Toastmasters Club Contests Are Here Again

It seems we’ve just completed our Humorous Speech Contests and we’ve got to start preparing for the International.   Yes, we held the Semi-annual Conference less than a month ago and in only a couple months we’ll be having to front up with our Club-level speeches, if we wish to enter the upcoming International Speech Contest.   How quickly the time flies.  We hold Club, Area, Divisional and then District-level comps and, barely are these last finished and we’re back preparing for our next club-level contests.

Half a year between these major competitions seems quite a while – until you involve yourself in them.   This is particularly the case if you have a modicum of success as I did this year.  Club contests in February, Area contests in March, Divisional in April, and District in May.    Three months is then allowed to get the International Conference (generally held in the USA) out of the way, and it’s back to the next round of competitions.

I completed my last competition speech at Western Division in mid-October.   It’s now the very end of November and I’m already considering what I’m going to present by way of a speech I can deliver at the Club-level once again in early February.

Of course, I don’t have to enter the competitions – but I want to.   The desire to reach District Level is still very much in me.   Perhaps it is the same with you.   One thing I do know.  If you want to become the best you can become you need to keep on taking up these challenges.   So, good luck to you and, perhaps I’ll see you there at the Grand Final at District Level next year.

About Tom Ware

I'm into speaking to audiences. My particular forte is telling stories. Morevover, I've addressed over 750 audiences and in excess of 40,000 people during the past eighteen years - excluding those I've addressed in my Toastmasters clubs. Additionally, I've presented classes to adults on Metaphysics and Spirituality (non sectarian) and Popular Psychology between 2001 and 2008. I'm an avid writer, been at it for forty-five years. Speaking is a passion, of course, as mentioned above. I started in 1972 with Toastmasters. My speciality is Storytelling and some years ago people began to flatter me with the titles: Prince of Storytellers, and Master Storyteller. Also, Tusitala Tom (Tusitala means Storyteller in Polynesian) I am also into 'serious' meditation (Vipassana as taught by S N Goenka) Started that in 1986. Additionally, I'm an Automatic Writing practioner and have been able to 'channel' for over forty years. Bit about me. Born in London UK and migrated to Australia in 1951. Started my first job day after my fifteenth birthday in that year. I've been a postal worker, sailor, aviation air-ground man, overseas telegraph operator. I've worked for an electrical power-supply company, been a truck driver, a foundry labourer, laboratory assistant, a police radio operator, and office worker - even an Antarctic expeditioner. Worked and lived in a number of countries, but am now 'retired' and enjoying life - probably as never before. I've been married - yes to the same woman! - for fifty-three years and have three grown up children and four grandchildren.
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