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Published in: on December 28, 2007 at 11:48 am  Leave a Comment  

Table Topic Speech contest at Stockholm International Toastmasters club

Dear Friends! The photos below are dedicated to the Table Topics Speech Contest at International Toastmasters Club, Stockholm.
To read an exciting account on the event “The best tips for Santa Claus” by Yulia Usova, just visit the “News” page!

Table Topic Speech contest

Table Topic Speech contest

Table Topic Speech contest

Table Topic Speech contest

Topic Speech contest

Topic Speech contest

Published in: on December 28, 2007 at 11:19 am  Comments (2)  

The best tips for Santa Claus

Is he that small fat creature who fries himself in a fireplace on a Christmas eve? Why he is not a woman? Why he wears that old clothes? Is he married? Why he still leaves in Finland ? Does he need a suncream when he goes to the hot countries? Does he have twin brothers? Why he cannot learn a proper way to enter the house? Why he has never got a Nobel Peace Prize ? Does he need a jet instead of rain deers to be on time? Is he working all year around? Does he have the intellectual presents for children? Does he have a working permit and pay taxes? When he has a vacation? Who is Santa?

These and many other not less important issues were risen during the Table Topic Speech contest at Stockholm International Toastmasters club that took place on a cold evening Dec 12 2007.  

Being honored to serve as a judge I was quite intrigued by the procedure of Table Topic contest since we had only regular speech contests. However, there is always something new to learn at Toastmasters.

During the contest all competitors got one and the same topic to elaborate on. Naturally, to make the chances equal, all competitors who haven’t spoken yet had to wait outside the room until they were called in by the President Igor Soloviev who served as a butler.What a tough task – to judge … and count, when you have so many talented and creative speakers! Sometimes, you thought – they knew it! They knew the topic and prepared everything in advance (even Santa’s hat!).

After all competitors have spoken, there was short time for judges to make their verdict. And believe me, there were no those who lost – all members and guests benefited something from the meeting. However, three winners were announced and have got their prizes from the club.

Finally, the wonderful evening ended with pepparkakor and a traditional Swedish Xmas drink – glogg warmed up by the cheering and welcome atmosphere of the meeting.

Do not know what GLOGG is? – immediately email your fellows from Stockholm International Toastmasters and ask for the recipe or … plan a visit to Stockholm (stockholm.info).

Yulia Usova, Immediate Past President Art-Talkers TM Club

Published in: on December 27, 2007 at 5:49 pm  Leave a Comment  


I don’t know exactly whether the contestants slept at night, but that morning all of them were excited and nervous. Why? Because there were five of them and, it goes without saying, each deserved victory. Who are the participants of the contest? Nataliya Govda with her speech “How to feel when to stop playing my role?”, Iryna Zhurakovska – “Unforgettable strangers”, Konstantin Orekhov – “The criteria of truth’, Liliya Khalikova – “Red Riding Hood forever!”, Victor Fursov – “The importance of being earnest”. The ceremony of the competition was traditional for Toastmasters Clubs. The officers’ team thoroughly prepared for the annual contest: agendas were printed, judges were invited, certificates were designed…
The atmosphere in the room was friendly. Members, guests and even judges felt sympathy to the speakers, who showed their creativity, experience in English, vocal variety, body language and not only… Meet the winners: 1st place – Liliya Khalikova, 2nd place – Nataliya Govda. They will defend our Club at All-Ukrainian speech contest in 2008.

Lucy Povaliy, President of the Art-Talkers TM Club

Published in: on December 13, 2007 at 11:53 am  Leave a Comment