submitted on behalf of Barb McIntyre
We have all come to Toastmasters, or perhaps are looking to join Toastmasters, for various reasons. Those reasons usually fall into two general categories, either we lack confidence in speaking to groups and want to overcome the fear, or we are energized by speaking to groups and want more opportunity to do so.
Regardless of which category you may find yourself in, the Annual Evaluation Contest, and International Speech Contest are a perfect opportunity for YOU! It is always exciting to see the growth in new members. If you are ready to challenge yourself to ‘take it to the next level’ enter one or both of the upcoming contests offered by Toastmasters. Speaking in a new setting with a little added competition will offer you experience not found at the club level. Here is what Yvonne, winner of our Humorous Speech Contest had to say about her experience:
“ I entered the humorous speaking contest because the club asked for another speaker. I had no intention of making it past the club contest, but am thrilled that I did. The two levels I competed in after the club were so much fun. Look at it as a fun experience and go out to enjoy yourself, and you will.”
Canyon Park Echoes will host their Evaluation Contest and International Speech Contest on February 13th and February 20th. The lucky winners will then move on to compete at the Area 54 contest held at The Seattle Times Building on March 20th at 5:30.
We all know volunteers are the backbone of Toastmasters and the contests are no exception. If you aren’t ready to jump in as a contestant, sign up to be a Ballot Counter, a Judge, or maybe a Greeter. However you choose to participate please mark it on your calendar and support your club, your Area, and your fellow Toastmasters!