Extemporaneous speaking means speaking suddenly, on the spur of the moment, without preparation (“off the cuff”).

Since companies understandably want to hire only accomplished professionals who can definitely deliver value, I’m putting modesty aside and broadcasting this (second) championship* as a marketing tool.

*Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization with more than 280,000 worldwide members who are devoted to actively improving their communication, public speaking and leadership skills.

District 83 is comprised of 160+ Toastmasters Clubs throughout New York’s Staten Island and Rockland County, as well as New Jersey’s Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union and Warren Counties.

District 83 is one of only 90 Toastmasters International Districts in the world.

The extemporaneous speaking contest, called “Table Topics” in Toastmasters, puts finalists on a stage in front of cameras and 200 other speakers and asks a previously unknown question, which the contestant must immediately respond to, for up to two and a half minutes. It’s exhilarating!

Judging is based on a variety of factors relating to content and delivery:

table-topics-judging-criteria

Do you know any person or organization interested in more effective and engaging presentations? If yes, contact me

-Mark Gavagan

P.S. As always, I’m deeply indebted to the many people who have generously mentored and inspired me over the years (you know who you are).

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