Competing in Contests

DEBORAH BARTUCCISubmitted by Toastmaster Deborah Bartucci

I am a contest competing hound. When I originally joined First Oakville Toastmasters I made a pact with myself that I would participate in the Toastmaster program and that I would enter as many contests as possible. Well after 7 years, I have been in all of the contests – Table Topics, Tall Tales, Evaluation, Humourous and of course International contest.

I have grown to like them all but my favourites are Tall Tales and Humourous contests. Just recently we held our Humourous contest – what fun!!! With this contest you get to tell a zany story, have fun, and make people laugh. If you read anything in the Toastmaster training you will know “ if you can make the audience laugh you have them in the palm of your hand”. It is a great place to practice incorporating laughter into any speech.

The night of our contest there were great speeches – a tough competition- has all of the competitors were excellent. To our good fortune, Matt Wagner and I moved forward to the Area level.
As this is a new area for First Oakville Toastmasters it was a new challenge. I learned that sometimes you become too comfortable always competing, as we have, in the same area since I joined. There were new clubs in this new area which in turn meant new competitors. I was a little nervous at first just coming out of my comfort zone but soon the adrenaline kicked in and I had some fun.

I encourage all of you to stretch your limits, move out of your comfort zone, have some fun and sign up for the next contest you are eligible for.

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