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Mississauga Resident Patricia Williams takes Toastmasters Humorous Speech Title!
From new member of Region of Peel Toastmasters to the funniest member in District 86 Toastmasters in just 6 months, credits Toastmasters.
By: District 86 Toastmasters
District 86 Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest Winner, first time contest competitor and sixth month Toastmaster Patricia Williams from the Region of Peel Toastmasters in Brampton seized first place at the District Contest. Over a thousand Toastmasters competed in club, area and divisions contest over 3 months. Patricia presented a humorous speech 5 - 7 minutes in length, that was thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners) about how single people are viewed.
Why and when did you join Toastmasters?
P: As a new employee at the Region of Peel earlier this year, I was looking for a way to get involved at work. I discovered that the office had a Toastmasters club, and decided to check it out. After attending one meeting, I knew that this was something I wanted to be a part of and I became a member.
Why did you enter the contests?
P: I did a speech at my club, and was approached by members afterwards who told me that I needed to enter the Humourous Speech Contest. I told them that they were crazy and I was absolutely not going to do that – I had only been a member for a few months, there was no way I was ready for such a thing! My club members continued to push me, and finally I decided to go for it – knowing that I had nothing to lose.
Explain your contest experience at each level.
P: The most amazing part of advancing to each level was that I had more and more support behind me each time. The further I moved on, the more clubs I was representing. I had so many people giving me advice and rooting for me that it allowed me to really believe that I could actually win this whole competition.
What did it mean to you to win the contest?
P: I really can't describe the feeling of hearing my name announced as the winner, it felt like a dream – it still does. The crowd roared and my mentors cried, and it was a really special moment. I wish I could have taken a lot of people up on that stage with me – this truly was a team effort. More than anything, I was doing this for my club. The Region of Peel Toastmasters club has believed in me since day 1. I wanted to repay my club for being so supportive, and what better way than to bring the Humourous Speech Contest trophy home – and to be the first to do so from the Region of Peel is such an honour. My parents have always supported whatever endeavours I've embarked on, and knowing how proud my parents were was a motivating factor for me; I was so excited to give them the news that I had won. I also had mentors from outside of my club who saw promise in me and reached out, and without whom I could not have done this. There were a lot of happy tears when this was all over, and it just goes to show how many people had a hand in this victory.
How has Toastmasters helped you?
P: Toastmasters is such an incredible organization for furthering your self-development. I was just looking for a way to meet new people, but my confidence has skyrocketed thanks to this club. I have been approached with speaking opportunities at my workplace, and through other Toastmasters clubs. I feel that I am better prepared for meetings and interviews, and my experiences in this club will lead me to excel in the workplace. I have experienced so much in my short time with the organization, and I am so excited to see where Toastmasters will continue to take me!
Congratulations Patricia from all of us at District 86! Thank you for taking on the contests, making us laugh and sharing with us the advantages of Toastmasters.
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About Toastmasters District 86
Toastmasters District 86 represents the heartland of Ontario comprising of 235 community and corporate clubs, with over 5,000 members, from Sault Ste Marie in the north to Welland in the south, from Sarnia in the west to Markham in the east - and all communities in between - except Toronto. To learn more about District 86 please visit: http://toastmasters86.org/
About Toastmasters International
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Dennis Bartel - Public Relations Manager
District 86 Toastmasters 2016 - 2017