March 11, 2006

First Place!

I won first place at my Toastmaster's contest this morning! The competition was tough...I think. I didn't actually get to see anyone else compete. There were 5 contestants and we drew numbers for contest order. I was chosen last. The advantage of going first is that you get to watch everyone else's speech. But since Table Topics are very short I didn't have to wait long. Instead I stood back with the other contestants and while they told each other bad Irish jokes, I listened to my iPod. Someone said, "Oh, does that calm you?" and I said "Um, yeah." When in fact I was listening to Pink's "Get The Party Started." I didn't need to be calmed, I needed to get PUMPED!

When it was my turn I did indeed get a lame question. The question was, "What is your most significant contribution to society?" Oh come ON! In 2-3 seconds you expect me to select what my most significant contribution to society is, and then talk about it? My mind raced. And then I just started talking. I started with the declaration, "I have a heart condition." I think the members of my own club are getting really sick about hearing about my heart condition, considering this is the fourth time I've started something with, "I have a heart condition." But hey, whatever works, right? I then quickly moved on to an extremely brief explanation of my ICD and what that is. Then I talked about how when I first got my ICD I felt lonely and scared and so I reached out for help on the Internet. I joined an internet group and got a tremendous amount of support. Then, all of a sudden, I found myself in the position of giving support to others. I help ease their anxiety and answer questions about their ICDs. Being able to be there for others in my situation is my most significant contribution to society.


Our club Vice President came over during the break and said "you're definitely going home with a trophy" (there were two--winner and runner up). As it turns out--he was right! I got the top honors. I'll post pictures of the trophy but it needs a minor modification. On top it has a man standing at a lectern, and obviously I am not a man, so I can take it back to the trophy place (which, as it turns out, is quite close) to have it swapped out for a woman. Once that's done, I'll take pictures and post them here.

There was also the International Speech Competition, which I was not eligible for because you have to have given 6 speeches. I'm proud to say that Club 192's very own John Kosczki won runner up! His speech on how to give a eulogy, "A Few Kind Words" was fabulous and his trophy was well-earned!

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Posted by Shelby at March 11, 2006 03:17 PM

Rock on, Shelby! Congratulations!

Posted by: Annastazia at March 11, 2006 04:28 PM

Way to go! You've definitely found something for yourself here, and quite a talent as well.

Posted by: Erik at March 12, 2006 04:45 AM

Hi Shelby,
Congratulations on your Table Topics win! I am cheering for you to go all the way to District . . . and win there too! I plan to be in the audience on the 29th to celebrate with you! Too bad you weren't yet eligible for the speech part - you would be great . . . and when you arrive at the manuals with storytelling projects - WOW!
Nell told me because I was telling her of my contact with the contest. Our first area competition was supposed to 2 weeks ago this Thursday. I'm not a Table Topics natural - like you. They wanted me to try the speech . . .but I like you hadn't put in enough speeches - only 4. Then our competition was postponed until this Thursday evening - I was already on the schedule for last week . . . and with this week they figured - okay I would have the 6. I can't be there for the next round which is this Saturday when I will be hiking in the desert (barring rain! or a weapons test!) - so things are kind of up in the air right now. I may still be the candidate for this Thursday evening's competition. We will see what happens this Thursday at our regular meeting.
I will keep you posted . . . and let me know how it goes on your path!
I wonder if we can convince your parents to do this too. It is great fun -isn't it?

Mary P.

Posted by: M4RY PAPAVASILIOU at March 20, 2006 10:15 PM
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