Contest Replay: Friday January 21, 2022

I’m a little behind on posting the replays, but watch for a few catch-up messages. Here is the replay of Friday’s contest. – David

Friday January 21, 2022

International Contest Speeches

Paolo Barone (winner)

David F. Carr

Table Topics

Tamra Smart (winner)

Mike Caserta

Cristina Attai

Video policy: speech videos are intended as a tool for speakers to see their own performances and think about how they can improve. Even though these are on YouTube, they are published as “unlisted” by default, meaning they won’t show up in search results. Don’t forward these links or post them on Facebook or in any other forum without the speaker’s permission. From time to time, we may ask a speaker for permission to use a video as part of our marketing of the club. Volunteers are also welcome – if you’re proud of a particular speech, let us know.

New Weekly Awards for Online Meetings

One thing we’ve missed in our online and hybrid meetings is the opportunity to hand ribbons to speakers who have won weekly awards such as best speaker or best Table Topics impromptu speaker. Thanks to VP of Membership Tricia Jervis, we now have new virtual certificates to share.

Here they are, along with Tricia’s explanation of how to use them.

Tricia Jervis explains how to use the Weekly Awards slide deck

Hybrid Meetings Workshop with Club Awesome’s David F. Carr, DTM

This District 47 workshop was presented by Club Awesome past president and production manager for our hybrid meetings, David F. Carr. Club Awesome is now holding its regular Friday morning meetings with a combination of in-person and online attendance. The workshop was based, in part, on our early experience and also David’s research for the Hybrid Harmony article he published in Toastmasters Magazine.

Related Resources

Hybrid Harmony,” by David F. Carr, DTM, Toastmasters Magazine, April 2021

Technology for Hybrid Meetings,” by Cajetan A. Barretto, DTM, Toastmasters Magazine May 2021

Markus Seppälä YouTube playlist of hybrid meeting tips

Markus Seppälä equipment recommendations

Storytelling: a Compelling Story Makes Any Speech Better

A compelling story makes any speech better. Lorraine Campbell shows how it’s done.

About the Speaker

Lorraine Campbell currently serves as an active board member for the Customer Involved Government Committee with the City of Coral Springs. She has served on the board since 2005 and has been a member of The Youth Voting committee and chaired The Green Initiative Focus Group.

With a passion for public speaking, Lorraine joined Toastmasters over 10 years ago. During her tenure with Toastmasters, Lorraine has received numerous accolades on local and divisional levels. She has also been able to form successful mentorships, teaching Public Speaking and Leadership skills to students of all ages. Lorraine’s skills as a presenter brings a unique perspective to a variety of topics while making subject matters fun and easy to comprehend.

As a coach, Lorraine has been able to help countless people overcome the fear and anxiety associated with speaking in front of an audience. She obtained her DTM three years ago – and now has the honor and privilege of calling herself a Distinguish Toastmaster.

The Art of Giving and Receiving Feedback (Replay)

“Feedback” is so much more than that special section of our Toastmasters meetings where we receive an immediate evaluation of our speech. If only it worked like that in “real life” too!

Throughout both our personal and professional lives, we are often faced with giving, as well as receiving feedback. At work, for instance, you may be both on the giving and receiving end. It’s an important part of employee evaluations, but also of daily interactions with colleagues, employees, and supervisors.

At home, feedback is an important part of any healthy relationship – with your children, parents, spouse, siblings, and friends.

But are we doing it in the best possible way?

Come learn from our three excellent panelists how you can turn feedback giving & receiving from basic skills to an art form.

Our panelists are:

Dorrette Keen: Distinguished Toastmaster and a Certified John C. Maxwell Speaker Speaker, Trainer, and Coach. Dorrette has been empowering individuals and groups in Business and Not for Profit arenas, motivating, and inspiring them to step out of their comfort zones and go beyond, sometimes their own unrealized limits, placed on themselves. 

Andre Kelly: Distinguished Toastmaster, CEO and Founder of Public Speaking, a certified professional speaker, corporate trainer, and coach, having presented over three hundred motivational talks on platforms all across the world.

Donna Marrah: certified John Maxwell Coach, Speaker and Trainer, who works with organizations to develop leaders. She provides coaching, speaking, training and mentoring services to assist individuals in achieving personal and professional growth. 

Learn from these three exceptional speakers!

  • How to become intentional about giving valuable feedback in the workplace
  • How to position yourself to receive feedback in the workplace
  • The importance of using feedback to grow yourself and others in the workplace
  • Listen to understand, not to answer
  • Learn about the people you want to influence
  • Prepare in advance for difficult conversations.

Replay: Let your voice (and your accent) be heard in your next speech

Thanks to Edith Oliva of Communicating Cultures, a former Club Awesome President, for this program on how those who speak a second language can learn to communicate more effectively.

This was a Club Awesome community event held March 20, 2021. An interruption in the program caused by technical difficulties has been edited out.

Mentorship & Pathways Presentations

Mentorship Presentations
Dorrette Keen: Uncovering Untapped Potential
Deborah Pinnock: Six Qualities of a Good Mentor

Pathways Presentation and Q & A
Barbara Kasser: Pathways without Pain

Social Media Shareables: Help Spread the Word About Our Club

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