Tag Archive: Toastmasters

Sep 25

Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contests

We had a really successful night at Grosvenor Square Speakers at the beginning of this week. We decided to experiment with the way the club chairs the contests and we divided duties successfully between myself as VPE and Debbie Mahs. Even though the club doesn’t usually run its contests this way, it made a refreshing …

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Sep 05

Winning Public Speaking Contests

The London Speaker blog has kindly re-published a post I made on this blog from earlier this year. That post, which you can read by clicking on the link, was about creating a winning mindset and finding ways to “tip the balance” in your favour when you enter into a contest.

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Sep 05

Public Speaking: Table Topics Tips

I’ve been thinking about one of my favourite forms of theatre – the Commedia dell’ Arte and I think there are some important lessons for us to take away for our table topics sessions at Toastmasters. Brief bit of history; in Western theatre there have been two traditions, the scripted and memorised and the improvised. …

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Aug 29

Writing a Winning Humorous Speech

The London Speaker blog has just posted an interview with Jonathan Palmer last year’s Divison B Humorous Speech winner. It’s a really good and revealing article. Palmer talks about why he didn’t make the grade and win the contest at District (National) level. It’s a key distinction.

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Aug 22

New World Speaking Champion Crowned

As you’ve probably seen this week Saturday 16 August was the end of the International Speech Contest which culminated in a new world champion of public speaking being crowned – LaShunda Rundles.

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