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Master the Art of Table Topics

The contest season of Table Topics has ended, and I was fortunate to witness all levels of competition. Impromptu speaking is challenging, even for advanced Toastmasters. Here’s what I learned. The best table topic responses are structured like a speech. They have an opening, a body, and a close. First, respond by repeating the question...

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What Does “Originality” Mean in a Speech?

During our recent Area Contests, contestants and judges alike have been concerned with interpreting the clause on originality in the new Toastmasters International Contest Rule Book. In order to familiarize District 25 members with this new rule, I offer this interpretation found on the Toastmasters International LinkedIn page. I have requested further information from its...

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A Review of the New Rules for Speech Contests

Toastmasters International recently released the 2013 Speech Contest Rulebook. While many of the changes are merely clarifications or rewording, a few changes warrant your attention. First, contest functionaries may no longer compete in a contest at which they serve as a functionary. Previously, this was primarily directed towards the Contest Chair. However, those serving a...

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Conference Call Recording About Contests Is Available Online Now

If you missed being on the Membership Monday call on Jan 28, you still have the opportunity to learn from the three panelists who participated, Contest Quality Chair Deb Sanford, Chief Judge Diana Pittman and District 25 International Speech Contest winner Isabelle Cox. They presented great information about planning, judging and competing in speech contests....

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Conference Call on Contest How To’s

Who me?  Have you ever wondered if you should participate in planning or helping with a speech contest?  Ever considered being a contestant?     Be a part of the call on January 28th and learn from 3 “experts” on this topic.  Participating on this call will be the District Contest Quality Chair, Deb Sanford,...

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And The Winners Are …

The Fall Contest season is wrapping  up… After weeks of dynamic, engaging and up roaringly funny humorous speeches, District 25 Toastmasters prepare for the final round of the Evaluation and Humorous Speech competition.      65 awesome Areas,and then 6 dynamic Divisions delivered amazingly great test speeches, talented and effective evaluations, and hilariously humorous speeches.We couldn’t...

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