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is the right choice for improving your communication and leadership skills! This is the place to get hands-on, face-to-face suggestions for improvement – in a friendly practice environment. At Toastmasters, you will learn to relax, plan, and present a terrific speech – whether you have ten days to prepare or just ten seconds. In 180+ clubs of District 2 you can learn and practice with people who are there for the same reason you are – to become better communicators with more effective leadership skills. Visit a Toastmasters club, and discover why Toastmasters is the right choice for you!
- District 2 - Trio in TM Convention, Kuala Lumpur
Dananjaya Hettiarachchi rises above 30,000 participants to win world’s largest speech contest - (Source TMI News Release)
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — With a humorous speech titled “I See Something,” a human resource development (HRD) specialist from Colombo, Sri Lanka, won the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking on Saturday, Aug. 23. Hettiarachchi, along with eight other final contestants, reached the championship level after several eliminating rounds that began six months ago with 30,000 participants from 126 countries. Watch Hettiarachchi compete here.
"You always think this moment will never come," said the happy winner, who had entered the contest every year for 10 years, reaching the semifinals four times until finally bringing home the World Championship trophy. His speech was an immediate favorite with the capacity crowd of nearly 3,000 people from around the world who attended the contest in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His winning speech was a personal tale about being a rebellious teenager whose life was changed because mentors took an interest in him, saying "I see something in you… but I don't know what it is."
"Sometimes you have to be lost to be found," said Hettiarachchi, who now is a successful trainer, speech coach and HR consultant for organizations throughout South East Asia.
Hettiarachchi joined Toastmasters 10 years ago and competed in hundreds of speech contests before reaching his goal of earning the title of World Champion of Public Speaking. In his acceptance speech, he said, "Toastmasters saved my life 10 years ago. When I failed my first speech, someone in the back said, 'I see something in you.' Now it's my turn to give back and be a role model for youth in South East Asia."
Contestants delivered five-to seven-minute speeches on wide-ranging topics and were judged on content, organization and delivery.
Hettiarachchi claimed the title of Toastmasters' 2014 World Champion of Public Speaking during the organization's annual convention held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Aug. 20-23.
Second- and third-place winners were KwongYue Yang from Guangzhou, China, with his speech titled "Four Words" and Kelly Sargeant from Missouri City, Texas, with her speech, "Goodbye Wi-Fi."
Fall Conference Open for Registration!!!!
November 15th, 2014
Lynnwood Conference Center Click HERE to Register NOW!!!
If you like to laugh, and want to learn how to make others laugh then this is the conference for you. We are dedicating the whole conference to humor, comedy, and improvisational speaking. Imagine, 12 hours of non-stop laughing and humorous edutainment. The theme for the conference is
Gelotology – Laugh and Learn (from the Greek gelos, meaning laughter) is the study of laughter and its effects on the body, from a psychological and physiological perspective.
Our Keynote SpeakerJUDY CARTERJudy is an author (The Comedy Bible, The Measure of You), speaking coach, and humorist. Her message of using comedy techniques to decrease cubicle stress makes Carter an in-demand speaker for Fortune 500 companies where her keynotes entertain and inspire.
Judy’s been featured on over 100 TV shows, nominated for Atlantic City’s Entertainer of the Year, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show and on CNN
Plus, edutainment sessions on Humor, Comedy and Improvisational speaking. Table Topics Contest, Humorous Speaking Contest, the ever-popular Business Meeting, Live bands, 4 wonderful meals, and a conference center full of fun loving people.
All this for the price of a latte and scone per week.
District 2′s Leadership Trio – 2014-2015
District Governor: Sandy Marshall DTM
- Lt. Governor Education and Training (LGET):Ann DeMarrais DTM
Lt. Governor Marketing (LGM): Todd Cudaback ACS, ALB