Contests are a great way to challenge yourself and practice your skills. RSTM’s spring contests will be held on the evening of March 11:
- The International Speech Contest. At this contest, each contestant presents an original 5- to 7-minute speech on the subject of their choice (similar to a Competent Communication manual speech). The speech must be held in English.
To be eligible, you must be a member and you must have completed at least six speeches from the Competent Communication manual prior to the club contest.
The International Speech Contest is judged according to this ballot.
- The Evaluation Contest. For this contest, everyone listens to an example speech. Then each all evalutation contest participants leave the room. They return one at a time and perform an evaluation of that speech. This is all done in English.
To be eligible, you must be a member of SITM.
The Evaluation Contest is judged according to this ballot.
The winner of each contest will advance to the Area G1 contest. The area contest winner advances to the Division G contest in Malmö. The division winner advances to the District 59 contest in Antwerp…. Onward and upward!
You can enter both contests, or take a role at the meeting, participate in the judging, or simply attend the meeting and be part of the excitement.
The meeting roles
- Contest participants. Participants can get credit in their manuals. If you want credit, you must arrange to have your presentation evaluated in writing after the contest. (No normal evaluations are presented during the contest meeting.)
- Contest Chair. The Contest Chair is the person who plans the contest. That person can get credit for Project 6 in their Competent Leadership manual: Organization and Delegation (Organize Club Speech Contest).
- Contest Master. The Contest Master is like the Toastmaster of the Evening. The Contest Master explains how each contest will be held, how judging will be done (how the ballots are to be filled in), who will count the ballots, etc. He explains the agenda, introduces the Timer, and the contestants, and so on. (Written instructions are available.) A member with this role can get credit for Project 8 in their Competent Leadership manual: Motivation (Contest Chair), or for Project 10: Team Building (Club Speech Contest Chair).
- Timer. The Timer’s role is very important at a contest meeting, because contestants are disqualified if they go too far over or under the allotted time. The Timer can get credit in the Competent Leadership manual.
More information about contests is available here (scroll to the bottom of the page there).
To sign up for a contest or for a role at the contest meeting, sign up as usual on EasySpeak, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.