The Gift Of Toastmasters

All I Want for Christmas is to go to the Conference by Tuula Redditt DTM

Conference2When asked by my husband Paul (a non-toastmaster) what I wanted for Christmas I went through my list of regular items like Tweety Bird Pajamas and Body Shop Body Butter. Instead I asked what he thought of registering me for Option 1 at the Spring Toastmasters Conference. I would really like to go. Finances were a little tight this year and I said that's all I want for both my birthday and Christmas which are only a few days apart. He agreed since it was still early bird pricing. I was elated! 

We often think the cost of going to the conference something we can all afford but for many of us like myself its not so easy. Being part of the Conference Committee and helping out with the visual graphics like the program, logos and websites has always been a passion of mine. I work from our home business Sky Studio and give of my time generously towards Toastmasters and so do all our leaders. I am greatful to be part of such an amazing team. My journey as a toastmaster and an artist has given me so many opportunities to explore my creative skills. Thank you all for giving me those opportunities. 

If you are thinking of ideas to get your spouse or other half consider the gift of Toastmasters?

Register today  before Dec 31st for your early bird special!

Are you ready for your guests

Are you ready for your guests?

“Honey? Honey? Hooooneeyyyyy?”

“What?”

“I just got off the phone with Mom. She’ coming to visit for the Holidays!”

When you hear those words, what comes to mind? Okay, beside the “OH NO!”

No not Panic! Planning. You need to know what you will cook; how will you entertain her? Where is she going to sleep? When is she coming? How long is she staying? All kinds of questions whose objective is to plan so your guest’s stay is enjoyable. You put together a checklist, so everything is ready for your guest arrival.

Are you putting that much time an effort for the guests that show-up at your club?

How are the guests finding you? Do you have a website? Is it up to date with the latest names for the Officers? Do the links still work properly? Are the day, time and location of your meetings still accurate? If you don’t have a website, how do guests find you?

Do you have an email address? If so, how long does it take before you answer? Whose responsibility is it to reply to a guest’s request for information? On the email, do you invite the guest? What kind of documents do you attach to your email? Do you send a reminder the day prior to your meeting so your guests don’t forget? If you don’t have an email address, how do guests find you?

Are you on Meetup? WhatsApp? How do guests find you?

Cathy Herschell, our Immediate Past District Director, brought to my attention that some of our clubs’ websites were not up to date. In today’s world, searching for a club is often done on the World Wide Web. Take advantage of that tool. You never know, your next member might come from the WWW! What have you got to lose by maintaining your website and making sure you answer those emails from guests promptly? You never know, your Mom might come for a visit!

Cheers,

Jocelyne V

Members Making a Difference Award

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The MMAD (Member Making A Difference) Award goes to members of District 86 who volunteer their communication and leadership skills learned at their clubs to better their communities and lives around them in a significant and notable way outside of their Toastmasters regular duties.

If you or somebody you know is deserving of the prestigious MMAD Award, please submit the name and a brief bio to clubgrowthdirector@toastmasters86.org

What is Your Intent When Conducting a Speechcraft Program?

You probably had it. Maybe there are some fellow Toastmasters that still experience the symptoms of this condition. It’s not contagious…just a nuisance. However, you took steps to address this condition and now look at you!

Do you know what this condition is? It is called Glossophobia – the fear of public speaking.

To me, the word “public” alone is fearful – speaking in front of a crowd, a large gathering. One definition for the word ‘public’ is “done in open view”. When I hear the word “public”, I envision more than 50 faces before me.

As Toastmasters, we practice speaking to a small audience. We gain confidence in our ability to speak in front of an audience, whether it’s at work as part of a team; a community group; a church committee or at an association meeting.

The number of attendees at these gatherings range from maybe 5 to 10 to 20. A small audience. Speechcraft sessions and club meetings consist of a small audience.

What does this have to do with Speechcraft? It’s all in the intent to ATTRACT non-Toastmasters to this program.

Generally speaking, Toastmasters International is an unknown entity. By telling the public to join Toastmasters to improve their public speaking skills probably won’t get them even interested in exploring what Toastmasters is all about, let alone sign up for a Speechcraft program or join a Toastmasters club.

