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.

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.

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.

Achieve Your Goals with Toastmasters

In this video, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Lois Margolin shares an original story about achieving your goals as a Toastmaster.

Indeed, this story reflects the experience that many Toastmasters have throughout their self-improvement journey. Learn more about how Toastmasters can help you achieve your goals by visiting the Guests section of our Club Awesome website.

Video: Give a Speech, Get an Evaluation

Evaluations are at the heart of the Toastmasters experience, giving members immediate feedback on what they have done well and where they can improve.

Randy Ostreich’s speech, “International Travel, Carry-On Style,” was project #7 in the Competent Communication manual, Research your Topic. This video an example of a Toastmaster who is gaining experience, but still developing skills, getting an evaluation from a very experienced Toastmasters, Lois Margolin, DTM.

 

3 Powerful Speeches: Stacey Cohen, John Quick, Chengtao Wang

Most of the time, we use video in the club as a teaching tool, sharing it privately so members can see their performances after the meeting. At our February 3 meeting, all three featured speeches were so strong we asked permission to make them public.

These videos are not technically perfect, but I hope the essence of the speeches shines through.

John Quick: Bones Melting

Stacey Cohen: Do Unto Others

Chengtao Wang: Chinese New Year

This Is What An Award-Winning Toastmasters Evaluation Looks Like

A large part of the value of Toastmasters comes from getting immediate feedback on your speeches and presentations. This is a peer-to-peer model for education and self improvement, where members work hard at learning how to teach what they have learned in the program.

Giving good evaluations is an art of its own, and Club Awesome is lucky to have as one of its members Dorrette Keen. Just this past weekend, Dorrette won an evaluations contest at an area event where our members were competing against representatives of four other clubs.

To give a great evaluation, you first need a speech to evaluate. Jay Jawitz came to the contest not as a competitor but to give the “test speech” for the evaluators to evaluate. As a benefit of playing this role, he got to hear a variety of perspectives on a single speech. “I got a lot out of my evaluations,” he says. “I learned that I could have strengthened my beginning and conclusion. I realize that I could prepare my speeches in the future a lot better.” By reviewing the video, he also got a chance to evaluate himself, finding more things he wanted to improve.

Dorrette and Jay both gave permission to share the video of their performances, so you can understand the kind of feedback you can expect in Toastmasters. The ideal is to give just the right mix of positive feedback and suggestions for improvement.

Jay’s speech was about learning to let go of the unnecessary “drama” in life.

Here is Dorrette’s evaluation.

Dorrette will be going on to the next level of competition, and if she wins again will represent our club at the level of the district (South Florida and The Bahamas). Most importantly, she gives quality evaluations on a weekly basis to new members and experienced ones at Club Awesome. We’re all better for it.