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posted Friday, September 12 2014 - Volume 42 Issue 37
Freely Speaking Toastmasters comes out in laughter - you're invited!
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Freely Speaking Toastmasters comes out in laughter - you're invited!

by Barbara Sehr - Special to the SGN

In a world where public speaking is feared more than death itself, a gallant band of orators is preparing for still another championship season at Freely Speaking Toastmasters. In an organization tied together in the spirit of Ralph Smedley and Harvey Milk, orators are encouraged to come out funny and carry a five-to-seven-minute yarn.

The annual fall club competition on Monday, September 15, at 7 p.m. will bring not only the typical comic relief, but intimate guffaws at the LGBT life. Freely Speaking Toastmasters, which meets at Fred Lind Manor (1802 17th Ave.) on Capitol Hill every Monday night, is a rare LGBT outpost in the huge Toastmasters International community. For more than 25 years, the club has distinguished itself by preparing the once-timid to open their vocal chords to tempered speech, grounded in organization, built on strong words and dipped in vocal variety. In the end, contestants rise to at least the periphery of oration.

To paraphrase the dream of Toastmasters International Founder Ralph Smedley nearly a century ago:

'Gather ye huddled masses yearning to speak freely,
The timid refuse of years of isolation.
Send these, the apprehensive would-be orators,
I lift my golden tongue to set them free!'


The winning competitor Monday goes on to the Area competition to go up against speakers from other downtown-area clubs. Ultimately, Freely Speaking winners can move on to the Division and District level. There is a long tradition of speaking excellence at Freely Speaking Toastmasters. I know; I literally came out to the District 2 Toastmasters world through a humorous speech that made me a runner-up in the 2005 District finals. This year, as master of ceremonies for the contest, I will be mastering the fresh, young toasties - some approaching competition for the first time.

When was the last time you opened yourself to competitive speaking? Come. Get a taste of what it's like this Monday. Not only will you see well-crafted speeches, but a similar competition in 'Table Topics.' The latter is a two-minute test of spontaneous speech - something required by almost everyone who gathers with other humans. Contestants have up to two minutes to serve up an answer to an on-the-spot question. Table Topics is the ultimate response criterion for assembling thoughts. Sometimes, it is another opportunity to generate laughter.

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