Saturday, September 6, 2008

Interdistrict A & B Speech Contests

“Am I allowed to say I really wanted this? This is fantastic”. Steven Spielberg, Best Director, Saving Private Ryan

Just five days before the Toastmasters “International Speech Contest” - there are two Toastmasters “Interdistrict Speech Contests - A & B” given simultaneously - same day/same time - this year it was on Tuesday August 12, 2008.

I volunteered to be an usher for the Speech Contest "A" because I really wanted to see a fellow Champion’s Edge Member, Bob Mole, (who is originally from the USA) representing District 59 - France. Bob is fairly new Toastmaster and he only completed six speeches from the Competent Communicator Manual when he made it to Interdistricts! He delivered his speech a few times at the “Get Paid Champ Camp” and got some coaching from the Champs. I really felt that Bob did an excellent job and with more experience, more coaching and more competitions; he certainly can make it back to Interdistricts! [see photo - above Bob with Fellow Edge Members: Kathryn Mackenzie, Imelda Rocha, ME, Erin Lau]

But there can only be ONE WINNER of the “Contest A”!! First Place WINNER was Jock Elliot, from District 69 – Brisbane Australia! “GOOD’ON YA’MATE”!!

Other contestants from the Interdistrict “Contest A” were: Juan Escobedo, from District 34 – Mexico, Mark D’Silva - District 70, Christof Appel -District 74 – South Africa, Michael del Roasario - District 75 - Philippines, Kiminari Azuma - District 76 - Japan.

AND only one WINNER from “Contest B” - Loghandran Krishnasamy from District 51 - Malaysia and he won WCPS SECOND place at the International Speech Contest on Saturday August 16, 2008! WAY TO GO Loghandran!!

Other Contestants from Interdistrict Contest B were: (Interdistrict B - Second place) Sammy Su -District 67 – Twain, (Interdistrict B - Third Place) Koka Prasad -
District 79 - Middle East, Sultan Nazir, District 71 – Sanjiv Jetly - District 72, Chris Smith, District 73, Koka Prasad – District 79 – Middle East, Arthur Ting - District 80

What an incredible journey for ALL the Contestants from both the “Interdistrict A and B Speech Contests”! They deserve so much credit for taking the steps and all the feedback from other club members, coaches and friends to make it to the Toastmasters Convention. THEY ARE ALL WINNERS!!

Are you willing to take constructive feedback from others to make a better speech? It isn’t always easy but you will see amazing results and deliver better speeches. I urge you to compete!

Rules of Speech Contest

Definitions of contest on the Web:

• an occasion on which a winner is selected from among two or more contestants
• to make the subject of dispute, contention, or litigation; "They contested the outcome of the race"
• a struggle between rivals

Definitions of speech on the Web:

• address: the act of delivering a formal spoken communication to an audience; "he listened to an address on minor Roman poets"
• (language) communication by word of mouth; "his speech was garbled"; "he uttered harsh language"; "he recorded the spoken language of the streets"
• something spoken; "he could hear them uttering merry speeches"
• the exchange of spoken words; "they were perfectly comfortable together without speech"
• manner of speaking: your characteristic style or manner of expressing yourself orally; "his manner of speaking was quite abrupt"; "her speech was barren of southernisms"; "I detected a slight accent in his speech"
• lecture: a lengthy rebuke; "a good lecture was my father's idea of discipline"; "the teacher gave him a talking to"
• actor's line: words making up the dialogue of a play; "the actor forgot his speech"
• language: the mental faculty or power of vocal communication; "language sets homo sapiens apart from all other animals"

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