Solution? – In your promotional fliers and announcements on social media, why not ask the public some questions about their “fear of public speaking”. Then position the benefits of Speechcraft as the answer to those questions. Your INTENT is to offer a solution to their fear by offering a workshop! For example –

  • Does the fear of speaking in front of a group evoke fear, make you sweat and get your heart pounding?
  • Do you find it difficult to find the words to express your ideas in a clear and concise manner?
  • Do you find it challenging to give effective feedback to fellow co-workers, friends and family?
  • Would you like to learn some techniques on how to make your presentations interesting, informative and interactive?
  • (Here’s the solution): “Consider participating in a 6-8 week Speechcraft Program, where you will present short, effective speeches to a small group while improving your presentation skills with the help from an experienced Toastmaster advisor. All sessions are conducted in a friendly environment, no judgment is made and encouragement is abundant.”

The fear of speaking in front of an audience is all about the non-Toastmaster, not about joining a club to increase your membership strength – that’s a bonus. With the guidance from experienced Toastmasters, you can help them improve their speaking skills.

Sure, as a program host, you want these participants to join your Toastmasters Club...boost membership roster, add more variety to regular meetings, etc. Wait until the last session to make a pitch to join your club. Frequent mentioning of joining Toastmasters could disenchant the participant with the whole concept of Toastmasters and the benefits gained from Speechcraft.

If the program is conducted like an abridged Toastmaster meeting, the participant will feel more comfortable when they attend a regular club meeting…that’s a bonus!

Remember at the last Speechcraft session to INVITE all the participants to your club meeting and assure them they will receive a warm welcome and will be made to feel at home.

I believe as Toastmasters, we want to share our learning experiences; we want to encourage others to gain the benefits that you have gained; and, we want others to experience personal growth and development as they proceed through Pathways.

By marketing Speechcraft as a program to address “What’s in It for Me” (WIIFM) concerns, there is the potential to increase membership numbers, subtly. Continue to be mindful of who is attracted to Speechcraft and focus the benefits of Speechcraft as a solution to their “fears”.

Speechcraft plants the seeds to help grow the Toastmasters exposure to the community. With nurturing, mindfulness and persistence on the INTENT, your Toastmasters club will grow and who knows, maybe it will be responsible for the launching of a new club! That’s a bonus!

Margaret Waechter, ACG, ALB
Speechcraft Chair
District 86

D86 Toastmasters Speakers Bureau 2018-2019

Introducing The Speakers Bureau Team:

We have Roger Caesar as Chair, Jennifer Jones McConnell as the Speakers Bureau Coordinator and Hilgay Beckles as the Engagement Coordinator.

We're absolutely thrilled to be a part of District 86 Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau provides an opportunity for Toastmasters wanting to hone their skills and speak outside of Toastmasters. We are working together with the District Leaders to provide you, the members, with an avenue to speak within the Community, Provincially and Internationally. We are looking for dynamic speakers who have achieved their ACB or higher, or equivalent designation in Pathways. For those who would like to apply to be a speaker with the Bureau please email speakersbureau@toastmasters86.org

If you know anyone who requires a Speaker for events, conferences, workshops, seminars, Keynote speaker etc, If you do please direct them to the Speakers Bureau and we will happily work with them to pair them with an appropriate speaker for their event.
Please email speakersbureau@toastmasters86.org

Does the Speakers Bureau sound like something you would like to be involved in?
Please contact us if your interested in helping and being part of the team.

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D86 Speakers Bureau Team: Roger, Jennifer and Hilgay 

Get Ready for Growth! Get Ready for Success!

OfficerTraining

Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) Phase 2

Toastmasters Leadership Institute(TLI) presents training for - Club Officers, Area Directors and Division Directors. Learn as a team, understand the critical goals to success and how to make the member experience memorable.

Come out and experience training with a difference, bring your best practices and challenges and lets talk. We are here to help you succeed. Registration starts soon!

Date: January 19th 2019
Venue: Lincoln Alexander Secondary school | Malton

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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