If you attended EVV CON 2022, you saw our webinar contest introduced by keynote speaker Mike Carr, 2020 World Champion of Public Speaking. Although there is no EVV CON 2023 in the works so far (because we’re still trying to work out some issues with Toastmasters rules), you have an opportunity to show off your online speaking skills in a webinar contest coming up on June 12 (register to compete or to attend).

Although the June 12 event will be hosted by Online Presenters Toastmasters, all the competitors will be guest speakers, with OP members playing supporting roles. You’re also welcome to attend a May 8 club contest for Online Presenters club members.

A webinar contest speech is a 5-7 minute speech where you’re challenged to demonstrate your mastery of the online stage and show that you can create engagement with the audience. See my blog post about the ideas behind and the history of the contest.

The webinar contest is not an official Toastmasters contest format, but it is an opportunity for members to demonstrate what they have learned about presenting effectively on an online platform. Other clubs and districts who like the concept may want to put on their own event according to our rules or create their own version.

In the absence of an officially blessed online Toastmasters conference on the EVV CON model, a district might be an ideal venue for competitors from multiple clubs to meet on a level playing field.

I hope to see you as a contestant, judge or attendee at one of these events.

David F. Carr
Chair, EVV CON 2022 and VPE at Online Presenters

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