3rd Place Trophy at District 45 INTERNATIONAL SPEECH Contest

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INTERNATIONAL SPEECH & TABLE TOPICS ™ Contests
District 45 Spring Conference 2015

May 15-17, 2015
Radisson Hotel
Manchester, New Hampshire, US

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Two speaking-contests were conducted by
District 45 of Toastmasters International.
The District comprises
all of Vermont, New Hampshire, & Maine in the US, and
all of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, & Nova Scotia in Canada.

 

INTERNATIONAL SPEECH Contest

Saturday, May 16, 2015
I won 3rd Place for my speech,
Good Enough for Greatness.

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This contest was an intensely-close race – with no less than 5 of us contestants really bringing our “A”-game, and the rest very close behind. Wow! Indeed, the Top 3 sequence could have gone in any order – and many people who came up to me afterward were thinking that I was the one who won (until the results were announced). All of the speeches were so well done.

Toastmasters - District 45 - International Speech - 3rd Place - Mark Henkel - 2015-05-16 - Certificate

The biggest – and most important! – “prize” for me was sum of the numerous people who came up afterward with tears, hugs, and gratitude for my sharing such a moving speech. That truly blessed me in a way that I shall not forget. I am the one who is grateful to have been able to have that effect for them.

For my first run up to the District level, I had achieved my goal for this year – i.e., to place at District. I am quite happy and honored to be in the same Top 3 with my two good friends who placed 1st and 2nd.

1st place: Joe Grondin (center-left) – 2nd place: Dan Bell (center-right).
Standing on the far right is District Governor, Patricia MacNevin.

Mark Henkel (3rd) - Joe Grondin (1st) - Dan Bell (2nd) - Patricia MacNevin (District Governor) - District 45 Spring Conference - May 15-17 2015 - 1000x750

 

TABLE TOPICS ™ (speech) Contest

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Although I competed and did quite well, I did not place in the District 45 Table Topics ™ contest.

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The Table Topics ™ question presumed that every contestant shared a common childhood experience. Not directly having that personal experience in my own life, I still found a fun and creative way to answer it with an off-the-cuff mini-speech. The question asked,
What childhood toy did you want that you never received?

The Table Topics ™ contest was truly fun, and the other contestants gave some fantastic replies!

Overall, it was both an honor and an amazingly fun & educational experience to have been able to compete at this District-level in both the International Speech and the Table Topics ™ contests. Yes this was a blast of a fun time indeed!

 

Two 1st Place Trophies at Division Spring Contests

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INTERNATIONAL SPEECH & TABLE TOPICS ™ Contests
Division B, District 45

May 2, 2015
Rockport Opera House
Rockport Maine, US

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Two speaking-contests were conducted by
Division B, of District 45, of Toastmasters International.
This Division comprises all of Maine and part of coastal southern New Hampshire.

 

INTERNATIONAL SPEECH Contest

I won 1st Place for my speech.
(Until I stop competing with this speech, I will not be publicly posting the title yet.)
2nd place: Steve Breault (left) – 3rd place: Mike Harris (right)

Mark Henkel - 1st Place - INTERNATIONAL SPEECH Contest - Division B District 45 - 2015-05-02 - 1000x562

 

TABLE TOPICS ™ (speech) Contest

I won 1st Place for the Table Topics ™ off-the-cuff speech I gave in response to the impromptu question: How do you build trust?
2nd place: Mary Hann (right) – 3rd place: Lesley Bechtold (left)

Mark Henkel - 1st Place - TABLE TOPICS Contest - Division B District 45 - 2015-05-02 - 1000x562

 

My specific goal has been all about the INTERNATIONAL SPEECH Contest, to at least get past the Division level. Having now achieved that goal, that moves me up to the next level: competing at the District 45 Spring Conference in two weeks, on May 15-17, 2015, in Manchester, New Hampshire.

That means that I now have the high honor to be competing on the same stage as my mentor, 4-time District 45 INTERNATIONAL SPEECH Contest winner, Joe Grondin. Whether I win or he wins this next contest, this is going to be so much fun!

Two 2nd Place Trophies at Division Fall Contests

2nd Place Trophies for both Div B Fall Contests 2014

HUMOROUS SPEECH & EVALUATION Contests
Division B, District 45

October 4, 2014
Rockport Opera House
Rockport Maine, US

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Two speaking-contests were conducted by
Division B, of District 45, of Toastmasters International.
This Division comprises all of Maine and part of coastal southern New Hampshire.

 

HUMOROUS SPEECH Contest

I won 2nd Place for my speech titled,
How Do You Spell That?

It was fun enlisting the audience to ask the title-question out loud throughout the speech.
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EVALUATION (speech) Contest

I won 2nd Place for the Evalution I had presented off-the-cuff for a target-speech (which all contestants observed and evaluated).

 

My own specific goals for these two contests were mostly centered as being preparation for the INTERNATIONAL SPEECH Contest coming in the Spring 2015. As I will not be able to attend the District 45 Fall Conference on October 24-26, 2014, in Prince Edward Island, Canada, I am perfectly fine with finishing with 2nd Place here.

Although I am certainly not complaining, I will admit that it is not easy to hold two trophies and two certificates at the same time!

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This was fun!