Two area residents will compete at a Toastmasters International public speaking contest March 30, facing competitors from across central Ontario.
Nancy Movrin, of Cambridge, and Randy Moore, from Ayr, won at an annual Toastmasters International competition Fri., Feb. 8, 2019, at Langs community centre, Cambridge ON.
Movrin took home the Best Speaker trophy, after presenting a prepared speech. Moore was top Speech Evaluator, after listening to another speech and then immediately standing before an audience to verbally present constructive criticism of that speech.
Movrin is a member of Cambridge Toastmasters club. Moore is a member of the Grand River Toastmasters club. Also competing Friday were members from the Top Drawer Advanced Toastmasters club. All three clubs meet in Cambridge.
Toastmasters International members learn, practice and receive feedback about their public speaking skills and develop leadership skills during weekly club meetings.
Winners of the area club competitions – such as last Friday’s event – move on to participate in the Division T Contests on March 30. That contest will also be held at Langs, 1145 Concession Rd. The event runs 1 p.m. 4 p.m.
Winners of the Division Contests compete at the Toastmasters District 86 Spring Conference in April in Mississauga. And the winners of the International Speech contest at the District Level will travel to Denver, Colorado in August to compete at the World Championship of Public Speaking held during the Toastmasters International Convention, against participants from around the globe.
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:
• Cambridge Toastmasters: https://2728.toastmastersclubs.org
• Grand River Toastmasters: www.cambridgegrandrivertoastmasters.com
• Top Drawer Advanced Toastmasters: https://www.toastmasters.org/Find-a-Club/00007175-topdrawer-advanced-toastmasters-club (for people with previous Toastmasters experience)
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.