Marilyn Brown Places 3rd, Toastmasters District 47 Speech Contest

Marilyn Brown placed 3rd in the District 47 Toastmasters humorous speech contest, November 2017, where she competed as one of seven top speakers from South Florida and The Bahamas. She had previously won at the club, area, and division levels.

Marilyn is a past President of Club Awesome and past Area Director. Outside of Toastmasters, she is a team coach and facilitator at Peopletek Coaching.

Marilyn Brown to Compete in Humor Contest Finals at District 47 Conference

Club Awesome Toastmasters is proud to be represented by Marilyn Brown in the 2017 humorous speech contest finals.

On her journey to the finals, Marilyn has competed alongside top humorists at the club, area, and division levels. She placed first in each of three contest to date.

In the finals, Marilyn will be up against the very best speakers from District 47, which spans South Florida and The Bahamas.

Marilyn will perform on Saturday, November 18, during the District 47 fall conference. We will be cheering her on to take home the championship. If you haven’t seen Marilyn before, know that you are in store for witty and gritty entertainment. You also might learn a thing or two about getting old. Here’s a hint: it “ain’t for sissies.”

Free Resources for Tracking Your Toastmasters Achievements

The Toastmasters education program can be complex to navigate, especially for new members. Your professional development opportunities extend far beyond practicing a few speeches. For instance, you may go on to experiment with many varieties of speaking opportunities, taking on leadership roles at multiple levels, and supporting your local community.

To keep track of your progress, Club Awesome and Toastmasters International offers you these free resources:

Depending on your preference, pick at least one resource to help yourself stay organized as you work to achieve your professional development goals.

Note: These materials are for members participating in the existing worldwide education program, not for the upcoming Pathways system.

What Does a Winning Evaluation Look Like?

On October 14, 2017, Club Awesome’s John M. Quick provided a test speech for the Area 21 evaluation contest.

The purpose of the test speech is to give the competing evaluators material to work with. Each evaluator in the competition sees the test speech, then individually provides an evaluation. The best performing evaluator, as scored by a panel of top-secret judges, is declared the winner.

Let’s see this process in action. Here is a video of John’s test speech, followed by the top-scoring evaluation.

 

District 47 Toastmasters Fall Conference 2017 Announced

The District 47 Toastmasters Fall Conference 2017 details have been announced.

Our own Marilyn Brown will compete for the District 47 championship in the humorous speech contest.

In addition, several Club Awesome members will be in attendance this year. We look forward to learning, networking, and enjoying the entertainment along with you.

  • Dates: Friday, November 17 – Sunday, November 19
    • Friday: Early registration and welcome reception in the evening
    • Saturday: Main conference
      • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner served
      • Keynote speeches by Darren LaCroix, 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking
      • District humorous speech and evaluation contest finals
      • Professional development workshop sessions
    • Sunday: Breakfast with Darren LaCroix (for VIP ticket holders)
  • Early registration ends November 6. Purchase tickets online.
  • A special hotel rate is available at the DoubleTree, where the conference takes place, through November 6. Book your room online.
  • For additional details on the conference, see the District 47 website.

Area 20/21 Humor & Evaluation Contests October 14, 2017

Come see Club Awesome’s Marilyn Brown (humor) and Brian Mikosz (evaluation) compete with the club contest winners from Areas 20 and 21 on Saturday, October 14, 2017. It will be an opportunity to see excellent humorous presentations and evaluations, as well as support the Toastmasters community.

  • Event: Area 20/21 Humor & Evaluation Contests
  • Date: Saturday, October 14, 2017
  • Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Place: Keiser University, Fort Lauderdale Campus, 1500 NW 49th Street, 5th Floor Auditorium, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Flashback: What Does It Mean To Be Well-Read?

Way back in the November 1999 issue of The Toastmaster magazine, Susan Richmond provided insights on the topic of being well-read [1].

Among the benefits of reading, she cites the ability to converse on a wide variety of subjects as a key benefit. Importantly, informational media, such as newspapers and advertisements, which we are exposed to constantly, do not challenge us to think and therefore do not provide much value. With limited time and motivation to explore additional reading, it can be difficult to set up a professional development plan.

Richmond offers these tips on getting started:

  • List the books you have read in the past year. Use these to identify your interests and knowledge gaps.
  • Make use of the library, since you can get access to numerous books for free, as well as explore potential books of interest before purchasing.
  • Reserve time for reading. You have to make it part of your schedule to get it done. That may mean spending less time on other activities, such as watching TV.

To support our members, Club Awesome offers these benefits that can help you become well-read:

  • Lending Library: members can draw upon a large collection of works to improve their public speaking and leadership skills
  • Book Club: our members meet periodically to discuss a book that has been selected specifically to support our professional development

[1] Richmond, S. (1999, November). What does it mean to be well-read?. The Toastmaster, 65 (11).

The Coolest Toastmasters Back at Club Awesome on Friday, Post-Hurricane

After missing just two meetings as Hurricane Irma passed, Club Awesome Toastmasters will be back in action Friday morning. If you’ve been suffering without air conditioning, you’ll be happy to learn this is the coolest Toastmasters club in town because we meet at the Panthers Ice Den, just off Sample Road in the Coral Springs Sportsplex (directions).

No, we don’t actually meet on the ice, but the conference room upstairs is a very cool place to meet for public speaking practice and professional development. Join us Friday from 7 to 8:30 am.

Past President Marilyn Brown calls a meeting to order on the ice.

Hurricane Irma: Meetings Temporarily Suspended [Resumed 9/22/2017]

September 21 Update: Regular Club Awesome meetings resume on Friday, September 22! Guests are welcome to join us at the IceDen this Friday and each Friday at 7 a.m.

September 13 Update: Our Friday, September 15, 2017 meeting has been cancelled.

Due to Hurricane Irma, our September 8, 2017 meeting has been cancelled. Please watch our website at http://www.clubawesome.org for updates on when our regular Club Awesome meetings will resume.

New Member Induction September 2017

Club Awesome welcomed several new members in our September 2017 induction ceremony.

Club President Garfield Pitter (left), VP Membership Lois Margolin (second to left) and Area Director Roosevelt Jean-Francois (Right) welcome our new Club Awesome members.

Congratulations on starting your Toastmasters journey with us and welcome to Club Awesome.