What is Your Intent When Conducting a Speechcraft Program?

You probably had it. Maybe there are some fellow Toastmasters that still experience the symptoms of this condition. It’s not contagious…just a nuisance. However, you took steps to address this condition and now look at you!

Do you know what this condition is? It is called Glossophobia – the fear of public speaking.

To me, the word “public” alone is fearful – speaking in front of a crowd, a large gathering. One definition for the word ‘public’ is “done in open view”. When I hear the word “public”, I envision more than 50 faces before me.

As Toastmasters, we practice speaking to a small audience. We gain confidence in our ability to speak in front of an audience, whether it’s at work as part of a team; a community group; a church committee or at an association meeting.

The number of attendees at these gatherings range from maybe 5 to 10 to 20. A small audience. Speechcraft sessions and club meetings consist of a small audience.

What does this have to do with Speechcraft? It’s all in the intent to ATTRACT non-Toastmasters to this program.

Generally speaking, Toastmasters International is an unknown entity. By telling the public to join Toastmasters to improve their public speaking skills probably won’t get them even interested in exploring what Toastmasters is all about, let alone sign up for a Speechcraft program or join a Toastmasters club.

Solution? – In your promotional fliers and announcements on social media, why not ask the public some questions about their “fear of public speaking”. Then position the benefits of Speechcraft as the answer to those questions. Your INTENT is to offer a solution to their fear by offering a workshop! For example –

  • Does the fear of speaking in front of a group evoke fear, make you sweat and get your heart pounding?
  • Do you find it difficult to find the words to express your ideas in a clear and concise manner?
  • Do you find it challenging to give effective feedback to fellow co-workers, friends and family?
  • Would you like to learn some techniques on how to make your presentations interesting, informative and interactive?
  • (Here’s the solution): “Consider participating in a 6-8 week Speechcraft Program, where you will present short, effective speeches to a small group while improving your presentation skills with the help from an experienced Toastmaster advisor. All sessions are conducted in a friendly environment, no judgment is made and encouragement is abundant.”

The fear of speaking in front of an audience is all about the non-Toastmaster, not about joining a club to increase your membership strength – that’s a bonus. With the guidance from experienced Toastmasters, you can help them improve their speaking skills.

Sure, as a program host, you want these participants to join your Toastmasters Club...boost membership roster, add more variety to regular meetings, etc. Wait until the last session to make a pitch to join your club. Frequent mentioning of joining Toastmasters could disenchant the participant with the whole concept of Toastmasters and the benefits gained from Speechcraft.

If the program is conducted like an abridged Toastmaster meeting, the participant will feel more comfortable when they attend a regular club meeting…that’s a bonus!

Remember at the last Speechcraft session to INVITE all the participants to your club meeting and assure them they will receive a warm welcome and will be made to feel at home.

I believe as Toastmasters, we want to share our learning experiences; we want to encourage others to gain the benefits that you have gained; and, we want others to experience personal growth and development as they proceed through Pathways.

By marketing Speechcraft as a program to address “What’s in It for Me” (WIIFM) concerns, there is the potential to increase membership numbers, subtly. Continue to be mindful of who is attracted to Speechcraft and focus the benefits of Speechcraft as a solution to their “fears”.

Speechcraft plants the seeds to help grow the Toastmasters exposure to the community. With nurturing, mindfulness and persistence on the INTENT, your Toastmasters club will grow and who knows, maybe it will be responsible for the launching of a new club! That’s a bonus!

Margaret Waechter, ACG, ALB
Speechcraft Chair
District 86

D86 Toastmasters Speakers Bureau 2018-2019

Introducing The Speakers Bureau Team:

We have Roger Caesar as Chair, Jennifer Jones McConnell as the Speakers Bureau Coordinator and Hilgay Beckles as the Engagement Coordinator.

We're absolutely thrilled to be a part of District 86 Speakers Bureau. The Speakers Bureau provides an opportunity for Toastmasters wanting to hone their skills and speak outside of Toastmasters. We are working together with the District Leaders to provide you, the members, with an avenue to speak within the Community, Provincially and Internationally. We are looking for dynamic speakers who have achieved their ACB or higher, or equivalent designation in Pathways. For those who would like to apply to be a speaker with the Bureau please email speakersbureau@toastmasters86.org

If you know anyone who requires a Speaker for events, conferences, workshops, seminars, Keynote speaker etc, If you do please direct them to the Speakers Bureau and we will happily work with them to pair them with an appropriate speaker for their event.
Please email speakersbureau@toastmasters86.org

Does the Speakers Bureau sound like something you would like to be involved in?
Please contact us if your interested in helping and being part of the team.

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D86 Speakers Bureau Team: Roger, Jennifer and Hilgay 

Get Ready for Growth! Get Ready for Success!

