Mississauga resident advances to semifinals of the world’s largest speech contest.

Susan Lamb-Robinson rose above a pool of 672 Toastmasters participants.
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July 14, 2011 - PRLog -- MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO, — Susan Lamb-Robinson, of Mississauga, Ontario, rose above 672 participants to win District 86 level of Toastmasters International Speech Contest, representing western Ontario. Lamb-Robinson has qualified to advance to the semifinal rounds of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking, which will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, this August.

Lamb-Robinson, a member of Lakeview Toastmasters Club, in Mississauga, Ontario, surpassed fierce competition to win the hearts of the audience and judges alike with her speech, “Why is my but so big?” The speech touched on the themes of “regrets, excuses, missed opportunities,” and “that it’s never too late to follow a dream.”  Lamb-Robinson’s dream is to become a professional speaker.  When it comes to connecting with an audience, she said, “Touch their hearts and tickle their funny bones.”

Eighty-two district-level winners from around the world advanced to the semifinal round after a six-month process of elimination through club, area and district speech competitions. Their five-to-seven-minute speeches were judged on content, organization, gestures and style.

“Toastmasters speech contests are another way to build your confidence because you have the opportunity to speak to many different audiences,”says Lamb-Robinson. “I am looking forward to meeting new people and speaking on a much larger stage in Las Vegas!”  Lamb-Robinson is a communications and marketing specialist and part-time professional speaker. She joined Toastmasters to “find my voice and regain my confidence.”

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest is the world’s largest speech contest comprising 30,000 participants in 113 countries. It concludes at the organization’s 2011 International Convention, held Aug. 17-20, in Las Vegas, Nevada, at Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel & Casino. The semifinals take place Aug. 18, where nine finalists will emerge. The nine finalists will compete again two days later, on Aug. 20, for the title of Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking (Twitter: #TI11).

To learn more about Toastmasters’ 2011 International Convention, and obtain a complete schedule of events, including keynote presentations, skill-building seminars and international speech contests, visit www.toastmasters.org/Members/Convention.aspx.

About District 86:
District 86 is one of 82 districts, which comprises more than 190 corporate and community clubs in western Ontario. To learn more about District 86 please visit http://toastmasters86.org.

About Toastmasters:
Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. The organization currently has more than 260,000 members in 12,500-plus clubs in 113 countries. Since its founding in October 1924, the organization has helped more than 4 million men and women give presentations with poise and confidence. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org.

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District 86 includes the eastern coast of Lake Huron in Sarnia, to Sault Saint Marie on Lake Superior, to our northernmost club in Timmins, our eastern clubs in Markham, our southern clubs on Lake Ontario and on Lake Erie. District 86 has 190 clubs.
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