Sunday, June 29, 2008

D31 WINS Region Vii Speech Contest - AGAIN!!

“You can speak well if your tongue can
deliver the message of your heart”
John Ford
Last night was the Toastmasters Region Vii Internationals Speech Contest. AMAZINGLY Katherine Morrison from District 31 (my district came in First place!!
In Second place was Nana Danso from District 53 and in Third Place was David Flowers from District 18

My New York friend Dennis Fokas was able to video the speech contest with his assistant. In addition – Toastmasters International was also there creating a documentary film on how a CHAMPION is made. Toastmasters has been actively traveling around and following speech contestants from around the world as he/she competes at the club, area, division, district and now region level.
This August in Calgary, Alberta, Canada Toastmasters will also film the Districts Not Assigned to Regions (DNAR) or the Inter-Districts Contest on Tuesday August 12, 2008 and then the final International Speech Contest on Saturday August 16, 2008. It is great to see Toastmasters taking an interest in this important part of how the CHAMPIONS become CHAMPIONS. OHH! Can’t wait to see the documentary and I especially can;t wait to see who WINS the 2008 World Champion of Pubic Speaking Contest! And wouldn;t it be ESPECIALLY nice to see a woman win as well!! GOOD LUCK KATHERINE!!

But for now, have a look-see at this video “Fear Of Public Speaking” from Toastmasters International. Among other World Champions of Public Speaking (WCPS), - you can see TWO from District 31 !! 2001 WCPS Darren LaCroix, and 2007 WCPS, Vikas Jhingran.

Do YOU have a fear of public speaking? Want to CONQUER your fear? Join Toastmasters!! And make sure to try BOTH the competitive Public Speaking and the Leadership Tracks.


Public speaking is the process of speaking to a group of people in a structured, deliberate manner intended to inform, influence, or entertain the listeners. The art and science of public speaking, especially in a North American competitive environment, is also known as forensics. The word 'forensic' is an adjective meaning "of public debate or argument." The word is derived from the Latin forensis, meaning "of the forum." The sense of the word "forensic" that means "pertaining to legal trials" dates from the 1600s (Oxford English Dictionary) and led to the use of the word "forensics" in reference to legal evidence

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