It has often been said that “people fear public speaking more than death.” Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. Presently membership exceeds 332,000 in 135 countries.
The three-day programme has something for everyone who is interested in public speaking. Firstly, speech contests in three different languages. Speakers deliver five- to seven-minute presentations on inspirational and motivational topics and have already proved themselves at club, area and division level. The winner of the English contest will go on to compete in the annual World Championship of Public Speaking in Washington DC later this year.
Secondly, there’s the “Evaluation” speech contest. Contestants observe a test speech and then present a short evaluation. Thirdly, twelve mini-workshops on a range of topics all tailored to help improve communication and leadership skills. And as if that wasn’t enough, Mohammed Qahtani, the 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking, will deliver the key note speech and a workshop.
At Saturday’s gala dinner after the prize giving, it’s time for your feet to do the talking--on the dance floor.