During October 2021, Achievers Club #2903 in Caribbean District 81 celebrated Toastmasters 97th anniversary by hosting an Impromptu Speaking Extravaganza (a.k.a. Table Topics on Steroids).
This worldwide competition was open to all past and present Table Topics District Champions from Districts 1 through 121.
As the 2021 Table Topics winner for District 62, Matthew credits his home club, Cherry Capitol Toastmasters, for pooling their talents to coach and mentor him, helping him acquire the skills he needed to advance.
“When I began the latter stages in the competition, I reached out to my club for help preparing. With one voice they all said, ‘absolutely’. They set aside the regular meetings for two weeks to have mock debates, which was the format of the Extravaganza competition.
I try to encourage members to compete in the contests each year. At the club level we work on the basic elements of public speaking, impromptu speaking, and evaluation skills. By participating in contests, we hone those skills further and polish them to a gloss.
I applaud the tireless efforts of members at every level to organize and present these
contests. I feel a great debt to them as I could not have achieved this level had it not been for those in District 62 that sacrificed to make this all possible.
Congratulations on your outstanding achievement, Matthew!