Manner of Speaking

Off to the Toastmasters District Conference

I will not be posting over the next few days as I am heading off to Dusseldorf, Germany tomorrow to participate in the Toastmasters District 59 Conference.  I will be competing in the International Speech Contest.  The Judge’s Ballot offers an interesting look at the criteria against which contestants will be scored, and provides a useful overview of key elements of a speech.

At stake is a ticket to the Toastmasters International Convention this August in the United States and a chance to compete at higher levels.  So I am excited.  However, I am also excited about seeing old friends whom I have met at past conferences from around Europe.  As I said in a previous post, the best thing about Toastmasters is the people who form it.

Last year, I attended two Toastmasters District Conferences – in Prague, Czech Republic and Bamberg, Germany – and had a great time at each.  I took my youngest daughter, Kristen (who doubles as my coach) to Bamberg, which made the experience all the more special.  We even featured in an article in Toastmasters Magazine.  Kristen will be accompanying me again this time, so we are looking forward to another Dad-Daughter adventure.

See you next week!