Toastmasters Speech Contests – Lessons Learned

Going Off Script Can Have Devastating Results

In a Toastmasters speech contest, you can disqualify yourself by going under-or-over-time! Toastmasters' International (inspirational/motivational) speech contest allows you to speak for 5-7 minutes – with 30 seconds of leeway. IE: you're technically good from...

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Losing vs Loser

Has your favorite sports team ever lost? Losing is part of the game. All hail the game! I lost this weekend's District 39 Toastmasters International speech contest at the District level (round 4 of 6). Didn't even place. And when the top-three winner's were announced,...

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The Painful Truth Makes You A Better Public Speaker

The first words out of Tracy Harrison's mouth: "Well, do you want the truth?" "Yes," I said, smiling wide (not having any idea of the honesty that was about to sledgehammer me upside the head). "I didn't like your speech just now, and I didn't like it when you gave it...

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