Lia Bolden (left) and Bruce Taylor.
Members of Oakland ARPB Toastmasters Lia Bolden and Bruce Taylor took first and second place in this year’s area-wide speech contest.
Contestants were competing for the opportunity to move on to the District 57 semi-finals. Toastmasters International’s District 57, also known as the Redwood Empire (www.d57tm.org), encompasses most of Northern California, east and north of the San Francisco Bay.
Bolden, a real estate broker, competed in the annual International Speech contest. She won first place with her speech titled “Living Out Loud,” which touched on lessons she learned as a child.
As the Area D30, champion, she will advance to the Division D contest, which will be held April 18 at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland.
Taylor, a commercial finance consultant and mobile app developer, represented ARPB Toastmasters in the Table Topics competition, which pits contestants against each other who are quick thinkers and great communicators.
Table Topics contestants are allowed up to 2 minutes to respond to the same challenging question that is poised to them in front of the audience. The question in this contest was, “If you could be 10 years old again, what advice would you give yourself?”
Taylor placed second in the Table Topics contest.
ARPB Toastmasters Club 8933, located in the San Francisco Metropolitan East Bay Area, holds meetings Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Oakland Senior Center at 200 Grand Ave. For information visit www.arpbtoastmasters.org.