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About Mark Brown: 1995 World Champion of Public Speaking

Mark Brown World Champion of Public SpeakingMark Brown

Mark Brown during a National Speakers Association Interview with Diane Bogino. (5:26 minutes)

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District 26 Toastmasters 2014 Spring Conference with Mark Brown!

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District 26 Toastmasters
2014 Spring Conference
is just around the corner!
May 16 & 17, 2014
Make Plans to attend now!

Early Bird Registration Coming Soon!

Keynote Speaker:
Mark Brown
1995 World Champion of Public Speaking

Mark Brown World Champion of Public Speaking“Mark Brown’s purpose is threefold: to touch your head and make you think, to touch your heart and make you feel, to touch your hands and make you act.”

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I Felt Bad About my Speaking

by Judi LaPoint

Judi LaPoint

When I joined Toastmaster in June, 2010, I would have to say I felt bad about my speaking.  It wasn’t that I was afraid to speak in public – it was that I didn’t have the confidence that HOW I said, what I said  -would have the impact I intended to have on my audience!

I joined Toastmasters to give me the confidence to be an effective speaker. I had no intention, desire or inclination to be a humorous speaker – that was completely outside the realm of how I ever saw myself!

But in August of 2010 we started talking about the upcoming humorous speaking contest. My palms started to sweat, my respiration increased and I got a bit queasy in my stomach. All signs to back away. I thought  to myself, I could be a judge – or a timer.

Then I thought , “Well, wait a second. I am here to learn to stretch myself in uncomfortable situations. I am not here to hide – I am here to grow!” So I tentatively raised my hand and volunteered to be a speaker! It was horrifying – but I had done it!

A week went by with almost no sleep – tossing and turning – what was I going to talk about? How was I going to make it funny? What on earth was I thinking! I wonder if I could get out of it.  Could I call in sick? Should I just quit?

Nope. I was going to do it – even if I fell flat on my face! I finally hit upon the idea of aging. While it isn’t all that funny to me, some aspects of it make me want to laugh – otherwise I’d cry! I’d read some REALLY funny things on aging. One of the funniest was Nora Ephron’s book “I Feel Bad About My Neck!”

That book spoke to me. Nora and I were like sisters our stories were so alike. That’s when I decided I would do a take-off on Nora’s and my story! I crafted my speech – it was too long. Oh what to cut? I finally got it down to seven minutes!

I presented it to my husband. He said, “That’s’ very good!” But I could tell he “didn’t get it!” So I modified it to add a way to include men. Then I gave it at a small dinner party. That was the worst! There was small polite twitters of laughter – nothing uproarious that would be needed to win a contest. I modified it again.

When I got to the first contest imagine my delight when most of the judges were women about my age! They knew exactly what I was going through – we’re ALL going through it. The younger women just haven’t learned that they need to appreciate their necks now, while they still can.

Well, the rest is history. After two more contests and more fine tuning, with the help from fellow toastmasters, friends and complete strangers, I finally had a speech that was worthy of the Toastmaster’s District 26 Humorous Speech Contest! Yes. I won it!

From believing I would rather call in sick, or quit to winning the District Champion! I challenged myself, got out from under the fear and stretched my wings. I didn’t just fly, I soared! It was and still is an amazing feeling.

I urge you to stretch your wings and soar! You’ll be glad you did!

Toastmasters Leadership Institute: Denver Winter 2011

Come one, come all

to the Toastmaster Leadership Institute!


In addition to club officer training, there’s an opportunity to attend informative educational sessions and network with other Toastmasters.

Best of all, it’s free to all Toastmasters—whether or not you’re an officer.

Date: Saturday, January 8, 2011

Time: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Red Rocks Community College

13300 West Sixth Avenue

Lakewood, CO


Click here for program details

Click here for agenda


TLI Coordinators:

  • Jennifer Zerba, lgm1011@d26leaders.org
  • Norm Frickey, lget1011@d26leaders.org

Directions from West 6th Avenue

Driving west on 6th Avenue take Simms/Union Exist

  • L (South) on Union over 6th Avenue
  • R (West) on 4th Avenue
  • R (North) on Van Gordon … turns into 6th Ave Service Rd (West)
  • Proceed West on 6th Ave. Svc Rd to Arbutus
  • L (South) on Arbutus to college .. best parking is South Lot

Driving East or West on 6th Avenue take Indiana Exit

  • L/R (South) on Indiana to 6th Ave Svc Rd
  • L (East) on 6th Avenue Svc Road
  • East on 6th Avenue Svc Road to Arbutus
  • R (South) on Arbutus .. to college …best parking is South Lot


District 26 Fall 2010 Humorous Speech Winner…

On Saturday, November 13, the District 26 Fall Humorous Speech Contest was held at the Embassy Suites at Havanna and I-70 in Denver.

The anticipation was high as all of the clubs got out of the District Business Meeting around 5:00.  The contestants were briefed and order of speaking was selected as Toastmaster Gina Curley opened the contest.

Speakers included Mary Schmiechen (Confessions of the Grammarholic), Tyler Withrow (Anthropomorphism), Sherman Wiseman (The Business Trip), Datta Groover (My Awkward Years), Pamela Hertzog (Fun Family Memories), and Judi LaPoint (I Feel Badly About My Neck).

We  were all trying our best to determine who the judges would pick out of these accomplished speakers.

  1. Would it be Mary with her snazzy powerpoint and fun use of words, including a monologue showing the deficiencies of spell check?
  2. Maybe it would be Tyler and his plea to stop attributing human attributes to objects and animals.  He’s pretty sure the instance of humans being eaten by tigers has gone up since Tony the Tiger became the spokesperson for Corn Flakes because they’re Greeaatt!
  3. Or was it Sherman describing a business trip in which Liz had him power-walking all over town with vocals and acting throughout his speech?
  4. Could it be Data as he described the agonies of going through highschool, going to the all girls home economics class by mistake (with his zipper down), or maybe his first date in which misses the hint to sit in the back seat?
  5. Perhaps Pamela as she relives that fateful family vacation to Disney World where she ends with the spoonerism “You Slied to me!”
  6. Or was it Judi with her story regarding the effects of aging with regards to our necks and how we deal with it through compensatory dressing?

After some intense moments while the Judges deliberated, the results were in…

First Place – Judi LaPoint

Second Place – Tyler Withrow

Third Place – Pamela Herzog

With further anticipation, the speeches will hopefully be posted by District 26 for your listening pleasure!  (I saw a videographer…)  As Tyler the Tiger said…

They’re Greeaatt!