Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Hutt man finalist in World's Biggest Speaking Competition

Top speaker from the Hutt makes it to New Zealand final of the Biggest Speaking Competition in the World

Sean’s Surprising Success

On the 29 March 2014, Sean Au won the Division J Toastmaster International Speaking Competition with a speech titled ‘Keep it Simple’. Sean was judged the best speaker in the region stretching from Newlands in Wellington to Palmerston North, with hundreds of club members between them. On the 11 May 2014, Sean and other finalist from around the country will compete in Christchurch for New Zealand’s best speaker. The national champion will then proceed to the World Final held in Kuala Lumper, Malaysia.

Each speech in the International Speech Competition must contain a meaningful message that has relevance around the globe. Sean’s speech combined humour, personal storytelling and a powerful message in a way that was enchanting, entertaining and inspiring. And all in less than 7 and a half minutes! Sean’s speech touched the heart of listeners with his message of the need to stop and appreciate the simple things of life.

Each year, Toastmasters New Zealand holds four speech contests to find the best Humorist and International Speakers, Impromptu (Tabletopics) Speaker and Speech Evaluator. Over the past year, Sean Au has won all four competitions at club level, at his home club of Petone Toastmasters.

Regardless of the outcome of the national competition, Sean Au is already considered a champion speaker in the Hutt Valley. His dedication to becoming an outstanding speaker has been incredible. Despite his success, Sean speaks humbly of his speaking skills and is quick to encourage other members.

So can a New Zealander do well at the World Champs Speaking Competition? Sure they can. New Zealand’s national champion Kingi Biddle, came 2nd against competitors from 122 countries.

Toastmasters International is a non-profit educational organisation that started in 1924. It has approximately 280,000 members across New Zealand. Its aim is to help people find their voice and develop the confidence to speak up in public.

Additional details of Petone Toastmasters can be found on the club website www.petonetoastmasters.org.nz with a full list of all clubs on

http://www.toastmasters.org.nz.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news