Webinar: Execution of a Speech Contest ~ How to Handle the “Day of” Challenges

Monday August 19, 2019 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM
 

Congratulations!  You have planned that successful speech contest.   

What now?  It’s time to execute your plans.  Patricia Hamilton, Speech Contest Chair – Bahamas, and Lois Margolin, Speech Contest Chair – Florida will present a one hour webinar, with Q & A at the end)  on how to handle the “day of” speech contest.

Learn how to allocate your time so all the tasks defined in the planning can be accomplished.  Checklists and forms that will make your “day of” speech contest run smoothly will be discussed and available.  Learn the things you absolutely need to cover and what to do in the event contestants run in at the last minute.  This is the fun time, if you understand the rules, you won’t have to stress.

Webinar live link: https://zoom.us/j/4747471963

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Webinar: Planning a Speech Contest ~ Contest Chair / Chief Judge Responsibilities

Tuesday August 6, 2019 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM
 

Speech contests are rapidly approaching and your District Contest Chairs want to help minimize the stress and maximize your returns on planning a successful speech contest.  How will we do that? 

Patricia Hamilton, Speech Contest Chair – Bahamas, and Lois Margolin, Speech Contest Chair – Florida will present a one hour webinar, with Q & A at the end) for planning a speech contest.  The webinar will cover the responsibilities of the Contest Chair and the Chief Judge.  In addition, you will receive checklists and timelines that will help you run a smooth contest.  This is a must attend webinar for anyone who wants to run a successful, stress free contest.

The popular adage from  Benjamin Franklin, “Failing to plan is planning to fail” rings true when planning a speech contest. 

Please register below. To join the online meeting Tuesday at 9 pm, please visit https://zoom.us/j/4747471963

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Webinar: Toastmasters District 47 Blogging Program

Thursday August 8, 2019 7:00 PM
 

The Toastmasters District 47 blogging program wants YOU! We will be able to attract more people to our website — and ultimately into our club meetings — if we share more compelling content and engage more people than just the official PR/social media in the creative process. We have people who can check your spelling and coach you through the mechanics of creating online content.

This webinar will cover the basics of writing blog posts, adding images and other multimedia elements such as video, and submitting your posts for publication. At the conclusion of the webinar, District Webmaster David F. Carr, DTM, will tell you how you can obtain a user name and password. (Note: this event was rescheduled from Tuesday to Thursday to avoid a conflict with another webinar).

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David covered similar material in a recent online presentation on blogging for Toastmasters pursuing the Pathways “Create a Compelling Blog” project and/or creating online content to promote their clubs. This session will be more specific to the district program and also cover how to submit events to the calendar on the district website.

We will cover what content is appropriate to share at the district level and what would be more appropriate to publish elsewhere. Things that would be appropriate to share at the district level include:

  • Contest speech videos
  • Educational content about public speaking or presentation technique
  • Lessons learned from Toastmasters leadership
  • Any content that showcases the personal and professional value of Toastmasters, particularly if it would be of interest to non-Toastmasters whom we would like to recruit.

This online training will be hosted on Zoom, an online video meetings platform, with plenty of time for your questions.

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Video: International Speech Contest Winners, 2019

The Toastmasters featured below were judged the best speakers from across South Florida and The Bahamas in the contest at the Toastmasters District 47 annual conference for 2019.

Contest Winners Trevor Lockhart, Colton Stollenmaier (1st Place, Center),
and Annaya Holmes with 2018-2019 District Director (right) and
2019-2020 District Director Leonardo Burrows (left)

The winners were:

  • Colton Stollenmaier, 1st Place
  • Trevor Lockhart, 2nd Place
  • Annaya Holmes, 3rd Place

Each of the contestants had already won contests at increasing levels of competition — club, area, and division — before getting the district level.

The International Speech Contest tests the ability of Toastmasters to deliver a serious or inspirational message (although these speeches often contain an element of humor as well). The International Speech contest ultimately leads to the crowning of a World Champion of Public Speaking when competitors from across the world meet at the Toastmasters International Convention.

District 47 also held contests for Humorous Speech, Table Topics (impromptu speaking) and Evaluation (video replay coming soon).

Colton Stollenmaier, 1st Place
Trevor Lockhart, 2nd Place
Annaya Holmes, 3rd Place