Speaker persuades judges for the win

Oak Bay Toastmasters hosts divisional competition Friday

Oak Bay Toastmaster Brad Buie (right) won the area competition to advance division challenge hosted in Oak Bay April 15. Teammate Jack Oldeheuval (left) took second place and serves as alternate for the division challenge.

Oak Bay Toastmaster Brad Buie (right) won the area competition to advance division challenge hosted in Oak Bay April 15. Teammate Jack Oldeheuval (left) took second place and serves as alternate for the division challenge.

Brad Buie lost the draw, but won the competition to advance to the division challenge hosted by his Oak Bay Toastmasters this weekend.

During the regional competition earlier this month, competitors drew cards from a deck to determine speaking order.

“I got to see all three of my fellow competitors go first, and they’re all really good,” Buie said.

“It was the same speech I did for the club contest, so every time you hone it a bit and polish it a bit … I guess the judges thought so too,” he said.

The speech addresses The Danger of Persuasion. Teaching a business communication course at UVic, the textbooks were inundated with talk of persuasive communication. Taking a critical look at the subject, he concluded that honesty and respect breed far more persuasion.

“My point is it can be dangerous in terms of you don’t get a connection with someone if you’re always trying to persuade them of something,” he said. “Speak to them and say what you want them to believe or impart on them, but be prepared to listen to them too … persuasion is the byproduct.”

Fellow Oak Bay Toastmaster Jack Oldeheuval took second place in the Evaluation speech contest and serves as alternate for the division challenge.

The winners compete April 15 in Oak Bay. Winners from there go to Abbotsford and then those top finishers head to Washington, D.C.

Buie can continue to use the polished words that got him this far, but could yet be swayed.  “I think it’s a good message and it could be polished even more. But if something else inspires me and I can put together a speech by the 15th I might do something different,” he said. “If it’s fresh for you it’s fresh for the audience too. But we’ll see.”

Oak Bay Toastmasters hosts the Division V International speech and evaluation speech contests April 15 at St. Patrick’s Church, 2060 Haultain St. Doors open at 6 p.m. with speeches from 6:30 to 9 p.m. “Everyone is welcome to join the audience at the competition – applause is much appreciated,” said Virginia Keast, Oak Bay Toastmaster. “The speeches at this level will most certainly be polished and entertaining.”

 

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP K9 Halla. (Black Press Media file photo)
Sound of RCMP dog enough to stop suspects in Oak Bay

West Shore RCMP K9 unit called in, didn’t get to chase

A patio built by The Village is shared by three eateries in Estevan. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay eateries sharing communal patio space in Estevan Village

The Village invested $25,000 in streetside patio, hopes to make it permanent

Improving safety at Keating Cross Road and the Pat Bay Highway is the goal of the flyover project currently in the works. The province aims to reveal the final cost and design this fall. (Screencap/Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Final budget, design of Keating flyover in Central Saanich still in the works

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure says information coming by this fall

Proposed design for the Topaz Park bike and skate park elements. (Courtesy City of Victoria)
Victoria requesting feedback on Topaz Park redesign

Public input now being taken for proposed skate, bike park ideas

Colin Davidson won $100K on a Set for Life scratch ticket in Sooke. (BCLC photo)
Sooke man does ‘happy dance’ after scratching a $100,000 Set for Life win

Colin Davidson plans to renovate his home and invest in his daughter’s education

People watch a car burn during a riot following game 7 of the NHL Stanley Cup final in downtown Vancouver, B.C., in this June 15, 2011 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
10 years ago: Where were you during the 2011 Vancouver Stanley Cup Riots?

Smashed-in storefronts, looting, garbage can fires and overturned cars some of the damage remembered today

Annamie Paul, leader of the Green Party of Canada, speaks at a news conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Green Leader Annamie Paul facing no-confidence motion from party brass

move follows months of internal strife and the defection of MP Jenica Atwin to the Liberals

Tulips bloom in front of the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa, Thursday, May 10, 2018. Day two of a full week of scheduled hearings will be heard in Federal Court today on a case involving Indigenous children unnecessarily taken into foster care by what all parties call Canada’s “broken child welfare system.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
AFN slams Ottawa for ‘heartless’ legal challenge of First Nations child compensation

2019 decision awarded $40,000 to each Indigenous child removed before 2006

Rick Ruppenthal of Saltair will host a 12-hour talk-a-thon Friday, June 18 over Facebook live. (Photo submitted)
Talk-a-thon to focus on men’s mental health issues

Island man spearheading a campaign to generate more conversation during fundraiser

Ivy was thrown out of a moving vehicle in Kelowna. Her tail was severely injured and will be amputated. (BC SPCA)
Kitten thrown from moving vehicle, needs help: Kelowna SPCA

The seven-week-old kitten had severe tail and femur injuries

The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre estimates that less than five per cent of mass-marketing fraud is ever reported.
Tips to avoid scams targeting Vancouver Island seniors

In most cases, fraudsters impersonate an individual, business or agency seniors recognize and trust

Vancouver courthouse. (Photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Man loses bid to appeal conviction for 1999 rape at Abbotsford music festival

James Redden, 53, formerly of Nanaimo, was found guilty in 2019 following six-day trial

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at the ‘hockey hub’ mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. This NHL-sized hockey rink is one of CanadaÕs largest vaccination centres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
‘Vaxxed to the max’: Feds launch Ask an Expert campaign to encourage COVID shots

Survey shows that confidence in vaccines has risen this spring

Port Alberni court house (Alberni Valley News)
Inquest set into 2016 death of B.C. teen after a day spent in police custody

18-year-old Jocelyn George died of heart failure in hospital after spending time in jail cell

Most Read