Magical. Mental. Magnificent. Those are the three words that came to mind after I heard the plans for the Area contest from our brilliant Contest Chair Mell Sheppard. It is now less than 2 weeks to go until the Area 21 Humourous Speech and Tabletopics Contest, which is on Saturday 27th September from 9.30am. I’m super-excited. And that was even before she told me about her amazing warm-up act – but more about that later.
The contest itself will feature the winners from clubs in Area 21. Unlike previous years, this year only one winner from each contest goes through, so it really is the best of the best. If you’ve ever tried to make people laugh in a speech, you’ll know how tricky that can be. The humourous speech contest brings together four of the most entertaining, on-form speakers in the area. Then we also have the tabletopics contest – impromptu speaking at its very best. The contestants for this are quick-witted but mentally organised as they structure a mini-speech to strike a chord with the audience in the blink-of- an-eye.
And if that’s not enough, I am so thrilled to tell you about the warm-up act we have lined up for you, a special guest: Ian Souch. Ian Souch has a magical way with words because he is no less than a magician! In a special warm up for the contest, Ian will be performing ‘Mentalism’ or mind reading. It has to be seen to be believed – will he really be able to get into the minds of Toastmasters? I can’t wait to find out!
The area contest promises to be an entertaining and truly stunning event year. The event is free to all but places are limited so must be booked in advance. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/area-21-humorous-speech-and-table-topics-contest-tickets-13125383375
Saturday, 27th of September 9.30am-12.30pm. Burnham Park Hall, Burham, SL1 7HR