Meeting

Friday March 23, 2012 7:00 AM
 
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Invocation Open
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Timer Open
Vote Counter Open
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Each Table Topics Speaker  Green: 1  Yellow: 1:30  Red: 2
Humorist Open
Speaker 1 David F. Carr, DTM
"Lincoln The Politician" STORYTELLING: (evaluation form)
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"Let me tell you about the place I come from" COMPETENT COMMUNICATION (CC) MANUAL: How to Say It (5 to 7 min) (evaluation form)
Speaker 3 Bruce Pockey, DTM
COMPETENT COMMUNICATION (evaluation form)
General Evaluator Open
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Evaluator 2 Bruce Goldfarb, ACB, CL
Evaluator 3 Open
Each evaluator  Green: 2  Yellow: 2:30  Red: 3
Videographer Open

Meeting

Friday March 30, 2012 7:00 AM
 
Toastmaster of the Day Member not found
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Ah Counter Open
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Body Language Monitor Bruce Goldfarb, ACB, CL
Grammarian David F. Carr, DTM
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Each Table Topics Speaker  Green: 1  Yellow: 1:30  Red: 2
Humorist Open
Speaker 1 Member not found
COMPETENT COMMUNICATION (evaluation form)
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"Feeling Good" THE ENTERTAINING SPEAKER: (evaluation form)
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"The Journey" COMPETENT COMMUNICATION (evaluation form)
General Evaluator Member not found
Evaluator 1 Bruce Pockey, DTM
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Each evaluator  Green: 2  Yellow: 2:30  Red: 3
Videographer David F. Carr, DTM

Meeting

Friday April 6, 2012 7:00 AM
 
Toastmaster of the Day Member not found
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Vote Counter Open
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Grammarian Bruce Goldfarb, ACB, CL
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Each Table Topics Speaker  Green: 1  Yellow: 1:30  Red: 2
Humorist Member not found
Speaker 1 Member not found
"Expressions" COMPETENT COMMUNICATION (evaluation form)
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COMPETENT COMMUNICATION (CC) MANUAL: Get Comfortable with Visual Aids (5 to 7 min) (evaluation form)
Speaker 3 Open
General Evaluator Member not found
Evaluator 1 Member not found
Evaluator 2 Open
Evaluator 3 Open
Each evaluator  Green: 2  Yellow: 2:30  Red: 3
Videographer Open

PowerPoint Shortcuts for Toastmasters

As we discussed on Friday, there are a couple of scenarios where it would be helpful to blank out the PowerPoint screen, without actually turning off the slide projector:

  • You’ve gone through the process of making sure your slides are set up properly, but now we’re entering a portion of the meeting where it’s not appropriate to have them showing on the screen. However, if you turn off the projector, then you will have to fumble with getting it warmed up again when you’re ready to start the presentation.
  • You’re at the end of your speech — or at a break when the focus has shifted to audience discussion — and you don’t want the slides to be a distraction for the audience. So you want to stop the slideshow, but reserve the option of going back to your slides at a moment’s notice.

You can read a more detailed explanation, but the essential point to remember is “b for black (or blank)” and “w for white.”

When you are in presentation mode, with your slides all ready to go, you can press the key for the letter “b” and the screen will go blank. Press any other key, and your slideshow will reappear. Pressing “w” for a white screen works the same way.

The other shortcut you might want to be familiar is F5 (one of the function keys at the top of the keyboard) for starting a slideshow. This toggles you from editing mode to presentation mode. To exit your presentation and go back to editing mode, press the ESC key.

F5 will start the presentation from the beginning. If you want to restart your presentation from the current slide, you can press Shift-F5.

You don’t not have to remember all these things to do a PowerPoint presentation because all these things can also be done through various menus and buttons. But if you can remember them, they can be handy shortcuts.

I found a bunch more PowerPoint pointers and links on a New Zealand district Toastmasters site.

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who helped with the Club Awesome speech contest

Congratulations to the winners in the Club Awesome Toastmasters speech contest and thank you to everyone who participated as a contestant or speaker.
Mike Caserta won in Table Topics with his response to the prompt “What is your best quality as a human being?” (turned out to be his sense of humor).
Matthew Cooper won with his International Speech Contest entry, “Have you fad enough?”
I enjoyed every one of the speeches. Thank you to everyone who volunteered for a role or participated as a judge. I know this is a busy time of the year, and I appreciate that you fit this into your schedule.
Remember that the website address is now http://www.clubawesome.org/
We have a full roster for our next meeting, Dec. 16. Frank will be presenting an audience participation program from the manual on facilitating discussion, so please support him by being part of that. We will also have table topics.
We will not meet on Dec. 23, but will be back on the 30th with three speakers already signed up. Please help fill out the rest of the roles if you will be able to attend on the 30th.
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