Six of the local Casterbridge Speakers 20 strong members went to Southampton on Saturday to support two members, Paul Hutchins and Dawn Wilson.  Having won at club level they were going through to the next round in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest respectively.

Club winners Dawn Wilson & Paul Hutchins

In addition to supporting the two contestants four others from the club volunteered for active roles in the day’s event.

Rosie Barfoot presenting

Dorchester based Rosie Barfoot, conducted one of a quartet of presentations intended to educate other Toastmasters.  Hers was on the art of connecting with the audience.

Picture exercise

Her presentation got the 40 delegates participating in a picture presentation exercise.  It had everyone exploring how to reach the four personality types likely to be in any given audience.

The second half of the day was devoted to the area Toastmasters competition and was chaired by founder Casterbridge Speaker, Laura McHarrie.  “Having recently chartered; club members can now take part in competitions.  This is the first time we’ve been able to do this, in our three year history.  It’s very exciting” commented Dryden Pennington, Casterbridge Speakers Club President.

Dave Smith – impromptu speaking

Speech contests are an important part of the Toastmasters educational programme.  They provide an opportunity for Toastmasters to gain speaking experience, as well as an opportunity for other Toastmasters to learn by observing proficient speakers.

The winners of the next round will go forward to the UK and Ireland final which takes place on the 7th May in Old Windsor.

Area 42 Toastmasters Contest Finalists

Casterbridge Speakers meets on the first and third Wednesday of every month at the Wessex Royale in Dorchester.  For more information about a taster session, please contact your VP membership: Laura McHarrie on 01305 833292

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