PUBLIC speaking could take Sam Walsham to Chicago if he wins a district Toastmasters event next month.
The Currambine Toastmasters member recently won the northern division final, earning a spot in the District 17 Convention at the Rendezvous Hotel in Scarborough from May 25 to 27.
“Winning the division final was a massive challenge, with a number of incredible speakers also at the event,” Mr Walsham said.
“You learn every time you speak, and while competitions are a completely optional part of Toastmasters, I find them extremely useful environments to learn.
“While I’ve qualified for the district final before, this is my first time qualifying in the ‘top spot’ and heading into the event as a winner of the previous round.
“I’m hoping to keep that momentum and will work hard on both the content of the speech and myself as a speaker to ensure I have the best chance of delivering a district-winning speech.”
Mr Walsham has qualified for the district event three years in a row and hoped to build on his previous success.
The district final winner will travel to Chicago in the US to compete in the regional competition and ultimately World Championships of Public Speaking.
Currambine Toastmasters meets at the Currambine Community Centre from 7pm to 9pm on the first and third Wednesday of each month.
The group recently farewelled member Daniel Roberts, who has gone to China to teach English.
“Toastmasters has helped me build confidence through speaking and listening, which will be a huge part of my new job,” he said.
For more information, visit https://currambine.toastmastersclubs.org/