A Look at the Toastmasters International Speech Contests

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Bruce Weyhrauch is an experienced attorney in Juneau, Alaska. Alongside his professional responsibilities, Bruce Weyhrauch is involved with Toastmasters International, an organization that provides leadership and communication development and challenges people to become impassioned, motivating speakers.

Toastmasters promotes speech excellence in part through holding competitions throughout the year. In any given year, thousands of people participate in these contests, which are held at the area, division, and district levels. All districts hold an International contest, during which individuals have five to seven minutes to talk about any subject. The contest includes a semifinal and the World Championship of Public Speaking.

Toastmasters members may also compete in the Humorous, Evaluation, Tall Tales, and Table Topics competitions. Humorous speeches must be thematic, with an opening, body, and close, as opposed to a monologue. The Evaluation competition includes a two- or three-minute speech in criticism of a test speech. The Tall Tales competition focuses on improbable and exaggerated topics, while Table Topics involves an impromptu speech on a given subject.


Author: bruceweyhrauch

A respected lawyer, Bruce Weyhrauch has practiced law though his own law office in Juneau, Alaska, for nearly three decades. His regulatory and government affairs-focused practice handles a wide variety of matters, including labor relations and natural resources. Bruce Weyhrauch has held positions with the Juneau Port Authority, the Juneau Economic Development Council, and the City and Borough of Juneau Board of Equalization. An Eagle Scout, Bruce Weyhrauch has served as a Cubmaster, Den Leader, Troop Committee Chair, Scout Unit Charter Representative, and on the Southeast Alaska Council Executive Board. After receiving his BS in natural resource planning and engineering from Humboldt State University, Mr. Weyhrauch matriculated at the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, where he served as the editor-in-chief of Environmental Law. His publications during this period include “Operation Exodus: The United States Government’s Program to Intercept Illegal Export of High Technology” (Computer Law Journal, 1986). Maintaining an active presence in his community, Mr. Weyhrauch serves on the Board of the Foundation for End-of-Life Care, Inc. He has also served as an officer or director on the Board of Directors of the Foundation For End of Life Care, Inc.,Chapel-by-the-Lake, Inc., Rotary International, Juneau Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc, Juneau Economic Development Council, Big Brothers/Big Sisters Board of Directors, and the AWARE Women’s Shelter.

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