by Moe Wozniak
North Grenville Toastmasters will be hosting the local annual Toastmasters (TM) International Speech Contest on Friday, March 1, 2019. This is the first round of competition for Area 3, Division A, International Toastmasters which includes Carleton Place, Smiths Falls, Manotick and Kemptville. Speeches are timed and must fall into a 5-7 minute time frame. Winners will move on to the TM Division A International Speech Contest semi-final competition to be held in Brockville on March 10.
The Kemptville Toastmaster event will also host an Evaluation contest. During this part of the competition, a test speaker will present a speech. The Evaluation competitors will then compile an evaluation of the test speech they just heard which will highlight the best parts of the speech and encourage positive ways to improve the speech. The time limit for Evaluations is 2-3 minutes. Evaluations are the core of development at Toastmasters where participants receive encouraging and positive feedback while learning how to improve their communication and leadership skills. This helps speakers build confidence and clarity in any variety of projects in which they may be involved with at work, in their business or in their community.
This competition event will be held at Grenville Mutual Insurance, 380 Colonnade Dr., Kemptville, on Friday, March 1, 2019. Doors open at 6:30 pm for social. Competition starts at 7:00 pm sharp.
Every competition needs an audience! Please come and support our local speakers. Admission is free with plenty of parking plus there will be complimentary drinks and snacks. Guests are always welcome at Toastmasters events. Toastmasters is an International organization found in 142 countries worldwide with more than 345,000 members.
The North Grenville Toastmasters meet on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at O’Farrell Financial Services, 292 County Road 44 in Kemptville. For more information about Toastmasters and it’s new education venue, Pathways, visit the North Grenville Toastmasters website: www.8032.toastmastersclubs.org.