You’re invited to our International Speech and Evaluation contests to be held Thursday 22 November, 7pm to 10pm.
Speech contests are a Toastmasters tradition. Each year thousands of Toastmasters compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, Table Topics and International speech contests. Competition begins with club contests and winners continue competing through the area, division and district levels. The International competition has two additional levels — semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking®.
International Speech Contest
Each year, the Toastmasters International Convention culminates in the final round of the International Speech Contest, where the World Champion of Public Speaking ® is chosen. In this exciting event, 10 contestants from all over the world deliver 5- to 7-minute speeches that are evaluated by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. After a year of competing in club, area, district and semifinal competitions, these contestants have advanced for the chance to win this prestigious accolade.
Contestants observe a five-to seven-minute test speech and then present a two-to three-minute evaluation of the test speech.
Situated in the Hornsby and Waitara areas, Waitara Windbags Toastmasters Club is your chance to join a new club with like-minded people who also want to improve their public speaking, communication and leadership skills. You will be learning practical skills, guided by a small number of experienced Toastmasters.
We meet in the Rear Hall of Waitara Gospel Chapel, 30 Edgeworth David Avenue, Waitara, on the second and fourth Thursday of every month.
Good leaders are good communicators
Anyone who is a strong leader has to first be an effective communicator. In Toastmasters you will hone your speaking skills, and you will develop leadership abilities – through evaluations, listening, mentoring, serving as club officers and filling roles in club meetings. You will take those leadership skills out into the world, running businesses, mentoring youths, organizing fund-raisers, coaching teams and heading up families.
Waitara Windbags Toastmasters Club is friendly and open to anyone from the age of 18. Our meetings are interesting, positive and educational. We have a “serious about better speaking” attitude balanced with a lot of humour and light-hearted banter.
Our club is welcoming, with an eclectic mix of ages, speaking abilities and nationalities. Wherever you’re from, or whatever your speaking ability is, you’ll fit right in!
How does it work?
The environment in a Toastmasters club is friendly and supportive. Everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcome and valued – from complete beginners to advanced speakers. In a club meeting, you practice giving prepared speeches as well as brief impromptu presentations, known as Table Topics. There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters program allows you to progress at your own pace.
Constructive evaluation is central to the Toastmasters philosophy. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths as well as suggest improvements. Receiving – and giving – such feedback is a great learning experience. In Toastmasters, encouragement and improvement go hand-in-hand.