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Word Champion of Public Speaking

Aug 23, 2014
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Kuala Lumpur,

Stafford Resident is Semifinalist in the World’s Largest Speech Contest

Martha MacPhee Rose Above a Pool of 30,000 Toastmasters Participants

ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA, May 9, 2014 — Martha MacPhee, of Stafford, Virginia, outshined more than 300 local participants to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, representing northern Virginia inside the beltway, Southeast and Southwest Washington DC, and Southwestern Maryland. MacPhee has qualified to advance to the semifinal rounds of the contest. MacPhee is vying for one of nine spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking to be held Saturday, Aug. 23 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

MacPhee, a member of Pentagon Armed Forces Toastmasters Club, in Arlington, Virginia, surpassed fierce competition to win the hearts of the audience and judges alike with her speech, “I Will Never Join the Military.” The speech touched on the themes of sacrifice, commitment, discipline, and willingness to change. When it comes to connecting with an audience, she said, “Sharing personal experiences and sharing what you know and lived is the best way to come across genuine and passionate.”

Ninety-one winners from districts around the world advanced to the semifinal round after a six-month process of elimination through club, area and district speech competitions. Their five- to seven-minute speeches were judged on content, organization, gestures and style.

“Toastmasters speech contests are another way to build your confidence, because you sharpen your skills and speak to many different audiences,” says MacPhee. “I am looking forward to competing on a much larger stage in Malaysia!” MacPhee is a captain in the United States Marine Corps. She is the Protocol Officer in the Office of the Commandant of the Marine Corps, headquartered in Washington, DC. Her office is part of the Pentagon. She joined Toastmasters to become a better speaker and leader at work and in the community.

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest is the world’s largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 122 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking held annually at the organization’s 2014 International Convention.

About District 27
District 27 is one of 91 districts, which comprises more than 112 corporate and community clubs in the Washington DC metro area. To learn more about District 27, and the Spring Conference program, please visit District 27 Toastmasters.

About Toastmasters International
Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of meeting locations. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, the organization’s membership exceeds 292,000 in more than 14,350 clubs in 122 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people of all backgrounds become more confident in front of an audience. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

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