Archive for October, 2014

Deconstructing The 2014 World Championship Speech

Written October 12th, 2014
Categories: Public Speaking, Speaking Tips, Toastmasters International

dananjaya hettiarachchiDananjaya Hettiarachchi, of Sri Lanka, is the 2014 World Championship of Public Speaking. Mr. Hettiarachchi was crowned champ at the recent international Toastmasters conference, which was held in Kuala Lampur. The speech was titled “I See Something,” and he shared how the various people in his past inspired him to achieve more in life. In this article The Best Speaker in the World; Deconstruction of a Champion’s Presentation you can view a video of the speech after which the author highlights four aspects of the speech and why they are effective. One more thing to note is how Hettiarachchi uses the circle back technique to close his talk. He opens the speech with the flower and then circles back to the flower at the end to provide closure. 

Congratulations, Christine!

Written October 12th, 2014
Categories: Speech Contest, Toastmasters International

Thursday, October 2, was the Area 43 Humorous Speech and Table Topics Contests. Our club had four contestants competing against representatives of the other Area 43 clubs. The winners were to advance to the Division level contests: Mark Morden and Phil Irvin in the speech contest and John LeCompte and Christine Klimkowski in the table topics contest. The table topics contest was a rematch between husband and wife, John and Christine. In our club contest, John was the victor. However, at the Area contest the tables were turned and Christine prevailed over all contestants. She was judged to have the best response to the question, “The $100: who uses it, and how is it used?” Christine will move on to compete on October 24 in the District D contest. John finished second. In the humorous speech contest, Mark and Phil faced stiff competition. While they both represented the club very well, neither was able to reach the winner’s podium.

Show Christine your support and attend the Division D contest on the 24th. Information about the location and time of the event can be found at this link to the District 2 webpage. Winners at the Division level will compete in the District 2 finals on November 15.

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