Toastmaster Clubs Bega, Moruya and Batemans Bay held their Area 29 International Speech and Evaluation contest at Club Narooma recently. The Evaluation contest was represented by a member from each club where each contestant was asked to evaluate a speech presented by D70 Monaro Division Director Timothy Reed ACB. The successful winner was Margaret Perger from the Moruya Toastmasters Club. Margaret now contests the D70 Evaluation contest at Gungahlin Canberra on the24th March 2018.
Margaret was asked why she entered the evaluation contest and to share her thoughts on why she continues as a member of Toastmasters.
"I enjoyed entering our Area 29 Evaluation Contests because I enjoy putting into practise all that I have learnt and been sharing for some time with other club members. When evaluating a speech for a contest you give the whole structure and content of the speech a much closer study and the information becomes even better absorbed than just listening to it. Evaluation provides a real life skill to give feedback to workmates as well as to family and friends. If you start by recognizing what the speaker has done well then the person being evaluated is more likely to be receptive of ideas to further enhance their speech in future presentations.
I joined Toastmasters nearly 24 years ago and from that time it has greatly improved my self confidence in many of life's situations. I particularly enjoy watching new people grow in confidence and love the fact that I can assist them in being surprised that they can do far more than they think they can. I have even had the opportunity to visit a club in Ireland and tell them about this country 'down under'. I encourage everyone to join Toastmasters because whether you have done any public speaking or not you will discover that you have many talents both as a speaker and a leader and make great new friends."
Above: Margaret is presented with her certificate by Amanda Annabel DTM, the acting Area 29 Director.
If you would like more information regarding the Moruya Toastmasters Club telephone Margaret on 0400719077.
Batemans Bay Toastmasters Club meets every 1st and 3nd Tuesday of the month at the Soldiers Club.
Each Toastmasters Club provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication, leadership skills and public speaking, within a supportive group environment, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
Batemans Bay Toastmasters Website: www.bbtoastmasters.org.au.
For more information about both clubs please contact Noal 0407451331 or Amanda 0414905993