Ever wonder how people learn to tell a funny story that generates guffaws from the audience? Well, some of them start out with the Chippewa Valley Toastmaster Humorous Speech Contest.
The Chippewa Valley Toastmaster Club will hold its complementary “Humorous Speech Contest and Evaluation Contest” this Thursday, August 7 at 7 PM at Globe University. Free to the public!
Here are three reasons you should attend:
1. You will hear speakers at different stages of their learning process and increase your understanding of what it takes to deliver a funny story or anecdote.
2. If you cannot tell the funny stories apart, there is an Evaluation Contest that occurs at the same time and the Evaluators will talk about the speech and their ideas how to make it more effective.
3. If you watch TV and/or play video games, you will lose whatever socialization skills you had when you were a child. If you had none, this Humorous Speech Contest will get you started. Imagine yourself in a room full of people who are critiquing the speakers plus competing among themselves as evaluators. You have never seen so many adults talk to each other in a positive fashion since Dr. Spock was arrested in the 1960s. (If you don’t know, please don’t bother looking it up. It ruins the joke.)
Please consider attending the Humorous Speech Contest.
I’ve pasted the rules below. You can also find out more about the Humorous Speech Contest on the Toastmasters International web site.
Humorous Speech Contest Rules
The Humorous Speech Contest follows all rules outlined in the General Rules section of this rulebook. In addition, the following additions and exceptions apply.
1. The subject for the humorous speech shall be selected by the contestant. The speaker shall avoid potentially objectionable language, anecdotes, and material.
2. The speech must be thematic in nature (opening, body, and close), not a monologue (series of one-liners).