By Brian Bezenek, District 32 Chief Judge

‘Tis the time of year when some Toastmasters leaders’ anxiety rises. They fear the question, “Can you help out with a speech contest coming up?” Especially if they have never been involved with contests. What if there was a way to see what to do in the role? 

Contests can be scary if you are unsure of what is happening. But consider this: Being asked to help with a contest is an honor. Someone trusts you to do the job right. Toastmasters is a wonderful organization that teaches skills to other members, and there is a way for you to find out what happens “behind the curtain” at an online speech contest.           

You can learn the skills needed to help in a virtual speech contest at my presentation on Saturday, January 8, 2021 at 9:00 am Alaska Time/10:00 am Pacific Time. This presentation will be a collection of “how to’s” in the Zoom world on the various contest roles: the Timer, Ballot Counters, Judges including the Chief Judge, Contest Chair, and Toastmaster, and last but not least the Sergeant at Arms. You will be able to demystify what you are being asked to do. Join us and get your questions answered. Register Here