At Riverside Communicators we take part in 5 contests each year. The International Speech Contest, The Humorous Speech Contest, The Evaluation Contest and the Table Topics Contest. For all of these contests our club winners go on to compete against the winners from other clubs. We also have our own our Riverside Cooper Cup for Storytelling, From time to time our members have also entered Tall Tales contests. Not only are the contests great fun, we learn about speaking, about handling our nerves, and about listening – particularly if we volunteer to be judges.
Our unique Cooper Cup for Storytelling
Since one of our oldest and most longstanding members Jean Cooper moved back to her home town of Sheffield we have held the annual Cooper Cup for Storytelling. Jean is a great storyteller – in off the cuff speeches as well as in longer prepared speeches. She is aways eager to hear who is competing and who wins!
The contest usually takes place in January and any club member who wishes to enter can do so. The stories are 3-5 minutes long.
2012 Winner: Glen Savage 2011 Winner: Caine Free 2010 Winner: Pilar Sibbick
The International Speech Contest
Every year Toastmasters International hold a speech contest that starts at club level around the world and ends with the Finals at the International Convention (usually held in the USA). The winner become the World Champion of Public Speaking. You can watch the 2011 World Champion give his speech here
Recent Riverside club winners include:
2012 Winner: Sonia Aste 2011 Winner: Dorothea Stuart 2010 Winner: Errol Williamson