On October 28, $35,000 and 13 trophies will be up for grabs as Jamaicans from all walks of life compete in the 'Toastmasters 101 - Speak Without Crutches' contest for non-Toastmasters.
The aim of this contest is to encourage public speaking with very little, if any, reliance on crutch words and sounds such as 'am', 'er', 'you know' and 'well', in addition to long pauses.
Eligibility requirements and the entry form are available at www.T81B.org. Entry is free and closes on October 20.
The contest forms part of the 88th anniversary celebrations of Toastmasters International, which will also feature a display of public speaking and showcasing of meeting leadership skills at 6 p.m. next Monday at the St Andrew High School hall on Cecelio Avenue, Kingston 10. All persons 16 years and older are invited.
Toastmasters has advised that for guaranteed seating, persons should make reservation at www.T81B.org/Reserve.