Mots du Midi 5e anniversaire/5th Anniversary Celebration

Le club Mots du Midi invite les membres, amies et amis de Toastmasters à une réunion portes ouvertes afin de célébrer dans la convivialité son 5e anniversaire le jeudi, 21 juin 2018 de 12 h à 13 h au bureau du Conseil de la Coopération de l’Ontario, 10 rue Elm, salle 604.

En plus d’un discours d’un invité d’honneur surprise, des improvisations amusantes dans une ambiance amicale et accueillante, les invitées, invités voteront pour le meilleur gâteau froid sans cuisson. C’est l’occasion idéale des retrouvailles et de faire connaissance des gens dynamiques.

5th anniversary celebration will be held by Mots du Midi on June 21 2018 in the office of Conseil de la coopération de l’Ontario, 10 Elm St., room 604. Toastmaster members and friends are invited at this special event.

Why all Toastmasters clubs should hold a speechcraft

speech craft(left to right) Speechcraft Coordinator Matthew Ogbulafor | Brampton Talks Members Claudia Garraway and Madhukar Shahi giving feedback after first meeting | Club Member Maheeza Mohamed presenting how to give effective feedback for the Successful Club Series

Brampton Talks Toastmasters is presenting a speechcraft which is a win for the club, a win for it's members, and win for the community!

The speechcraft is sponsored and hosted by Real City Realty Inc. in Brampton. Over 50, from various professions wanting to improve their speaking skills, signed up for the 10 spots in the free 6 week workshop.  Matthew Ogbulafor is the coordinator of this speech  Speechcraft filer imagetraining workshop from the Success Communication Series, which completes a requirement for his ACG and bringing him closer to achieving his DTM. 

“Toastmasters has changed the way I do business and believe this workshop will help anyone interested in improving their personal and professional lives.” – Kelechi Amadi, Broker of Record, Real City Realty Inc.

There is no better feeling then watching people that are scared to speak in public, stand infront of strangers, feel nervous but still do it; because of the support and skills they receive. In the 6 weeks, each one will have the opportunity to give 3 speeches, two evaluations, introduce a speaker, participate in Table Topics and take on a various meeting role. All while having the support of advisors and the skills from many educational presentations. Speeches are recorded so the participants / speechcrafters can watch their progress! Not only are the speechcrafters improving but so are the Toastmasters who get a chance to challenge themselves outside the club. Toastmasters in this speechcarft are giving their first evaluations, presenting on of the educational series for the first time, learning how to mentor and teach, and getting the satisfaction of helping someone. 

  Some Keys to Success

  • Have a marketing and PR plan, start early. If sponsored use their resources as well.
  • Order materials early and before promoting to follow and set up program. See more here.
  • Name Tags for all of the Speechcrafters and Toastmasters
  • Video Tape the speechrafters and educational presentations, send to the presenter as a learning tool and to montior progress.
  • Pressional agendas easy to follow and branded. 
  • Minimum of 1 Toastmaster per 2 participants - not only hep at meeting but through email and phone calls as well. 
  • Reach out to the District 86 Speechcraft Coordinator for help and support.

speech craft2(left to right) Dennis Bartel DTM preparing | Agenda and name tag with Toastmasters branding

With such an overwhelming response, Madhukar Shahi club member, emailed each one and then called them days prior to the event. Everyone on the waiting list was asked if they would like to be notified of further events and encourage to visit the club. 

   Promotion

speech craft3(left to right) Facebook event  over 600 reached | Eventbrite event with over 300 views

   Why Hold a Speechcraft?

Speechcraft will increase your membership, before the event even began a participant who signed up for the speechcraft, came to Brampton Talks as a guest and then joined the club. It will help non-Toastmasters in the community learn the fundamentals of public speaking, promotes Toastmasters and the club, and gives members an oppuritinty to use their skills outside the club. It is a win, win, win!

Speak to Inspire Toastmasters Club Open House Event

What a Success!

