This past Saturday (Oct. 11), Tania Ferus represented The Newmarket Toastmasters in the Toastmasters Area 14 Humorous Speech Contest. Congratulations to Tania from all the TNT members, you were amazing! The following is a testimony by Tania on her experience competing-
This was my first time competing in the Humorous Speech Contest, and I’m looking forward to doing it again. Apparently I had “the look” before it began – not nervousness, extremely focused. Despite it being the Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, there were a lot more people than I was accustomed to. However the atmosphere was warm and friendly with everyone supporting and encouraging each speaker. It also helped that there were familiar faces in the crowd – Deanna as contest Timer (thanks!), my husband, and several fellow Toastmasters from different clubs that have come to visit and/or mentor TNT in the past.
When my name was called (I spoke second), I took the floor with as much enthusiasm and confidence I could muster. Slightly nervous, I looked at the crowd, smiled and began my speech – a humourous look at what I would do if I won the lottery. And in just over six minutes, it was over and I was returning to my seat. I felt good that I had done my best.
I am honoured to have had the opportunity to compete and place third within a field of amazing and wickedly funny speakers. I wish Lindsay Yaciuk from The Court of Blarney and Kim Chen from TROY all the best as they represent Area 14 at the Division M Contest on October 25th from 9am to 12pm here at the Municipal Offices.
It was a great experience and I’d encourage all TNTers to give it a try next time we have a club contest.
Congratulations Tania, your achievement is an example to us all.