Hello CVTM Gang!
So here’s the deal with contests...
1. They have been a consistent part in Toastmasters for many years (like > 25).
2. Toastmasters International has been advocating that newbie Toastmasters
participate as it accelerates the learning process.
3. The benefit of competing is less about you winning, but rather the influence
of knowing another person is gunning for you. Because of that, you should
really try to take your knowledge and skills, exercise them, and come up with
the best presentation you can.
4. The person who wins the club contest advances to the Area Contest where you
will compete against the winners of other clubs in our area. The winners of
the Area contest advances to the Division contest, where things become very
interesting. Winners of the Division contests advances to the District
contest. It goes all the way to the international stage.
Why does this matter? (Other than as you advance it becomes rather
intimidating?) Because, at each step you are honing your skills using specific
advice and tools where you then improve — like being in a slingshot. It is a
tremendous learning exercise.
International Speech Contest: this is a 5-7 minute speech about anything you
choose. What is that lesson that your Grandfather taught you that changed your
life? What is the motto you live your life by? Is there a life changing event
that you’ve endured that you’d want to share? Everyone has a story, tell it!
You won’t regret stepping up in this game, especially because everyone is
competing on a level playing field.
The Table Topics contest is really fun. A single question is formulated and
everyone has the same experience. Everyone is sequestered and by random draw
the contestants are brought into the room. Wait till you see this go down.
Once again, your skills and reactions are tested and honed.
Therefore, I strongly advocate throwing your hat in the ring for the two
If you have questions or concerns, ask the membership or contact one of us.
We’re all here to play!
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On Mar 4, 2018, at 5:58 PM, Amanda <amac0190@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Just a friendly reminder to give this a think and ask questions at Tuesday's
Talk to you all soon!
On Feb 28, 2018 5:21 PM, "Amanda" <amac0190@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Good Afternoon Everyone!
As you have heard over the last couple of weeks, we will be holding a
contest during our regular meeting on Tuesday, March 13. I will be your
Contest Chair! I will need a few things from all of you over the next week
or so to prepare for our event.
In order to compete in the International Speech Contest, you will need to
have completed 6 speeches by the time you reach the area level. For example,
if you have completed 5 speeches by the time of the club competition, and
you win, we can work with you to make sure that you complete your 6th speech
in time for the area competition. The time requirement of the speech is 5-7
minutes – similar to most other manual speeches we have delivered.
If you would like to compete in the Table Topics portion of our competition,
all you need to do is let me know! You do not need to meet any
I encourage you to read through the roles of the contestants in the rulebook
(attached). Not all of these rules will apply at the club level, but I
suggest reading through to get a good idea of what the role entails before
volunteering. You will also see mention of other roles necessary for a
successful speech competition. Please review them, and I will send another
email about these roles at a later date.
I would like to hear from everyone via email by the end of Tuesday’s meeting
(for which I will not be present) if you would like to compete in either of
the sessions. If you have not done so at that point, use that opportunity to
ask our experienced Toastmasters any questions about the expectations of the
participants or the contest itself.
Thank you and I look forward to hosting a successful speech and table topics