Earn Your Standing Ovation with Club Awesome Toastmasters

Every member who completes the first speech in the professional development program (“The Ice Breaker”) earns a standing ovation at Club Awesome.

Here’s an example of what it feels like to complete your first speech.

Earn your standing ovation with us. Club Awesome welcomes you as a guest at our next meeting.

Presenting the Community: Kenny Davin on Facing Your Fear

Presenting the Community, our year-long celebration of Toastmasters in District 47, has officially begun.

In this week’s video, Kenny Davin shares tips on how you can face your fears and become a confident public speaker.

Look for a new video each week through 2018. You can follow along with the entire series on YouTube. Read more about the story behind Presenting the Community in this blog post.

To learn more about Presenting the Communityvisit the project webpage and connect with John M. Quick.

Presenting the Community is a High Performance Leadership (HPL) project by John M. Quick. Toastmasters International and all other Toastmasters International trademarks and copyrights are the sole property of Toastmasters International. The content of this project is the opinion of the creator and is independent of Toastmasters International. It is not authorized by, endorsed by, sponsored by, affiliated with, or otherwise approved by Toastmasters International.

Welcome to Presenting the Community: A Year-Long Celebration of District 47 Toastmasters

Over the summer of 2017, I set out on a mission to help spread the word about Toastmasters throughout South Florida and The Bahamas.

Presenting the Community is a High Performance Leadership (HPL) project designed to engage existing Toastmasters in District 47 and attract new people to our clubs by sharing our speaking expertise and personal experiences.

This journey took me to several training events across South Florida and put me in touch with numerous Toastmasters from District 47. I met with a broad spectrum of people, including brand new members, people starting up corporate clubs for the first time, members with decades of experience, club officers, and district directors.

I am grateful to those 38 members who shared their speaking expertise and personal experiences on video. The 50+ videos they helped to create represent 30+ clubs, which is about 20% of all clubs from District 47.

The project officially kicks off on Friday, December 8, 2017. In total, over 50 videos are scheduled to be released on a weekly basis. You can follow along with the entire series on YouTube. In the meantime, learn more about the project, see some sneak previews, and consider how you can contribute with this welcome video.

In addition, I appreciate the support of my committee, which includes Lydia Harris, Lois Margolin, and David Carr.  Furthermore, you’ll see Zarraz Quick helping to spread the word about this project on social media as the project’s Online Marketing Director.

As you see videos posted to the official YouTube playlist, Club Awesome blog, District 47 Facebook pages, and other social media, please share them through your personal networks as well. By doing so, we are amplify the Toastmasters message to those potential members all around us who we warmly welcome to visit our clubs.

Lastly, I hope you’ll be inspired to put together videos to share your own experiences and advertise your clubs. If you do so, get in touch with me, so I can help you share them online.

Visit http://johnmquick.com/hpl and connect with John M. Quick to learn more about Presenting the Community.

Presenting the Community is a High Performance Leadership (HPL) project by John M. Quick. Toastmasters International and all other Toastmasters International trademarks and copyrights are the sole property of Toastmasters International. The content of this project is the opinion of the creator and is independent of Toastmasters International. It is not authorized by, endorsed by, sponsored by, affiliated with, or otherwise approved by Toastmasters International.

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.

 

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).

Club Awesome Member Austin Felton in Presenting the Community

Congratulations to Austin Felton for representing Club Awesome in the Presenting the Community project. Austin has been a member and Toastmaster since March 2017 (less than 6 months). He demonstrates the rapid improvement you can achieve as a speaker and makes a convincing argument for why you should come visit us at 7 a.m. on Friday morning.

Presenting the Community invites Toastmasters of all experience levels to share their speaking tips and personal experiences. Visit http://johnmquick.com/hpl and connect with John M. Quick to learn more.

9 Tips for Masterful Stories from the Stage

At Club Awesome Toastmasters, we know that storytelling is one of the most powerful and memorable ways to communicate your message. Telling a good story involves acting it out on stage through your use of body language, word choice, and vocal variety. In the August edition of Toastmaster magazine, Karen Banfield shares 9 tips for presenting stories based on the principles of theater.

  1. Block your speech. That is, think about how you will move to specific places at specific times.
  2. Move with purpose. Avoid pacing and just stand still if you have nowhere meaningful to go.
  3. Learn character voices. Gain attention by changing your voice to match the characters in your story.
  4. Physically separate your characters. When you speak for a different character, make sure to use a different stage position.
  5. Don’t just act, do. When using gestures or props, actually use them, rather than just pretending to use them.
  6. Include details. Add memorable context to the scenes you describe by featuring minute details of interest.
  7. Be tender. Although exaggeration can be noticeable, a targeted attempt to touch the heart can be more powerful.
  8. Focus. Eliminate anything in your speech that doesn’t support your message, no matter how attached you feel to it.
  9. Use your body. Make your audience feel your message by feeling it yourself and delivering it your through your body, not only your head.

For additional details on applying theatrics to tell masterful stories, be sure to see the full article [1].

[1] Banfield, K. (2018, August). How to master the stage: 9 theatrical tips for delivering award-winning stories. Toastmaster, 14. https://www.toastmasters.org/magazine/magazine-issues/2017/august2017/how-to-master-the-stage

Professional Speaker Johnny Campbell and District 47 Leaders Visit Club Awesome

The members of Club Awesome extend our gratitude to professional speaker Johnny “The Transition Man” Campbell and leaders of District 47 Toastmasters for visiting on Friday, July 28.

Johnny Campbell presents at Club Awesome on July 28, 2017

Johnny, a longtime Toastmaster and professional speaker, inspired us with insights on how we can become more self aware, set better goals, and importantly, put in the effort necessary to achieve our dreams. He reminded us that, although the “elevator to success” may be broken, we can always “take the stairs.” Take the first step by being our Awesome guest at next week’s meeting. Meanwhile, current Toastmasters can see more of Johnny as the keynote speaker at the August Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) events in Broward and Miami.

District 47 Toastmasters Leadership Visits Club Awesome on July 28, 2017

Johnny’s full presentation at Club Awesome is available on YouTube.

 

Attending a District 47 TLI Event? Join the Presenting the Community Project

Toastmasters of District 47: Are you attending the July 29 TLI this weekend (or an August session)?

You are invited to share your tips and experience in the Presenting the Community project.

Even if you aren’t attending a summer TLI event, you are still invited to participate. In fact, Toastmasters of all experience levels from the 160+ clubs in District 47 are encouraged to contribute. Visit http://johnmquick.com/hpl and connect with John M. Quick to learn more.