Tonight was the first speech contest that I had attended for Year 2010. It was Butterworth Toastmasters Club International Speech and Table Topics Contest. Time: 7:30 pm. Date: Wednesday January 27, 2010. Place: Fire Room, 10th Floor, Suntech. Next to Bayan Baru Sunshine Square.
The total number of contestants was 4 but the high quality of the speeches made up for the low number. I was not a contest judge - just a member of the audience enjoying the performances.
In the International Speech Contest rules, every contestant has to sign the eligibility form that their speech is substantially original. Any material borrowed or any story used from another source must quoted and quoted material must not predominate the speech otherwise it is no longer original anyway.
Glad to say that all the speeches that I heard were based on personal experiences and very original - topics varied from there is no such definition as a failure, avoiding doing things last minute and be wary of your speech and action as the walls have ears and the ceiling has eyes.
For the topic given in Tables Topics, if it is gender biased or if the topic is not clearly constructed, complicated or grammatically incorrect or is not read out clearly, it can be unfair or the contestants may struggle to speak on the topic and hence not bring out their best performances.
But glad to said that the topic given tonight did not had any of these pitfalls. I do not remember the original wordings but that topic given was something along "If you can go back to any age for a week which age would you choose and why?"
The double champion of both contests was WP Lee. Congratulations! All contestants, as they say, are winners too.
It was a celebration for all as WP gave us a treat at postcontest supper at nearby Old Towne. A car load of MEF Toastmasters from Seberang Perai who came for the contest also joined in the fellowship.