Local woman wins speech award

Enterprise Staff

Earlier this month, a member of the Last Word Toastmasters group in Livingston won a speech contest against 80 area contestants.

Delisa Cogburn of Livingston took on the Toastmasters International Speech Evaluation Contest against five other Toastmaster clubs in southwest Montana. She will go on to compete in a division competition on April 8 in Bozeman, according to a LWT news release.

To win the contest, Cogburn listened to a “target speaker” with other contestants. They then had five minutes to organize and present a two to three minute judged evaluation of the target speakers presentation, listing things the speaker could improve upon, the release stated.

Other than her passion for speaking, she is a local payroll professional and  has been a member of Toastmasters since 2003.

 “Toastmasters helps her to be a more confident and eloquent speaker. I have become more aware of what makes a successful interaction with others, including careful listening,” Cogburn said in the release.

Last Word Toastmaster member Brad Wilson also competed at the Area Contest and placed second in the International Speech Contest.

Last Word Toastmasters of Livingston is one of the oldest continuously running clubs in Montana, with a 25-year history of assisting members with speaking skills and personal development. The club participate s regularly in the district and area competitions with the other clubs in

the area, including Gardiner’s and Bozeman’s several clubs.