The Toastmasters WOW Event is an annual Toastmasters event showcasing some of the region’s top public speakers at a Metro Vancouver theatre in the spring.
In 2017 Vancouver’s Toastmasters WOW Event took place on Friday, February 3, at Port Moody’s Inlet Theatre at 100 Newport Drive. Doors opened at 6:15 and the show starts at 6:45 pm.
Toastmasters is a collection of social clubs that promote public speaking and leadership training. For more information on this great organization, click Toastmasters in the Lower Mainland.
In addition to offering weekly meetings, semi-annual conferences and miscellaneous other special events, one of the Lower Mainland’s signature Toastmasters events is the annual WOW Event where a collection of some of the region’s top public speakers entertain for an evening at a local theatre.
The WOW Event usually takes place in the early spring, costs about $10 to attend and is highly recommended.
Toastmasters WOW Event 2017
In 2017 the Toastmasters WOW Event took place on Friday, February 3rd, at the Inlet Theatre at 100 Newport Drive in Port Moody. The event was open to the public and cost a mere $10, which is an amazing deal!
The 2017 WOW Event featured the following seven talented speakers:
- Pat Johnson: the past Toastmasters International President (2010/11)
- Margaret Page: a Toastmasters International Director (2015-17)
- Barry Monaghan: the winner of the 2016 Toastmasters Table Topics Competition
- Dr. Renee Jacobs: winner of the 2016 Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest
- Andrew Thompson: winner of the 2016 District International Speech Contest
- Darren Frew: winner of the 2016 Toastmasters Evaluation Contest
- Stephano Cossalter: winner of the 2015 Tall Tales Competition
The 2017 Toastmasters WOW Event was also MC-ed by Gene Vickers who himself is a brilliant public speaker and past Toastmasters’ District Governor and speech contest winner.
Vancouver’s Best Places and WOW 2010
The website Vancouver’s Best Places didn’t exist back in 2010, but the website’s founder, Peter Roundhill, was at the time very involved with Toastmasters. In 2009 Peter entered the Toastmasters Humorous Speech Contest and actually won at the provincial level. Peter’s speech title was “The Olimpigs are Coming!” and it was a play on words poking fun at the controversies surrounding the then upcoming 2010 Olympic Games.
In February 2010 Peter was honored to be one of the guest speakers at the Toastmasters WOW Event at the Acts Theatre in Maple Ridge.
Guest speakers at the Toastmasters WOW Event rarely wear costumes, and even more rarely do they put on pig snouts. In 2010, however, Peter Roundhill did!
Below is a video of his talk at the event. Hope you enjoy!
Note: Peter Roundhill never was a “top speaker.” He was just lucky, somehow squeezed his way into the 2010 WOW Event program, managed not to forget any of his speech, and had a lot of fun! He even managed to make a few members of the audience squeal!
For more information on Toastmasters, click Toastmasters in the Lower Mainland.