Ever heard of the World Champion of Public Speaking? Toastmasters contests recognize one speaker a year as the best. It starts at the club level and goes all the way up to the International Speech Contest held annually at the International Toastmasters convention.
The speech contests are a long-time component of Toastmasters program. Most districts host 2 contests per year. For some members, this competition is an important part of their Toastmasters experience.
There are pretty much 3 perspectives on the contest. Some people love them. Other people loathe them. And in the middle are people who don’t care.
I think that our attitude to the speech contest can change over time. Continue reading “Let the Toastmasters Contests Begin: Contestants”