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Humorous speaking contest is no laughing matter

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- The competition was cooking this weekend at Wilmington Toastmasters' Humorous Speaking and Evaluation contest, but Toastmasters say perfecting speaking skills is nothing to laugh about.

"A lack of effective communication is something that haunts us at all levels of society, all the way up to the President of the United States," said professor and toastmaster Bruce Ragon.

Toastmasters around the world are dedicated to helping people improve their public speaking and leadership skills in a friendly and supportive environment. Competitions like this one allow experts to evaluate a speaker’s strengths and weaknesses, giving them both constructive feedback and added confidence.

Speakers say people can then apply these skills to virtually any career.

"As an engineer, even if I invent something or create something but I can’t tell anyone about it, than it does no one any good," said toastmaster and engineer Libby Dunn.

Wilmington Toastmasters meet every Tuesday at Chris’s Restaurant starting at 7 A M. For more information or to find a club near you, check out their website.

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Essential

Thanks for running this piece. Communication is fundamental to so many things in life. It starts with family and extends to the community at large. Toastmasters is about so much more than just speaking effectively.

It's about so much more ....

It's about life the universe and everything. It's about those fundamental qualities that allow us to dream and aspire to greatness. It's about teaching our offspring that speaking is a good way to express our most intimate desires to others and that it's so much more connective than just sign language, especially the type use on billboard signs. It's about ...........