Area contest – 10th October 2017

by Michelle Sabatini

What an evening!

Not only the clubs of Area 4 met and competed but also Area 2 joined the evening!

The result was 8 distinct contests during a single, very intense, evening that brought together around 50 members from 7 different clubs!

Margherita Brodbeck Roth and Daniela Ivanovovà chaired the evening with enormous professionalism. The positive energy they invested to organize and manage the evening were highly inspirational.

Margherita guided us through the humorous speech contest in English (one for A4 and one for A2), German and Italian. Daniela challenged the Table Topic Contestants of the 4 contests with 4 different questions:

  • If you were a superhero, which super power you would like to have? (English Contest A4)
  • What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses? (German Contest A4)
  • Where would you like to live if you had to leave this country? (English Contest A2)
  • Statistics says that 6-years-old laugh 300 times a day. Adults laugh 15 times. Why do kids laugh more than adults do? (German Contest A2).

The evening was not only a lot fun but also most rewarding for the contestants who were cheered and supported by the audience. The incredibly welcoming atmosphere helped the contestants to lose or rather control their nervousness and thus to excel in their performances.

Now, we are looking forward to the next step: the Division Contest.

From our Zuriberg club, Stefano, Hicham and Michelle will compete in the humorous speech contests (English and Italian) and the Table Topics Contest (English).

The Division Contest will take place on Saturday, 4th November in the Hallenstadium Zurich. From 12 to 17 o’clock.

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Zuriberg club contest: Humorous Speech & Table Topics. September 2017

By Mark Cannell 

With Autumn well underway and the darker nights creeping in, what better way to keep up the mood than with a club contest. And boy what a contest it was. On Tuesday 26th September at the usual location at Blue Monkey in Niederdorf, Zuriberg Toastmasters club held their Humorous and Table Topics Speech contest in English.

The evening began with the Humorous Speech competition and all five participants did a highly commendable job with much applause and uproarious laughter from the audience. For some it was their first time conducting their humorous speech, whilst others were veterans, but all succeeded in entertaining the audience. Margherita Brodbeck Roth was the contest chair and did an excellent job at guiding us through the evening. Well done to Hicham Adamou coming in first place, Stefano Ortelli coming in second and Michelle Sabatini in third.

After the dinner break, with the audience and participants energised,  the laughter continued with an amusing Table Topics session, again with five participants. The topic of the evening was “Young people can’t wait to get older; while older people wish they were younger. What do you think is the ideal age?With an eclectic mix of answers, the participants all managed to provide a breadth of answers with the common theme of “Now” being the ideal. We’d like to congratulate Nicola von Lutterotti on coming in first position, Michelle Sabatini coming in second position and Margherita Brodbeck Roth in third position. The top two participants will continue to the area contest. Mark Cannell was the contest chair for the Table Topics

Participants and winners are: 

Table Topics:

  • Nicola von Lutterotti (1st place)
  • Michelle Sabatini (2nd place)
  • Margherita Brodbeck Roth (3rd place)
  • Kyle P Bullus 
  • Stefano Ortelli

Humorous Speech English:

  • Hicham Adamou (1st place)
  • Stefano Ortelli (2nd place)
  • Michelle Sabatini (3rd place)
  • Sonja Bonin
  • Kyle P Bullus 

Additionally, we had an entertaining performance from Stefano Ortelli performing his Humorous speech in Italian, preparing himself for the next stage. Him and Michelle Sabatini will contend in the Italian Humorous speech competition at the area level.

A big thank you to all the participants, judges, functionary role holders and all who attended.

In two weeks’ time we look forward to hosting the area contest (Tuesday October 10th, Blue Monkey, Zurich) and wish all contestants the best of luck. We look forward to seeing you there for another exciting and enjoyable evening. Please check on easySpeak for more details

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Let’s toast to a welcome back from our summer break

by Margherita Brodbeck Roth 

After a long and for most of us relaxing summer break we have resumed our regular sessions on Ferragosto.  The day goes back to the “feriae Augusti”, celebrated across the Roman empire to remember the victory of the first roman emperor Augustos over Marcus Antonius and Cleopatra. With Chrisitanity it became the day when Catholics celebrate Assumption day and in today’s Italy it is when the large companies and government office go on holiday – and all stands still..  

We are different, to us it has been the day of return, to enjoy each other’s company, to welcome guests and to enjoy two fantastic speeches and a very original table topic setting. Our grammarian kicked us into dhspr when sharing the word of the day, – haughty (arrogantly superior or disdainful) with its remote origin in the Latin “altus” or high. An high we went and grabbed for the stars. 

After a first speech asking for more, Lesley Stephenson stood up to the challenge of holding an impromptu stalk on a meaningful but also controversial topic. In “What we can do to revert global warming” we learned so much stretching from the slightly amusing – stop drinking alcohol because we happen to generate heat in the course of it –, to the more serious aspects of the matter. She truly not only enlightened but also entertained us. Moreover, she graciously shared some valuable suggestions on how to succeed at public speaking.  

  • Do not panic.  
  • Keep a file to write down ideas when they come to your mind.  
  • Speak about a topic you care about. 
  • Share your emotions. 
  • Converse with the audience. 

Did you ever give a second thought to what a fortune cookie tells you? Table Topics were all about luck. The quotes and words of wisdom on the slips of paper placed inside the hollow part of the cookies participants drew, provided the backdrop to some of the funnies short speeches we ever witnessed in our club.  

Don’t miss anything and join. Expect everything from science to comedy and most importantly the opportunity to hone your speaking skills in a safe environment with fellow Toastmasters supporting you on your journey to become a master speaker. 

Our upcoming meetings are all taking place at the Blue Monkey in Zurich’s Old Town. 

29-Aug-2017     Speeches, Table Topics
12-Sep-2017      Table Topics marathon
26-Sep-2017     Club contest: Humorous speeches in English or Italian, Table Topics in English
10-Oct-2017     Area 4 Contest hosted by TM Zuriberg: Humorous speeches in English, Italian or German

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Division E Evaluation and International Speech Contests

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A lot of new members

At the beginning of this year we had a lot of new members, and most probably a few more will join in the next weeks.

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