Feb. 14 Grub N Gab Toastmasters Recap

This week, “Funny Valentine” was our theme led by Caroline.  She did a fantastic job reminding us that regardless of what gift expectations we may have for Valentine’s Day, it’s the kindness behind an act that matters.  Nancy shared an informative speech on the eligibility and rules of “How to hold a Toastmasters Club Speech Contest.”  Heather delivered an award-winning speech through her story, “This time I’m going to be on time.”  She offered helpful tips from a book “Never Be Late Again” by Diana Delonzor.  AnnaLisa led a fun table topic session, where Caroline shared her awful date experience and won the blue ribbon.

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Toastmasters Speech Contest is coming up.  Let’s get ready and practice our skills next Tuesday, Feb. 21.  Consider participating in the International Speech Contest or Table Topics.  The winners will represent Grub N Gab at the area contest on March 11.  It’s a great opportunity to enhance your speaking skills and meet likeminded people.  Let us know if you are interested in speaking in one or both of the contests!

Below are key details.

International Speech Contest

  • To be eligible to compete in the International Speech Contest, a member must have completed at least six speech projects in the Competent Communication manual prior to the club contest.
  • Speeches shall be from five to seven minutes.
    • A contestant will be disqualified if the speech is less than four minutes 30 seconds or more than seven minutes 30 seconds.
  • Contestants must prepare their own speeches, and each must be substantially original. (Inspirational speeches usually are well received).
    • Twenty-five percent or less of the speech may be devoted to quoting, paraphrasing, or referencing another person’s content.
    • Any quoted, paraphrased, or referenced content must be so identified during the speech presentation.

Table Topics Contest

  • The Table Topics Contest Chair will select a topic, general in nature
  • All contestants shall receive the same questions
    • Contestants will receive no advance knowledge of the topic until the moment they are introduced by the contest chair.
    • Timing will follow the conventional Toastmasters Table Topics length
  • When the contest begins, all contestants except the first shall leave the room and remain under the supervision of the contest sergeant at arms.
  • At the conclusion of each speech, the next speaker shall be invited into the room.
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