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.
Autumn contests are something else and I am so glad our district wants to continue the tradition of humorous contests. From the moment of arrival people in crazy costumes were setting the mood worthy of the event name- Spontaneous Laughter 2019.
As usual they were highly amusing workshops. “How to tell stories with graphs” was very relevant to all of us from informatics careers. Second one imprinted in my memory was on emotional expression of English speech. Having an actor reveal his skills and making us all practice intensively by the end was quite intense.
Finally, the contests. Brno was very visible. In Czech speeches there was a premiere at that competitive level by yours truly. Coming out third in the “as if proper” round was both encouraging and alarming. In a month the big finals in Bratislava are coming and I will work on bringing some trophy from there as well.
However, highlight was Bjorn’s performance in English speeches. What was loose at Area level he tightly knit together into very cohesive speech with wonderful callbacks escalating until the very end. Without taking away any steam out of his jokes. Bjorn earned well deserved gold for that and we are both looking to Bratislava on 30th November.
The humorous speech contest is approaching fast! It will be held by Brno Business Toastmasters on 15th September (Tuesday, as usually). Let us start with a short teaster from the last year’s contest:
Some of us perhaps still remember the winning humorous speech of the last year given by Tomas. It was indeed very funny and also had shining success on higher competition levels.
The speech was about how he traveled to England for the first time. It focused on his preparation for before the flight and his troubles with suitcase weight. In a funny way he told us which issues he faced and how he managed to deal with them.
“My suitcase was 5 kilograms over the weight limit. For every kilo over the limit, they wanted me to pay extra 10 Euro. Imagine what I thought. My father’s wallet will cry!”
Do you have your ideas about how a humorous speech should look like? Do you have a great funny topic in mind? Would you like to participate in the contest? Go ahead and contact us on Facebook! (Please consider that only TM members can participate)