduce your friends, neighbors, and co-workers to Toastmasters.  People may not want to visit a “club”, but a speech contest?  Free food?  No one is going to ask me to speak?  Sure!  Why not? We are adding new clubs,...

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District Contest Winners Spring 2016

Our First Place Winner and the person who will represent our District at International is… YOU! You probably weren’t the one reviewing your speech over and over in your head during the minute of silence waiting for your name to be called.  And statistically you weren’t the one holding the trophy on the District contest...

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And the Winners Are . . .

In case you missed the Fall 2015 District Contest finals, here is a wrap-up and results. On Friday November 20, we held the Speech Evaluation Contest. Elizabeth Fontenot of T.E.A.M Toasters in Fort Worth was the test speaker for this year’s contest, delivering a speech titled “Bossy.” Then it was the contestants’ turn to shine!...