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.