April 10, 2015
9 Westhills members attended the Division J International Speech and Evaluation Contest on Friday, April 10 to cheer on and support our own Jen Smith in the Evaluation Contest. The test speaker, Christina (sorry, I missed her last name) delivered a passionate speech about dementia, which all 7 evaluation contestants were impressed with.
Jen delivered a very positive and helpful evaluation, starting with highlighting two strengths that she saw in the speech and then offering Christina one very helpful recommendation to turn a good speech into a great speech. Congratulations, Jen, on a great evaluation.
Harvey Taphorn, from Literally Speaking Toastmasters club took first place, evaluating Christina's speech using a theme based on the speech title, "Ditch your Brain" Harvey shared with Christina and the audience some parts of her speech that he thought she should "ditch". some parts that left him "itching for more" and some parts that he felt "worked without a hitch". Harvey will represent Division J in the District 42 contest on April 26 at the Spring Convention in Lethbridge. Congratulations, Harvey.
The International Speech Contest winner was Greg Henderson. Area J46 contestant Kelly Kaur, from Speaker's Edge Club, came in 2nd. Congratulations, Kelly.