CEDAR RAPIDS, IA, May 17th, 2019 – Justin Futrell, of Cedar Rapids,
Iowa, won the district-level competition of the Toastmasters
International Speech Contest. Futrell 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 Saturday, August 21st, 2019 in Denver, CO.
Futrell, a member of Power Talkers #4094898 in Cedar Rapids, IA Club, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa surpassed fierce competition to win over the judges with his speech, “Find A Way.” The speech touched on the themes of perseverance, passion, and philanthropy. When it comes to connecting with an audience, he said, “The key is to have a character in the story that everyone can connect with, for me, it was my grandma.
Futrell will compete with 105 other winners from districts around the world who advanced to the 2019 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 Futrell. “I am looking forward to competing on a much larger stage in Denver!” Futrell is occupation a Producer for TrueNorth Companies in Cedar Rapids, IA. He joined Toastmasters to become a better speaker and leader at work and in the community. Justin would also like to thank fellow Toastmaster, Jeanne Guynn, for encouraging him to join and for being a tremendous mentor”.
To interview Futrell, learn more about the contest or Toastmasters club membership, contact, District 19 Public Relations Manager, Saeko VonBehren at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow district19.me to track for Futrell’s progress.