Was it a Contest Or a Celebration?

Posted: September 4, 2010 in Toastmasters
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                                                                                                                                                                                                      4th September 2010

As the blog heading reads, this very question was what I was asking myself as I was returning home after participating for the first time in our Wordsmiths Toastmaster Club’s Humor & Evaluation Contests. 

Two aspects which were embedded in my mind made sure I had no confusions in finding out the correct answer!

One – The trappings we usually associate with a contest – winning is everything, looking at your fellow contestant as a competitor, the envies, the pressure to perform etc etc was all missing. Yes.. it was all missing.. but still it was a contest..a different contest with very different trappings – participating is everything, looking at your fellow contestant as a fellow toastmaster friend rather than a competitor, the joys displacing the envies, the pleasure to perform etc etc.

Two – The audience – All part of the ever encouraging family of toastmasters. Every speaker was applauded, encouraged and egged on whole heartedly to give their best shot. Why I tell this? Because to every speaker – experienced or inexperienced, the response from the audience is an important pointer to help them gauge their speech appeal, quash their nervousness, move their speech forward and especially make them grow stronger in confidence. Thanks to the awesome audience.

Yes..It was not a contest I participated in but a celebration in which I contested. 🙂

Finally, a big thank you from my side to each and every toastmaster (Contest Chair (TM Nina John), Chief Judge (TM Lalitha), Judges, role players & fellow participants – Audience as a whole!)who had contributed for this `Grand Celebration`.

  1. Deepak says:


    Its it. Congrats! Its the best thing about contests. I too felt it the same way last time i got involved in a contest. Having been amidst various races in life,its only in this toastmaster contest I felt the urge to be competitive and co-operative at the same time.

    Life is never going to be the same with this learning. It has made a see change to the way I saw other contests (rat races:)) and I guess you will acknowledge it with your experience too.

    Congrats is too small…Welcome aboard to Level 2 of toastmasters.!

  2. krishnan says:

    Ha ha.. Yes absolutely.. this was a different competition all together and made more sense compared to the rat races 🙂 :).. Another important thing which we missed apart from the ones I listed in the post were the onsite birds of Wordsmiths.. You, Karthikraja & Ananth!! 🙂 🙂

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