The Road to the 2014 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking – OHS026

Toastmasters International branding and logo themed image about AlejAndro competing in the 2014 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

In 2014 AlejAndro beat out over 36,000 other speakers to qualify and compete in the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

I have been a Toastmaster for the past seven years. This week’s podcast will cover my experience, insights, and advice about competing in the 2014 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. So much of this competition is about practicing and writing a great speech. If I had to say, I will say it is more about the writing of the speech. Delivery is key but I feel it is the better written speech that gives a competitor the advantage. I have heard a great speech is not written, it is rewritten.

To get to the Semi-Finals I had to win the previous four competitions at the club, area, division, and district levels. Each one requiring a better speech and delivery while at the same time battling with stronger and stronger competitors. My ultimate goal was to make it to the final round of the top ten. To do so I would have to win my semi-final round. I did not. However, I did learn a lot about speaking, writing, competing, and about myself.

Not making the final round paid off with all that I learned. Plus the experience of competition at that level within the ranks of Toastmasters at the International level was priceless. And did I mention I was able to go to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. After the conference and competition I was able to spend another 16 days in Southeast Asia. I spent 4 days in Melaka, Malaysia where I met really cool people and did amazing things. Then I spoke and taught in Singapore for the next four days. The next five days was on the island of Java in Indonesia. I did three days at Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist Temple and an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here I met a beautiful family who took me in for two days. We had a great time visiting the two small temples related to Borobudur and drinking “Cat-Poo-Cino” or Civet Cat coffee. I then returned to Melaka, Malaysia for another three days to be with my newly founded friends. My trip finished with two days back in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. I have a very good friend who also has one hand and was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur. His friend’s took very good care of me during the competition and his family treated me like one of their own for my last two days in Malaysia. However, these stories I will save for future podcasts. It was one of the greatest trips and experiences of my life. Who knew speaking well could lead to so many great things.

Show Notes:

  • Competing at the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking.
  • Advice of the nature of practicing and writing a speech.
  • What I learned about speaking, storytelling, writing a speech, and about myself.


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