By Greg Price
Public speakers from all over southern Alberta will be making their way to Taber for a speech contest hosted by Taber Toastmasters on Saturday.
There will be two different categories to compete in, with humourous and international speeches, where a wide array of topics will be explored, with speeches ranging between five to seven minutes.
“It’s on twice a year. It starts out with every club having a contest. The winners from there go to this event which is coming up which is the area contest. From the area, they go to division, then districts, then they go to the international convention which is held in a different place every year,” said Ian Gillespie, a member of Taber Toastmasters and area director.
The event will serve as a chance for toastmaster clubs cross southern Alberta to showcase the skills they have been using at their regular meetings. Taber Toastmasters is part of District 42 Toastmasters, which stretches between Taber and Calgary, and into southern Saskatchewan. There are six divisions with five clubs in each division. The clubs are separated by geography into areas. Clubs that will be competing in Saturday’s event will be from Lethbridge, Brooks, Medicine Hat and Coaldale.
“Public speaking is one part of it. Another thing it helps you do is build up your confidence. If you are a shy person, it helps you get over that,” said Gillespie, adding there are currently 10 people in the Taber Toastmasters Club.
The event goes this Saturday in the basement of the Knox United Church at 4929 50th Avenue. Gillespie noted registration is at 9:30 a.m. with speeches expected to run until 1 p.m. if people want to watch.