First Oakville Toastmasters Club’s Humorous and Table Topics Contests are schedued for Thursday, September 27 at our meeting being held at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1494 Wallace Road in Oakville, Ontario. (Guests are always welcome.)
If you’re a paid up member of First Oakville Toastmasters you are eligible to be a contestant!
For the Humorous Contest you need to present a speech that’s five to seven minutes in length, of essentially original material and it helps if it’s funny.
But being funny, is a funny thing. Some presentations that don’t sound funny can be hilarioius when delivered. Some speakers are funnier than others regardless of the content of their speech. Some speakers use props that help while others don’t.
My point is you can’t predict what will work until you try it.
Last year I won the club level Humorous Speech Contest with a speech about a near-fatal car-bus crash out on the QEW that almost killed Marion and myself (I ended up with a fractured spine and a week in hospital.) so there’s no telling what some people will find funny.
The Table Topics Contest, which requires zero preparation, has always been one of my favourites and back a few years ago I won the District Table Topics Contest which is as far as you can go in this event.
Everyone who is a member in good-standing (in other words paid up) in First Oakville who isn’t a judge, chair, timer or counter should be a contestant. The idea is not to win (although in Table Topics you’ve got as good a chance as the next person) but to compete so as to build your experience as a contest participant. Participation helps to less anxiety and fear of speaking and it’s fun to do.
If you’re interested in participating in either contest let either chair know right away. I’m chairing the Table Topics Contest and Marion is charing the Humorous Contest and we’ll both be at this week’s meeting.