Manitoba Man to Compete in Calgary's World Championship of Public Speaking

    RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Aug. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It is
the World Cup of public speaking, the Olympics of oratory. On Saturday
morning, August 16, 10 articulate Toastmasters will vie for the title of World
Champion of Public Speaking at the TELUS Convention Centre in Calgary, Alberta
Canada. The speech contest is one of the highlights of Toastmasters' annual
International Convention (Aug. 13-16), which is expected to draw nearly 1,500
Toastmasters from all over the world.

    Each year more than 10,000 members of Toastmasters International compete
in this speech contest. The competition begins at the club level with winners
advancing to area and regional contests, and it culminates each August during
the International Convention where 10 finalists contend for the top honor.

    The contest speeches are five to seven minutes long, with no restrictions
on topic selection. Contestants will be judged on content, speech
organization, voice quality, gestures and delivery. Martin Presse, a systems
analyst from Wetaskiwin, Manitoba, will be one of the contestants.

    Last year's World Champion of Public Speaking title went to Vikas
Jhingran, an MIT doctoral student from India. Jhingran will be one of the
presenters at the educational sessions following the contest.

    Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters International has
helped more than four million people develop their public speaking skills
since the organization's humble beginning in Santa Ana, Calif., in 1924. This
year, Toastmasters International celebrates its 84th anniversary with more
than 230,000 members and 11,700 clubs in 92 countries, including 68 clubs in
Calgary alone.

    For more information about Toastmasters International and the World
Championship of Public Speaking, visit or email


For further information:

For further information: Suzanne Frey of Toastmasters International,
+1-949-246-4237, +1-403-717-1237,

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