Division S International Speech and Table Topics Contests

It’s a “clean sweep” for Springfield Toastmasters at the Division S International Speech and Table Topics Contests!

Table Topics Contest Winner:  Scott Caldwell

International Speech Contest Winner:  Wally Long

Congratulations to our Springfield Toastmaster members for their strong showing in the speech contests!


Importance of your Words

Words are so important.  To convey our message clearly is what Toastmasters is all about!

Many people throughout history have known the importance of public speaking.  The quotes that follow not only clearly and concisely express the speakers thoughts, but they also have an impact to readers long after the words were spoken.  After you read these quotes, you are sure to understand how important it is to learn how to convey your message.  Join us at Toastmasters to gain the skills to you need to do it!

“Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated.”
— Abraham Lincoln

“Speech is power: speech is to persuade, to convert, to compel.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.”
— Jean de la Bruyere (French satiric moralist)

“As long as there are human rights to be defended; as long as there are great interests to be guarded; as long as the welfare of nations is a matter for discussion, so long will public speaking have its place.”
— William Jennings Bryan (American Politician and Orator 1860-1925)

“He who wants to persuade should put his trust not in the right argument, but in the right word. The power of sound has always been greater than the power of sense.”
— Joseph Conrad

“Be prepared, whether the time is favorable or not. Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching.”
— The Apostle Paul

“Proper Planning and Preparation Prevents Poor Performance”
— Stephen Keague

“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.  Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
— Winston Churchill

“Be sincere, be brief, be seated.”
— Franklin D Roosevelt

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”
— Lao Tzu  

“Expect the best. Prepare for the worst. Capitalize on what comes.”
— Zig Ziggler 

“Leadership, is unlocking people’s potential to become better.”
— Bill Bradley

“The most precious things in speech, are the pauses.”
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The way to get started is quit talking and start doing.”
— Walt Disney

“Each time we face our fear, we gain strength, courage and confidence in the doing.”
— Theodoes Roosevelt

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you.”
— Fred Devito

“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t.”
– Henry Ford

“Be like a postage stamp.  Stick to one thing until you get there.”
– Josh Billings  

“Those who think that the world is a dark place are blind to the light that might illuminate their lives.”
Wayne Dyer

“True intelligence operates silently. Stillness is where creativity and solutions to problems are found.”
Eckhart Tolle


A typical toastmasters meeting has many parts.  These parts all work together to help bring awareness of how we speak and how to develop good speaking habits.  One of the most important development tool we have during our meetings is to give speeches.   Watch our President, Scott Caldwell during a toastmasters meeting.

“The Power of NO Taking control of you” Scott Caldwell President LTOI Toastmasters Springfield MO
“Being Positive when things just aren’t” Scott Caldwell President LTOI Toastmasters Springfield MO