While Toastmasters International abandoned the tradition of fall contest in humorous speeches our district wisely decided to have the conference anyway. And the lack of official overseer opened new opportunities. For example, for first time ever, we could have contest in Czech and Slovak languages.
You might ask, what good is such a contest to an English-speaking club? Being where we are, we naturally have quite a few Czech speakers. And for some of them, including yours truly, this is exciting new challenge. Therefore, I tried competing with a speech in both languages.
This yielded me benefit already at Area level. When Bjorn whipped out his awesome English speech, at least I managed to advance to next round with the Czech version. The help of the club did not come to waste, as most of delivery skills do not need change between different languages. Thus, I could spread the glory of Brno at the district conference as well.
And it was well worth it. At the glamorous international event, among fierce and numerous competitors the humorous speech landed me third place. Every medal counts and it is nowhere written that glory of Brno Business Toastmasters should be limited to English.