Bev Hepting (left): winner, Evaluation Contest; Colin Beveridge (centre): contest chair; Caroline Brewer (right): winner, International Speech Contest

Bev Hepting (left): winner, Evaluation Contest; Colin Beveridge (centre): contest chair; Caroline Brewer (right): winner, International Speech Contest

She used to dread public speaking. Those days have changed. Last Wednesday, at the Casterbridge Speakers branch of Toastmasters International, Caroline Brewer explained her journey from a terrified talker to a terrific one, beating three other speakers in the club’s prestigious International Speech Contest. The main theme of her “One Thought” speech, the power of the human mind, was coincidentally echoed in several of the other talks: Rosie Barfoot‘s demonstration of the power of innovation, Bev Hepting‘s “Equation of Life” about dealing with chronic pain, and Dave Smith‘s description of his father’s life journey.

Caroline and Rosie progress to the Area contest at Ferndown Village Hall on March 20th, competing with speakers from around Dorset. The winners of that are two speeches away from the World Speaking Championship in Las Vegas.

The club also held an Evaluation contest, in which Andrew Knowles spoke about the “Golden Age of Computer Gaming”. Bev Hepting, Guy Kerr and Dave Smith all gave clear and constructive feedback. However, Bev’s evaluation was judged the winner and Guy will join her in the next round of the contest at Ferndown.

Casterbridge Speakers meet at the Wessex Royale Hotel in Dorchester on the first and third Wednesdays of every month at 7:30pm. Whether you’re preparing for a wedding speech, looking to improve your work presentations, or to develop your leadership skills, you’ll be made extremely welcome.

For more information about visiting Casterbridge Speakers, please contact Club President Rosie Barfoot on 01305 261540 or rosiebarfoot@btconnect.com

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