Thursday, October 2, 2014

Cite your sources, people.

Every day I open up "The Official Toastmasters International Members Group" on Facebook and read various confused posts from people trying to express opinions as facts. If you are expressing a fact then please cite your sources.

Compare the two statements:
Statement A: If a member judges an area speech contest then they can't compete in it. I talked to John at my club, who has been a member since dirt was invented, and he confirmed this is true.
Statement B: A member who judges an area speech contest (or above) is ineligible to compete in that contest per  page 4, 2.Eligibility.4.a which says "The following are ineligible to compete in any Toastmasters speech contest. a) A member serving as chief judge, voting judge or tiebreaking judge beyond the club level for a contest in which the member is still competing or intends to compete". 
I would also accept a quoted email from anyone as long as the date/person is clear within it.

Bottom line - statements without the underlying data or logical argument to support them are not facts.

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