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Contest History

Twice a year, Toastmasters has speech contests. Speech contests give us the opportunity to stretch our skills through a competitive environment, to express ourselves to a wider audience, and to demonstrate the benefits of Toastmasters to the general public.

I’ve participated in Toastmasters speech contests from my first contest in 1992 to my last one in 2008, and I’ve learned a lot from them. In addition to furthering my speaking skills, I’ve learned how to handle disappointment and gained confidence when dealing with challenging situations. I’ve also made a great number of friends.

The following is my history in participating in speech contests. Many of the speeches are on my site, so click the link to see how my speeches evolved over the years.

The true benefit of speech contests, or any competition, isn’t in the winning, but in the getting up, participating, and taking on new challenges. In this respect, everyone who participates in a speech contest is a winner!

Year Spring Contest Fall Contest
2008 Did not compete: International Toastmaster for Area F-4. (Final contest)
2007 International: “A Winner Never Quits?”

  • Club: Winner
  • Area F-4:  Winner
  • Division F: Did not place

Table Topics:

  • Club: Did not compete*
  • Area F-4:  Winner
  • Division F: Runner up
Tall Tales: “Left Out”

  • Club: Winner
  • Area F-4: Winner
  • Division F: Did not place
2006 Did not compete. Humorous “Revenge of the Nerds?“:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area F-4: Winner
  • Division F: Did not place.
2005 Did not compete. Did not compete.
2004 Did not compete: Contest Toastmaster for Area G-4. Did not compete: Test speaker for evaluation contests: “It’s Good to Feel Bad”
2003 International “Bound”:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-4: Winner
  • Division G: Contest
    Winner
  • District: Did not place
Did not compete.
2002 Did not compete:  International Toastmaster at Area G-4 speech contest Did not compete:

2001 Did not compete: Contest Toastmaster at the Area G-4 speech contest. Evaluation:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-4: Winner
  • Division G: Winner
  • District: Runner up.
2000 International “A Good Enemy”:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-4: Runner up
Evaluation:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-4: Winner
  • Division G: Runner up
1999 International “The End of the World”:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-5: Runner up
Humorous “The Right to Bear Bears”:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-5: Winner
  • Division G: Did not place

Evaluation:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-5: Winner
  • Division G: Winner
  • Founder’s District: Did not place
1998 Did not compete: Area governor Did not compete
1997 International “A Basket of Magazines”:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-3: Runner up
Did not compete: Area governor
1996 Did not compete Did not compete: Test speaker for evaluation contests: “Don’t Proselytize Me.”
1995 International “Free Advice”:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-4: Winner
  • Division G: Runner up
Evaluation:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-4: Winner
  • Division G: Winner
  • Founder’s District: Did not place
1994 International “Bad Books”:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-4: Winner
  • Division G: Runner up
Did not compete: Test speaker for evaluation contests.
1993 International “Winning from Losing”:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-4: Winner
  • Division G: Runner up
Table Topics:

  • Club: Winner
  • Area G-4: Runner-up
1992 Evaluation:

  • Club: Runner up*
  • Area G-4: Runner up*
  • Division G: Did not place

* Advanced because contest winner could not attend the next contest.