Humorous Speech Contest – 24 September 2018

This evening was different to our usual club meeting as it was our Humorous Speech Contest. Alice was the contest chair and organiser. Contest judges also joined us from nearby clubs. It was their job to brief other judges and ballot counters and to assess speeches on a range of criteria.

Four contestants took to the stage for their pre-planned speeches. Each speech lasted for 5-7 minutes and subjects covered a range of subjects such as travel, friendship, humour and workplace pranks!

Congratulations to Ned who took 1st place and will be representing Cass Toastmasters at the regional contest in three weeks’ time.

Next came our Tabletopics Contest, where contestants gave an impromptu speech of around one and a half minutes. Our contest chair gave us the following question:

‘Forest Gump’s mother said ‘life is like a box of chocolates; you’re never sure what you’re going to get’ if your life is like a box of chocolates, which chocolate would you want?’.

Contests waited outside the room and were called in one at a time when it was their turn to speak. The challenging part of this session is that there is no preparation time. Contestants are given the question and take to the stage to give their speech. Everybody has their own way of doing this, but perhaps a good technique is to think of the first thing that comes into your mind and go with it! Try to develop it into a speech.

Congratulations again to Ned who also took first prize for the Tabletopics Contest.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable evening. A huge thanks to the contest judges, chair, ballot counters and contestants whose organisation and commitment made the contest a success.

As always, it was great to see guests getting involved.

Our next meeting is a regular club meeting. This will be held on Monday 8 October 2018. Go to the following page for further details – https://www.meetup.com/CASSToastmasters/events/254973362/

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