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Manoj Vasudevan, left, 2017 World Champion of Public Speaking, and International President-Elect Lark Doley.

The speech contests at the 87th Annual International Convention take place in August, giving you plenty of opportunities to support the participants.

At this year’s convention, in Chicago, Illinois, United States, 106 speakers—one qualifier from each district around the world—will compete in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest semifinals. That’s the largest number of members ever to participate in the semifinals. Come support the representative from your district!

The Top 10 contestants in the semifinals then vie for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking on Saturday, August 25. The speaking talent in the championship round is always impressive, making it an annual must-see event.

If you are unable to attend the convention, you can still cheer on your district’s winner—and others—by watching the contest online. Live-streaming coverage of the semifinals and championship round will be available.

The convention will be held August 22–25 at the Marriott Marquis Chicago and McCormick Place convention center. Register on the Toastmasters International convention webpage.