I joined Big Country Toastmasters just over 6 months ago, and today I found myself representing southern Saskatchewan at the District 42 International Speech Competition. It was a bit of a fluke actually, considering I LOST at the club level, and only went on to the Area Competition because our “club champion” was double-booked that day. Nevertheless, the journey has been a steep learning curve for me and I have been utterly amazed at how supportive and encouraging the members of Toastmasters have been over the past six weeks. Many (many) people have evaluated this speech, providing suggestions for improvement, to the point where I can honestly say that it hardly resembles the original.
The winning speech in Edmonton is bound for Malaysia this year, but sadly, my summer travel plans will not take me that far as this is not the winning speech. Those well deserved honors go to Major John Hallet from Division G (Southern Alberta). That said, Big Country has an up and coming star performer who shared this little intro with me the day I left for Edmonton: