Contest season is in full swing. Are you a contestant? How about a judge? A big part of contest season is bringing people together. It is always a pleasure for me to meet Toastmasters from other clubs. We are all here for our own reasons but we are all working the same program. This is where we can find the common ground to open up conversations and get to know all those people who are new to us.
Contests bring out our best speakers. Everyone wants to improve and to see if that elusive path of moving on will be in their future.
The International speech contest in August will be the place where Toastmasters from all over the world will send their best to compete at the International convention. Last year over 150 countries were represented. It made me proud to be part of an organization that is so diverse and world wide.
Best wishes to all the contestants.
“Be the best you can be”, and challenge yourself.
It is the “journey not the destination”.
All the best,
John Sherber DTM
District 21 Program Quality Director, 2016-2017