Speak to inspire TM Openhouse

Following up on the success of our open house I have to say we were so honoured to have Roger Caesar present his speech "The Gift' at our club. although the stage was smaller than he was used to, he manged to inspire everyone in the audience with take home messages. Our Area 34 director Cindy Tate and several other toastmasters from our district were there supporting us. Thank you everyone for your hard work putting this event together and inspiring our visitors to come back and join. 

We look forward to moving forward into the new year with a few extra members joining this month to achieve our Distinguished Club status. If you couldn't come to our open house feel free to come out any wednesday from 12-1pm. Here are the club details:

Speak to Inspire Toastmasters Club
Date: Wednesdays
Time: 12-1 pm
Location: 263 Queen St East | Unit 14 | Brampton (Ruthorford Rd and Queen St in the Tim Hortons plaza)

Contact: Tuula Redditt, VP of Membership at tuularedditt@gmail.com

 

Progressive Toastmasters Spring OPEN HOUSE

Forrest Willet TUESDAY May 29TH!

Progressive Toastmasters in Waterloo, Ontario are pleased to invite our fellow Toastmasters, friends and supporters to our spring Open House on Tuesday May 29th from 7-9 pm.
We have a fantastic keynote speaker presenting at this open house - he is so great that we needed to move our open house to a BIGGER location!
We are so pleased to present our Keynote Speaker Forrest Willet, author of the book "Baseballs Don't Bounce". He was the keynote at the District 86 2017 Fall Conference.

His inspirational and emotional presentation brought the room to tears!

Forest Willett

If you missed that presentation or you just want to hear him again, be sure to NOT miss this event!

  • We invite you to enjoy an evening of information about Toastmasters and how the newly revised program can help you in your career, confidence and life.
  • Listen and be truly inspired by our Key Note Speaker, Forrest Willet
  • Network and meet great people!
  • Enter To Win the 50/50 draw!

When: Tuesday May 29 2018
Time: 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm Doors Open 6:30 pm
Where: Coldwell Banker Peter Benninger Realty Ltd. 508 Riverbend Drive, Kitchener, ON

Light Refreshments will be served
Donations accepted in lieu of admission in support of  The Waterloo Regional Mental Health Association

Please join us for a fun evening of sharing and learning!

Go To Eventbrite Progressive Toastmasters to register your attendance

OPS North Bay Toastmasters Reaches Out to Encourage New Members

OPS TM1BIt was a first for the Ontario government building at 200 First Ave West in North Bay!
On March 22, 2018 OPS North Bay Toastmasters delivered a jam-packed lunch ‘n learn to Ontario Public Service colleagues working in locations across the city.

The event that took place at 200 First Ave West provided an overview of Toastmasters, took attendees through a typical meeting by explaining key meeting roles, demonstrated Table Topics, presented the new Toastmaster Education Program, and featured the Toastmasters videos “Getting Ahead with Toastmasters” and “Five Reasons you Should Join Toastmasters”. Our President Pat Devereaux acted as Toastmaster.

OPS TM2We were very honoured to have as our guest speaker, Stephen Korski, Manager of Research and Development for Redpath, from North Bay and Area Toastmasters who spoke about his Toastmasters journey.
Stephen played a critical mentoring role for OPS North Bay Toastmasters when we chartered in October 2012.

OPS TM3We were delighted that our Area Director, Colleen Charland and other members of North Bay and Area Toastmasters came out to support the event!


The lunch ‘n learn was sponsored by Laila Krieg representing the OPS Provincial Interministerial Council, Northern Region. Laila spoke about how participating in Toastmasters helps develop OPS Leader-Manager Skills and supports Ontario Public Service Competencies.
OPS manager Coralee Deschamps gave a testimonial about how valuable Toastmasters has been for her staff.
All in all, it was a successful and very enjoyable event!