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Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) Phase 2

Toastmasters Leadership Institute(TLI) presents training for - Club Officers, Area Directors and Division Directors. Learn as a team, understand the critical goals to success and how to make the member experience memorable.

Come out and experience training with a difference, bring your best practices and challenges and lets talk. We are here to help you succeed. Registration starts soon!

Date: January 19th 2019
Venue: Lincoln Alexander Secondary school | Malton

Distinguished Club Program in Pathways

The Pathways Experience has been challenging for many Toastmasters and educating our members has been slow but we are getting there with all the help from our District Leaders like Mikael Gatje our Pathways Chair. Visit his page and find out more about helpful Webinars and links to Toastmasters International educational material. Many of us are waiting for our big poster to display at our clubs to help educate our pathway members achieve goals towards their club's distinguished club program. The information below will help you reach your personal goals intern achieving your club's goals to reaching those Distiguished awards.

Distinguished Club Program

The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) is an annual award program recognizing clubs that provide an outstanding member experience. You play a vital role in your club’s participation in the DCP through your achievements. There are six educational DCP goals you and members of your club can fulfill:

  • Four members complete Level 1 in a learning path
  • Two members complete Level 2 in a learning path
  • Two additional members complete Level 2 in a learning path
  • Two members complete Level 3 in a learning path
  • One member completes Level 4 in learning path
  • One member completes Level 5 in a learning path
  • Contact your vice president education for more information on the DCP

Distinguished Toastmaster

Why stop at one path? Journey beyond being Proficient and receive the Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM). This is the highest individual honor you can achieve in Pathways. Earn your DTM when you fulfill the following requirements:

  • Completing two paths
  • Serving as a club officer for 12 months and participating in a district-sponsored club officer training program
  • Serving as a club mentor or coach
  • Serving as a club sponsor or conducting Speechcraft or a Youth Leadership Program
  • Serving as a district officer for one year
  • Completing DTM project

BE A CLUB COACH

Be a Club Coach

Being a Club Coach is very rewarding. Not only do you get to help fellow members, but you develop skills such as Listening skills. Critical Thinking skills, Analytical skills, Time Management skills, to name a few, that will serve you in your work and family environments.

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As our Club Extension Chair, Distinguished Toastmaster Diane Gordon said:

Club Coaches who serve in that position can be proud of the role that they play in the success of Toastmasters Clubs.”

What are the responsibilities of a Club Coach?

-          Establish a trusting relationship with the members

-          Attend Club meetings as often as possible

-          Conduct Moments of Truth

-          Work with Club Officers to develop a “recovery” plan

-          Work to establish ongoing, continuous membership building campaigns

-          Help to make meetings fun. interesting and full of energy

-          Help create a guest kit

The goal is to establish a sustainable plan that will bring the club back to a healthy level of membership. The word is SUSTAINABLE. The coach should make sure the plan will be effective long after he/she is gone. Too many times do we see a club getting back to charter strength one year and back below 12 members the following year.

To help the coach in making sure the plan is sustainable, our Club Retention Chair, Distinguished Toastmaster Brian Brennan developed a “Proposed Club Coach Recovery Plan”. You can ask your Area Director for a copy or you can find it on District 86 website under the “How To?” tab.

If you want to be a Club Coach, please send your request to: clubgrowthdirector@toastmasters86.org

Let’s help those clubs who are facing challenges to be successful. Become a Coach!

Click here to download Proposed Club coach recovery plan.

Cheers,

Jocelyne

OF THE YEAR AWARDS

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From the left: Spirit Award and Publicist of the Year-DENNIS BARTEL, DTM | Toastmaster OTY – MARK HAYES, DTM | Division Director OTY - KYLA WERRETT, DTM | Area Director OTY - LOU MULLIGAN , ACS,ALB | Club OTY for Education Leadership - PORT CREDIT TOASTMASTERS(Steve Eliot) | Club Coach OTY - DERIDOR COLLIER, ACS,ALB | Club OTY - ENERGETICS TOASTMSASTERS(Clifford Graham, DTM)  | Club OTY for Membership Leadership - BRAMPTON TOASTMASTERS(Eva Melakuova )  | Club President OTY - YOSHITH PERERA, ACS, ALB

Each year district 86 recognizes members whose exceptional dedication and enthusiasm supported the district mission.
The nomination and selection process is very challenging with so many outstanding nomination submissions to consider.
Here are the finalists who have contributed to their club, area, division and district.

District Spirit Awards

The Spirit of District 86 is awarded to a member who consistently exemplifies Toastmasters values, and who has made a significant and notable contribution to District 86's success.
Any member in good standing may be eligible for this award, except for elected District leaders. There were two nominees:
Lisa Hennessy, DTM, nominated by her Sudbury Area Clubs and Dennis Bartel, DTM, who won the award.

