Rich Hopkins speaking at Toastmasters contest.This Thursday, August 14, 2014, the amazing Rich Hopkins will visit our Toastmasters club as a guest speaker and deliver his 5-7 minute contest speech in preparation for the Toastmasters International championship where he will be competing next week in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia!

Rich has competed at his own club contest level, his area, then division, then district over the past several months. Next week, he will compete against 91 contestants divided by 9 semi-finals, and then will move on to compete against 8 other finalists for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking!

When I asked Rich this… Read Full Post »

Joseph Coupal 2nd place Toastmasters Tall Tales and Evaluation Contest
Great job to our member and VP Membership officer, Joseph Coupal, in competing at the Area D-4 contest(s). He won first place in our club for both the evaluation contest and the Tall Tales speech contest. So, yesterday, he went on to represent our club at the Area competition level. About 50 attended.

Come and enjoy an evening of Tall Tales and evaluations at the 2013 Area D4 and D7 Tall Tales and Evaluation contest! Outlandish stories told by the winners of their club’s contest. Join us for the first Tall Tales contest in District 26 since the dawn of time! (Might not be fully accurate)

Learn by watching winning evaluators as they all evaluate the same speech.

Refreshments at Intermission will be provided

When: Monday, September 23, 2013, 5:30pm-9:30pm
Contest Starts: 6:30pm sharp!
Doors Open: 5:30pm with contestants/judges briefings at 6:00pm
Where: Co Executive Club Building, 1776 S. Jackson Street, Lower Level,… Read Full Post »

I forgot to get a photo of all the competitors before some of them had to leave but I did manage to capture most of them in a shot. Congrats to all competitors from left to right Barbara Peck (2nd place Tall Tales), Steve Worthman (Tall Tales participant), Jennifer Bailey (2nd place Evaluation contest), and the man who walked away with all the metal….Joseph Coupal (1st place Tall Tales, 1st place Evaluation contest)!

Tall Tales and Evaluation Contest 2013

Not in the photo but to be recognized also for exceptional performance Barbara Setliffe (3rd place Tall Tales), Ryan Dunn (2nd place Evaluation contest).

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On August 22, the George Sutton Toastmasters club will be conducting its club Evaluation and Tall Tales competition. Since we usually have the Evaluation and “Humorous Speech” contest this time of year, I’d like to provide an introduction to what a Tall Tales contest is and describe a basic outline of what makes a “good” tall tales speech, fit for winning a Toastmasters competition. Then I’ll provide one of the best examples I found on YouTube for you to analyze and emulate in your own speech preparation.

Why Do We Have a Tall Tales Toastmasters Contest?

When someone asks me… Read Full Post »