OPS TM4If you live in the North Bay area or are just visiting why don’t you consider attending one of our meetings? We meet every 2nd and 4th Thursday, noon to 1pm, Library Boardroom, 2nd floor, 447 McKeown Ave. and even though we’re a corporate Toastmasters club and we love hosting visitors from other clubs!

by Sandy Bell-Murray
blog post submitted May 11, 2018
sbellmurray@gmail.com

Cementation Toastmasters Club Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

Cementation Toastmasters

Cementation Toastmasters Club (Division N Area 2 North Bay) Celebrates 10 Years and 500th Meeting April 12th, 2018

The members of Cementation Toastmasters were joined by guests from The North Bay Toastmasters and our Area Director (Colleen Charland) to celebrate our 500th meeting. The club was officially formed October 1st, 2007 by 28 founding members. The founding Club President (Lois Henderson) sent a recorded video message from her new home in Manitoba and we shared many happy stories about the past 10 years.

We thanked our corporate sponsor and company President/CEO Roy Slack for his continued support and we look forward to the new Pathways Programme.

We ordered a special cake to celebrate 10 years of the club, the 500th meeting and 20 years of Cementation Canada.

Cheers to the next 10 years of Cementation Toastmasters. Club President 2017-18 – John Cooney

Speech Marathon – Sneakers not required!

CST members

On Saturday, April 21, 2018 Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters hosted a very special early morning meeting event a “Speech Marathon!” The theme of the meeting was “Life is a Marathon, not a Sprint.”

Lights, Camera, Action! The speaking event began, resulting in an exciting action packed morning, filled with fun as eight diverse speakers took to the stage from first timers to advanced speakers. The room was silent and a hush fell over the room as each speaker stepped forward to the lectern in an act of courage to take on their fear of public speaking! It’s a testament to how well Toastmasters works in a very supportive environment.

Ramindar Kaur delivered her ice breaker on Life without Limits and inspired us with her courage and her journey chronicling various episodes of her life, weaving personal heartfelt stories with valuable life lessons. The audience was inspired with hope, faith, self-acceptance, attitude and courage. There wasn’t a dry eye in the room.

Paul Dubal took on the role of a Public official fielding a controversial topic “Glen Abbey Golf Course Development,” speaking to a ‘hostile’ audience. The speech took an exciting turn of events with members taking their roles seriously, challenging Paul as he skillfully acknowledged each argument. We have the makings of a politician in Paul, perhaps the next Prime Minister? Move over Justin Trudeau!

Lolo Franscisco introduced the “Big Red Jolly Bee,” a fast food store, the pride, joy and heritage of the Philippines that gives “McDonalds” a run for its market share. It was very entertaining and had the audience salivating over the menus. Just you wait, Iolo informed us the next location is opening right here in Mississauga.

Loubna Nejjari inspired the audience with her road map to success with four key points: Believe you can succeed, vaccinate yourself against fear (and do it anyway), Go first class and think like a leader! All of us left inspired by her quote by Derek Bok “If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

Karen Mewa Ramcharan read us a story by Nick Vujick from his book “Life Without Limits: Inspiration for a Ridiculously Good Life.” Karen took us on a journey of hope and courage with a core message, that no matter your circumstance, you can overcome!

Chelsea Zheng showed us how her lessons learned from a sprained ankle and the kindness of strangers can make a difference. Her smile, vivid imagery and personal stories had the audience hanging on to her every word.

Hamedeh Razavi enthralled us all the way to Persia with beautiful pictures of Iran, the land of Pearls, Perfume, Spices, Silver and Mystery. Together we discovered Iran's breathtaking landscapes, ancient monuments, dazzlingly beautiful mosques and magnificent imperial palaces from Shiraz to Tehran, Isfahan to Kashan, by way of Persepolis and Yazd. We learned about Cyrus the Great, the first King of Persia, an Eastern monarch that issued a charter considered to be the oldest known declaration of human rights.

Usama Mubashir unveiled a surprise slide show with pictures and food and music and together we wished our president Paul Dubal au revoir on his journey to Abu Dhabi in the Middle-East with a famous quote "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Paul may you enjoy every step!”

The outstanding speeches received advanced evaluations from Anna Malinowska, Swamy Maheswarn, Hanson Diao, Connie Yuen, Iona Rodricks and Byron Qu.

