Public speakers put their fears aside to compete in Cambridge

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  Feb. 6, 2019

CAMBRIDGE – People who overcame personal fears of public speaking will test their skills this week during the annual Toastmasters International competition in Cambridge ON.

On Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, members of three local Toastmasters International clubs – Grand River Toastmasters, Top Drawer Advanced Toastmasters and Cambridge Toastmasters – meet at Lang’s, 1145 Concession Road, Cambridge, for the International Speech and Speech Evaluation Contests.

“Contests are an important part of the Toastmasters Education program,” said Karen Pantaleo, Director for Area 92 of District 86 (southwest and Northern Ontario) of the (?) worldwide educational organization.

Toastmasters International members learn, practice and receive feedback about their public speaking during weekly club meetings. Winners of annual contests at the club level move on to Area Competitions, like the one Friday at Langs.  There, they face the challenge of speaking in front of an audience they aren’t familiar with, in a venue where they may never have stood in before. Even if they don’t advance to the next round of competition – set for March 30 — the contest is another learning opportunity to challenge and improve their public speaking skills, Pantaleo said.

Winners of the Area Competitions will compete in the Division T Contests on March 30, also at Lang’s.  The winners of the Division Contest will compete at the Toastmasters District 86 Spring Conference in April in Mississauga.  The winner of the International Speech Contest at the District Level will travel to Denver, Colorado in August to compete at for the prestigious title of World Championship of Public Speaking the Toastmasters International Convention against participants from around the world.

Some competitors will be judged Friday on how they present prepared speeches.  Other competitors will be judged on how they effectively they offer a spoken evaluation of someone else’s speech immediately after they heard it.

“Speech evaluation contests in particular, enable members to practice critical thinking skills and delivering constructive feedback in a positive manner.  These skills are essential in today’s workforce,” Pantaleo said.

Everyone is welcome to watch the competition, which starts at 7 p.m. sharp, doors open 615. Admission is $5 cash at the door.

Guests are always welcome at Toastmasters International club meetings.  There’s no charge to meeting visitors. Here’s information about clubs with  members in Friday’s competition:

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 357,000 in more than 16,600 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders.


Kevin Swayze




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