Kate Ebersole, a member of Chautauqua Talks Toastmasters Club, competed against other members in the club and recently in the Division contest where she took the first-place trophy for her Table Topics speech.
Participants are given an unknown topic in this Impromptu Speech called "Table Topics."
The Division topic was "If you could invent one thing to make the world a better place what would it be and why?"
While presenting this speech Ebersole used all the techniques such as body language, vocal variety and speech structure.
Ebersole along with other first- and second-place winners in the will be competing in the district contest held at the District Conference scheduled for Friday, April 25 in Owego.
Speaking contests are a Toastmaster tradition. Each year thousands of Toastmasters throughout the United States and world compete in speech contest.
Competition begins at the club contest and the winners continue competing through the area, division and on to the district levels.
Speech contests are an important part of Toastmasters International education program. Speech contests provide participants and contest organizers an opportunity to gain contest experience, and provide interesting educational programs for members and the public.
Chautauqua Talks Toastmasters Club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at the second-floor conference room at 511 N. Main St. use the left side entrance, Jamestown. Potential members and guests are encouraged and welcome to attend to observe and learn by speaking to groups and working with others in a supportive environment.
Participants can join in the fun and reap the benefits of organization, leadership, communication and team building.