Fall Contest Season

Fall contest season—a little something for everyone!

Autumn is my favorite season.  The tourists head home, the kids go back to school, and the weather is just the way I like it.   But the reason I really love the fall is it is time for the annual Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests!

Unlike the International Speech contest where club members must complete 6 book speeches to be eligible to participate, the Humorous Speech contests is open to even the newest of club members.   What a wonderful opportunity!   Not only can a club member get a taste for competition in a friendly environment, but they can complete a manual speech and have the rare opportunity to compare side by side how different individuals approach the same speech assignment.

The Evaluation Contests is also open to the newest members of the club and offers them the opportunity to develop and hone one of the best skills in Toastmasters—Evaluation!  Additionally, one lucky club member must provide the “target” speech for the evaluation contest.  This is an amazing opportunity for a club member can get 3-5 verbal evaluations of the same speech.   Was my message sent? How was it received?  Where can I improve?

But there are so many other things to learn and do.  Can anyone say Leadership Manual?   Any contest season is a perfect time to complete some of your goals towards leadership.  Be the contest chair, organize a raffle, promote the event, participate as a timer and of course contests always need judges—is chief judge in your future?   Are you on the fast track to leadership?  I recommend taking on any of these roles outside of your club.   Act as the Area contest Chairman, try your hand as a Division Contest Judge or the District Contest Raffle Coordinator.  Each level offers new fun and different challenges and with that learning opportunities.

The Humorous and Evaluation Contest learning opportunities near you include:

Club Level Contests taking place now through mid September.

Area Level Contests

  •     Sept 21, 2013        Area E1, E2, E5 Details TBD
  •     Sept 28, 2013        Area E3, E4, E6 Details TBD

Division E Contest

  •    Oct 12, 2013             Div E  Details TBD

District 33 Conference and Contests

  •  November 8-9 (Bakersfield CA)

Join me in celebrating the Fall Contest season.  Get you there and sign up for your club competition.  Take on a leadership role.  There is no better way to work towards your own personal goals and have a great time doing it.

Engaging Excellence!

Cynthia Holm

Area E-4 Governor

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