Having been a Toastmaster on and off for over ten years, I had attended some Area and Division speech contestants, but had never been to a District 86 Conference until April 2017. Therefore, the highlight of the Spring Conference for me was the District International Speech Contest, which was held on April 29, 2017. Roger Caesar, ACS, ALB chaired the Speech Contest. Roger was the District 86 International Speech Contest Champ in 2015 and 2016! There were ten incredibly polished speakers. I have never seen so many high caliber speakers on a stage in my life! All of their speeches were impactful with strong messages. Each of the speeches was orchestrated for amazing delivery with perfect vocal variety, gestures, comfortable use of the stage and of course the speech preparation itself (opening, body, close, call to action). It was a very strong competition and meticulously organized. It would have been really difficult to be a judge. I hope to one day be on the District 86 Conference stage competing in a speech contest…. The winners of the International Speech Contest were:

1st Place – Jose Vivar
2nd Place – Ross Mackay
3rd Place – Neil Dunsmore

The District Evaluation Contest was held on April 30 and was chaired by Brian Brennan, DTM. I noticed that many of the conference attendees were madly taking notes about effective evaluation techniques we were learning! I wished I could have performance reviews from these very effective evaluators! The winners of the District Evaluation Speech Contest were:

1st Place – Kwesi Millington
2nd Place – Andrew Mertens
3rd Place – John Constant

Kudos and thank you for all of the judges in both contests!

Muktha Tumkur, P. Eng., MBA, ACS, ALB

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