2018-07-12 / Living

Swartz Creek resident is semifinalist in the world’s largest speech contest

SWARTZ CREEK -- Paul Artale of Swartz Creek will represent the Toastmasters of District 62 and join an elite group of 105 Toastmasters from districts around the world at the semi-finals of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest.

Artale began his journey competing at the club, area, and division contests before securing his spot by winning the district competition. This is Artale’s second time achieving this honor, his first was in 2013.

Artale will vie for one of 10 spots in the World Championship of Public Speaking® at the 87th Annual Toastmasters International Convention on Aug. 25 in Chicago.

Artale, a member of Grand Blanc Area Toastmasters in Grand Blanc, surpassed worthy competitors including last year’s winner and semi-finalist, Noreen Savage.

He won over the judges with his speech, “Being Superman.” The speech touched on the themes of overcoming disability in the sports world.

Artale’s story chronicles how he overcame physical disability to play college football for the University of Toronto.

When it comes to connecting with an audience, he said, “We’ve all been told we can’t do something and we all think we have to do it alone. The truth is we can accomplish our dreams and we have to enlist others to help us get there.”

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest began in 1938 and is the world’s largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 141 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking held annually at the organization’s International Convention.

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization’s membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 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. – L.R.

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