Dennis set the bar high when he served the district as the Public Relations Manager 2017-2018.
Always willing to help Dennis mentored his replacement Matthew Ogbulafor, designed the district backdrop and the 10th anniversary logo among others.

Publicist Of The Year

This award recognizes publicity efforts by promoting Toastmasters throughout the year toward achieving the district mission.
It's awarded to a member who does the best job of promoting Toastmasters through a variety of media and throughout the District.

Dennis Bartel was the recipient of this award, as he arranged for the city of Brampton to proclaim Toastmasters month and personally led a PR campaign with publicized visits to each of the clubs in Brampton.
He continues to personally promote the consistency of using the Toastmasters branding across the district.

Club Coach Of The Year

The Club Coach of The Year Award goes to a successful Club Coach who led their club back to Distinguished Club status. Club Coaches that make these opening criteria are measured on the breadth and depth of their activities. The nominees for
CLUB COACH OF THE YEAR were, Deridor Collier, Ambitious City and Jeanie Lai Sheridan Park. It was awarded to DERIDOR COLLIER, ACS,ALB

Collier, supported the Ambitious City club to grow and retain their membership to qualify for distinguished status along with 9 education awards. She participated at club meetings and executive meetings and mentored club members to achieve their goals. And became a highly valued member of the club.

Club President of the Year

The President of the Year Award is based on Toastmasters club activities and personal achievements, including educational program, club administration, membership, and other club activities.
The nominees were: Millie Leng DHL, Sonia McGregor Creekside TD and Yoshith Perera Brampton
YOSHITH PERERA was named the CLUB PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR. Leading this club to achieve president’s distinguished -
Hereès what one of his club members had to say about him,
“As president this past year I watched as a young man grew into the role of a leader seamlessly. He invoked confidence in his team and a desire to push forward by his members. He lead by example and allowed us as members to grow with him.

Club of the Year

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There are three levels to this award AND THREE DIFFERENT WINNERS.

Education Leadership won by PORT CREDIT TOASTMASTERS

The members of this club achieved 19 education awards in the legacy program AND 6 Pathways program for a total of 25 awards.

Membership Leadership, awarded to BRAMPTON TOASTMASTERS

This club has an overwhelming 20 members with over 3 years tenure, the club sponsored 2 youth leadership programs and 2 Speechcraft programs, has 2 new club mentors and members serving on the district executive and conference committee.

ENERGETICS Toastmasters won the Club of the year award.

This club achieved president’s distinguished by April 30, 2018 and achieved 42 educational awards # 14 in the world with 28 legacy and 14 Pathways awards including 3 DTM’s.

This club also focused on Strong membership building and retention efforts with 3 members serving on district executive, officer training, and district committees

Area Director of the year

The Area Director of the Year is based on the Area performance and the individuals' contributions to that achievement. last year there were 63 area directors.
The nominees were: Lou Mulligan Area D87, Cindy Tate Area 34, Muktha Tumkur Area D82

Lou Mulligan was the receipient of this award. He went above and beyond to support the members in the Area and became the club coach for one of the struggling clubs.

Of the 3 clubs to achieve presidents distinguished 2 of the clubs did so for the first time in recent years with this directors training and coaching.


Division Director of the year

This award recognizes the division director whose dedication, commitment and area team significantly contributed to achieving the district mission.
The nominees were: Maheeza Mohamed Division B and Kyla Werrett DTM Division D

The award went to Kyla Werret who achieved Presidents distinguished status, FIRST IN THE DISTRICT with 67% of the clubs achieving distinguished or better. Though two clubs were suspended early in the YEAR by April 3 new clubs were started. Providing opportunity for many members to serve as club sponsor and mentor.
She also took on the demanding role of the district’s alignment committee chair.

Toastmaster of the year – the top award of the district

This award recognizes one Toastmaster whose dedication, commitment significantly contributed toward achieving the district mission. Criteria include membership, education, leadership, public relations and Commitment and support of district, division and area events.

The nominees were: Dennis Bartel, DTM Hershaw, Raising Champions, Mark Hayes, DTM Port Credit and Sheridan Park and Thomas Mathai, Mississauga Sales and Marketing

MARK HAYES, DTM was pronouncedTOASTMASTER OF THE YEAR

A member of 2 clubs, his usual week will find him at club meetings or events 3 to 4 times a week.

Serving as leadership to HELP rebuild a struggling club to achieve presidents distinguished, participating at several prospective club demo meetings, mentoring a new club AND serving at contests. This toastmaster is always willing to help OUT.

A TRUE Supporter of the Toastmasters education program, Delivering dozens of manual speeches completing 12 personal education awards this year to earn his second DTM and is very close to his third.

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

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