Fun and camaraderie filled the room! Our speakers in this speech marathon event showed us the strength and determination needed in the journey to become better communicators by one of the most outstanding Toastmaster clubs in District 86! Together we blazed new trails!

Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters meets every 1st and 3rd Saturday at the Mississauga Central Library
from 9.15 a.m. - 11.15 a.m. Visitors and guests are always welcome.

Respectfully submitted,

Iona Rodricks, DTM
D86 Pathways Guide 2017-2018
Comfortably Speaking Toastmasters / District 86 / Division D / Area 85 / Club 01120086

Toastmasters with Differing Abilities by Cathy O'Connor

As a Toastmaster with a hearing loss and a (hopefully temporary) physical disability, I see the need for occasionally having to accommodate those with differing abilities. A friend of mine is blind; nothing annoys her so much as when some well-meaning Toastmaster tells her she needs to improve her eye contact. She can’t see. How can she improve something she simply cannot do? It is like asking a fish to climb a tree. Fish can swim really well. They leave the tree climbing to others.

As Toastmasters, it is our duty as leaders to know how to incorporate an accommodation. The simplest way is to ask the person what s/he needs or wants. I am hard of hearing. I don’t require much in the way of accommodation, but some of my hard of hearing friends may need everyone in the club to use a microphone. Someone else with a mobility disability may need a wide aisle to go down to accommodate a scooter, a wheelchair or a service animal.

Sometimes certain prerequisites required to attain certain educational awards may have to be modified, or even eliminated altogether. A case in point. As a child I joined Girl Guides. Because of my severe ADHD and other learning disabilities, I simply could not and cannot tie anything more convoluted than a sheet-bend knot. A clove hitch is beyond me; don’t even talk to me about a bowline or a prusik knot! Back in the 60s, there were no accommodations. One either passed or failed in Guiding. As a result of this one thing, I was not able to attain the highest level in Guiding, and thus was never able to meet Prince Philip who handed out All Round Cords, Gold Cords and Canada Cords.

These days, my disability would be accommodated, and I could substitute another project of similar scope in its place. This is something that also needs to occur in Toastmasters.

If someone, for some reason, cannot handle the job of timing (whether because of the physical ability to reach or manipulate the switches on the timing mechanism, or cannot see well enough to watch a stop watch, get the person to do something else and give them “credit” for timing. Someone may love the role of general evaluator. Within this position the general evaluator has to know about, and demonstrate, the importance of time in the meeting, and is in charge of the timer of the meeting, among other people. If the person loves the role of general evaluator, but cannot perform the role of timer, switch them out. Don’t let something like this hold someone back.

What if someone with a disability wants to become an area director? That can happen. If the position needs to be modified, or if something needs to be put in place in order for the person to be accommodated, sit down with the person and find out what needs to happen. A person may make a perfectly good area director, and may need to fulfill this role in order to attain the educational level of ALS in the legacy program, or one of the higher levels of the Pathways paths. Traditionally the area director needs to visit the clubs twice and write up a report. If the person doesn’t drive because of a disability, a couple of things can possibly be put in place to accommodate (again, with the person’s input – never make a decision on behalf of a disabled person and expect to be praised!). Either arrange for a team of volunteer chauffeurs, or arrange to have the area director participate via virtual meetings. Set up a computer on an overhead projector, and invite the person to participate via the web. There are many programs available online to do this. Again, always ask the person, who knows best what works for him or her.

Don’t be afraid to ask us what we need. We don’t bite. Well, usually. In fact, being asked makes us feel part of the club. All too often, people are afraid to interact with us because they don’t want to say the wrong thing. The result of this is that we end up feeling alone and isolated. Something that should never happen at a Toastmasters meeting. You don’t need to know how to accommodate. Just treat as as you would want to be treated, which is with dignity and respect. After all, the Toastmasters Club Mission sums it up perfectly:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.

Toastmasters International Values:  Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
Our Principles:  Lead By Example • Work / Play as a Team 

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