West Jordan, Utah resident is semifinalist in the world’s largest speech contest

                                                  Robert Marx rose above a pool of 30,000 Toastmasters participants

Salt Lake City, UTAH, May 16, 2017Robert Marx, of West Jordan, Utah, outshined all other regional contestants ranging from Idaho, Utah and areas of Nevada and Wyoming, to win the district-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. Marx advances to the semifinal rounds of the contest, vying for one of 10 spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking® to be held at the Toastmasters International Convention Friday, Aug. 25 in Vancouver, Canada.

Marx, a member of Metro Toastmasters Club, in West Jordan, Utah surpassed fierce competition to win over the judges with his speech which was entertaining, inspiring and hilarious all at the same time.  When it comes to connecting with an audience, he said, “The key is to have the audience engaged, entertained and inspired to change their life for good.”

Marx will compete with 101 other winners from districts around the world who advanced to the 2017 semifinal round after a six-month process of elimination through club, area, division 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, sharpen your skills and speak to many different audiences,”says Marx. “I am looking forward to competing on a much larger stage in Vancouver”.  He joined Toastmasters to become a better speaker and leader at work and in the community. 

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest began in 1938 and is the world’s largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 142 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking held annually at the organization’s International Convention.

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About District 15

District 15 is one of 102 districts, To learn more about District 15, please visit: www.district15speaks.org


About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 345,000 in more than 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit www.toastmasters.org. Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

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