Chicago Resident will Compete in the World's Largest Speech Contest Aug. 18

Justin Tutt, of Chicago, IL, outshined more than 1,500 local contestants to win the District-level competition of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in June. Tutt then won the Region 5 quarterfinal contest and secured one of 28 spots in the semifinals (, to be held in a hybrid format on Thursday, Aug. 18. From there, eight contestants will advance to the World Championship of Public Speaking(,® which takes place Saturday, Aug. 21.

Tutt, a member of Unity Toastmasters (, in Chicago, surpassed fierce competition to win over the judges with his speech, “I'm That Kid.” The speech touched on the themes of bravery, passion and confidence. When it comes to connecting with an audience, he said, “The key is to have a storyline that is relatable and compelling.”

Tutt will compete with 27 other winners from regions and districts around the world who have advanced to the 2022 semifinal round after winning their club, Area, Division, District, and Region speech competitions. Their five- to seven-minute speeches were judged on content, delivery, and language.

“Toastmasters speech contests are another way to build your confidence, sharpen your skills and speak different audiences,” says Tutt. "I look forward to competing against the other semifinalists and hopefully advancing to the finals!”

Tutt also known as The Man In The Black Chucks to students around the nation, joined Toastmasters to become a better speaker and leader at work and in the community.

The Toastmasters International Speech Contest began in 1938 and is the world's largest speech contest, involving 30,000 participants from 149 countries. It culminates with the popular World Championship of Public Speaking held annually at the organization's International Convention(

To learn more about the contest or Toastmasters club membership, contact Follow @Toastmasters ( International on Twitter to track Tutt's progress. You can also visit Tutt's speaker website at

About District 30

District 30 is one of 122 Districts, which comprises more than 100 corporate and community clubs in Region 5. To learn more about District 30, please visit: .

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colo., the organization's membership exceeds 300,000 in more than 15,800 clubs in 149 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters

International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators, and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.

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