I am heading to Las Vegas in August to compete in the semifinals of the World Championship of Public Speaking!!! This means that I am one of 80 contestants left of over 30,000 contestants who competed from 123 countries. Huge honor!
The Kent Reporter: Melanie Hope of Kent wins toastmasters speech contest
This is a huge opportunity and I have a lot of hard work to do – but it is also my dream. I’m so excited! I felt my mother there in spirit (especially as I described her obsession with Snuggies and how much I will miss her this Christmas) – I am sure she would be proud of me. Knowing her, she would have found a way to get toVegas with me (we don’t gamble or drink much, but she still loved that place).
Here is just one link that lists me among the other contestants. These are some pretty heavy hitters.
There are 9 semifinals before the “Big Show.” I have set my sights on the big stage and will be getting as much stage time as possible in every local Toastmaster’s club that will have me!