The Toastmasters General club recently hosted an International and Table Topics speech contest where participants gave an impromptu or prepared speech.

The table topics theme was picked by the contest chair and given to participants immediately prior to their scheduled time to give a one to two-minute speech. Those who participated in the international speech challenge gave a five to seven-minute speech, which they were able to prepare in advance. Participants were required to complete at least six speeches from the Competent Communication manual prior to the contest.

MGHers who participated in the contests were, from left, Toshi Oki, International Speech contestant; Laura Ciccone, Table Topics contestant; Sivia Malloy, contest chair; Melissa DeJesus, International Speech contestant; and Belinda Phelps, Table Topics contestant.

Toastmasters General was charted by Toastmasters International in November 2014. It is a community club and the group welcomes anyone over the age of 18 who is interested in becoming a stronger communicator and leader to join. The group meets the first and third Wednesday of every month, 5:30-6:30 pm. New members may join at anytime. Visit for more information.

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