The Results Are In!

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Congratulations to our club contest winners!

Waitara Windbags holds a successful Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests on 13 Sept 2018.

Humorous Speech contest:

1st Place: Lin

2nd Place: Ian

Table Topics Contest:

1st Place: Preetha

2nd Place: Carlo

Winners from the club contest will go on to represent the club at the Area 16 contest on 29 Sep 18. They will battle it out to be the best in the area! The clubs in Area 16 are: Hornsby, St Ives, Turramurra, Waitara Windbags, Keynoters Advanced, Berowra.

Results from the Area 16 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests held on 29 Sep 18

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Humorous Speech contest:

1st Place: Michelle (Keynoters Advanced)

2nd Place: Kenneth (Hornsby)

3rd Place: Sam (St Ives)

Table Topics Contest:

1st Place: Kenneth (Hornsby)

2nd Place: Michelle (Keynoters Advanced)

3rd Place: Preetha (Waitara Windbags)

Public Speaking Contests

You’re invited to our Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests to be held Thursday 13 September, 7pm to 9pm.

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®.

Thursday 13 September 7pm to 9pm

Humorous Speech Contest

Speaking with humour is a great skill. Every year clubs across the district hold a humorous speech contest. There are three further rounds: area contests, division contests and the district final.

The criteria are those for any good speech. The additional task for the speakers is to give a speech with a message that is presented with humour.

Table Topics Contest

Where do Table Topics come from?

From its beginning 90 years ago Toastmasters International has encouraged its affiliated clubs to practice the art of impromptu speaking.

In Toastmasters this is called Table Topics and is included in most club meetings.

Like all public speaking skills you get better with practice. That is why members are encourage to join into the table topics section of a club meeting. They’re encouraged to use their impromptu skills at work and elsewhere. They’re encourage to enter contests to hone their skills even further.

Special Guest Speaker – 9 August 2018

Our special guest at our meeting on 9 August 2018 is Kageni Njeru. Kageni is District 90’s representative in the Toastmasters World Championships of Public Speaking which is being held in Chicago later this month!


Kageni will be presenting her awesome speech that won her the District 90 International Speech competition and then all members and guests will be given the opportunity to give feedback to help Kageni improve her speech and then hopefully become the next World Champion of Public Speaking!

Speechcraft Testimonial

Pauline has been training Speechcraft Coordinators to plan, prepare and run Speechcraft Courses throughout NSW since 2015. I have achieved the highest award for Toastmasters – DTM – which is a Distinguished Toastmaster. It is an honour to have Pauline assisting at our course on the 21st April 2018.

See below a testimonial from a course recently completed at Forestville Toastmasters Club.

Testimonial – Forestville Speechcraft course ending 22nd February 2018

Polly I can’t tell you what a joy your course has brought me. Not since being a dancer have I experienced such a blend of timing and artistry, being under pressure to think on my feet while delivering as smooth a presentation as possible in real time.

I have thoroughly enjoyed the process and cant wait to get to the next level. Your speech was truly inspirational and opened my eyes to the mastery and artistry that is available through public speaking.

Also I’ve been amazed at how the “quieter” students have found their voice. It’s like they have always wanted to tell their story and you have given them the skills to do it.

What a worthwhile life of contribution you live….

Kind Regards,

Gordon Gilkes

Director,  Dancesport Confidence Programs

Director, National Board, Dancesport Australia.

Testimonal from Miranda Speechcraft course

Stage Presence Workshop – 12 April 2018

Learn how to master the art of pause, pace, pitch and power of your voice to engage and connect with your audience

Kathy Stewart, DTM

Waitara Windbags Toastmasters club is pleased to invite you to join us as Kathy Stewart DTM presents an interactive workshop that will empower you to project your best voice.

  • The importance of breathing and relaxation for expressive vocal projection
  • Understand the best use of emphasis and inflection in the delivery of the spoken word
  • How to connect your body, mind and voice so that you can inspire your audience

Kathy is not only a highly esteemed and experienced Toastmaster, she is also the Founder of Speaking Connections. She has twenty-five years of experience in creation, development and delivery of interactive programs and workshops in voice coaching, public speaking, presentation skills and performing arts subjects.

Kathy will share her wealth of knowledge to assist you to develop confident, expressive and effective speech.

Not to be missed! Toastmasters from all clubs and visitors are welcome.

Thursday 12th April 7pm – 8pm (first half of meeting)
Waitara Gospel Chapel, 30 Edgeworth David Ave, Waitara
Please RSVP by 10th April: