MASTER SPEAKER: Marilyn Freeman.
MASTER SPEAKER: Marilyn Freeman. Contributed

Marilyn's Toastmasters success already speaks volumes

THE Sunshine Coast's Marilyn Freeman doesn't need to talk herself up: she's a fine speaker.

She outshone contestants representing more than 180 local Toastmasters clubs to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest.

Marilyn now advances to the semi-final rounds of the contest, vying for one of 10 spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking to be held at the Toastmasters International Convention on Friday, August 25, in Vancouver, Canada.

Marilyn, a member of Mercury's Motivators ( mercurysmotivators) faced fierce competition to win over the judges with her speech, Life on the Run.

The speech touched on the stresses of today's world and how to stay sane. When it comes to connecting with an audience, she said, "The key is to be authentic and have a storyline that is both relatable and entertaining.”

Marilyn will compete with 101 other winners from districts around the world who advanced to the 2017 semi-final round after a six-month process of elimination through club, area, division and district speech competitions. Their five- to seven-minute speeches were judged on content, organisation, gestures and style.

"Toastmasters speech contests are another way to build your confidence, sharpen your skills and speak to many different audiences,” Marilyn said.

"I'm looking forward to challenging myself by competing in front of a much bigger audience in Vancouver.”

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