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New Bern Toastmasters hosts Regional Speech Contest

New Bern Toastmasters Club
Photo: New Bern Toastmasters Competent Communicator Garret Biss (left) accepts Evaluator of the evening award from Toastmaster Daimon King, New Bern Toastmasters Club Secretary

New Bern Toastmasters is hosting the District 37 Area Speech Contest on April 11, 2015 at 10 am, at the Monarch Center, 1320 Health Drive in New Bern.   Doors open to the public at 9:30 a.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Members from Toastmaster clubs in New Bern, Havelock, Jacksonville and Morehead City will compete in Saturday’s event that includes two categories.   The first category is Best Inspirational Speech, where contestants present a five to seven minutes long prepared speech.  The second competitive category will be for best Table Topics Speech, a skill in extemporaneous speaking, where each contestant will be asked an unknown question on an unknown topic and is required to speak for a minimum of one minute and a maximum of two and half minutes.

“The Toastmasters organization has been committed to helping individuals improve their speaking and leadership skills for 90 years and over 60 years in North Carolina. This training includes time-tested techniques, developed by Toastmasters International.

Come join us on Saturday for a morning filled with fun and great speakers from our neighboring clubs. Observe how we are committed to helping you on your journey to personal growth and development”, commented Speech Contest Chairperson and New Bern Toastmasters President Susan Namowicz.

Everyone is invited and please bring a friend.

People join Toastmasters for various reasons. Becoming a member provides a great opportunity to hone speaking skills, overcome fear of public speaking, prepare for job interviews, and develop leadership skills in a supportive and self-paced environment. Toastmasters provides the more seasoned speaker with opportunities to develop special capabilities, to compete on the regional, state and national level, and to participate in the speaker’s bureau.

New Bern Toastmasters Club meets every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m. at Monarch’s Health Services Building, 1320 Health Drive. Guests are always welcome!

Find us on Facebook at: Toastmasters International – New Bern, N.C. Chapter

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. Founded in October 1924, the organization currently has more than 280,000 members in 13,500-plus clubs in 116 countries. Each week, Toastmasters helps more than a quarter million people of every ethnicity, education level and profession build their competence in communication so they can gain the confidence to lead others. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters International on Twitter.

Submitted by Heather Noto, New Bern Toastmasters, VP Public Relations