Toastmasters Branding Advanced CANVA Workshop

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Toastmasters District 20 and Resources for Toastmasters (RTF) Facebook Group hosted a first and unique Toastmasters Branding Workshop from Kuwait City on Wednesday, 27 May via the ZOOM video conference platform. On the heels of that very successful workshop, Training Team conducted an Advanced CANVA Workshop on Thursday, 11 June. These passionate CANVA Trainers were: DTM Cajetan Barretto, TM Roshan Lewis, TM Naram Alaradi, and TM Bijal Karia. One interesting feature was the inclusion of Jess Ruyter, London-based CANVA Product Design Manager to ensure CANVA was used appropriately. The audience were fellow Toastmasters from Toastmasters Districts, in a Public Relations role and function at the Club level, at the District level worldwide.

Workshop Learning Objectives include: (1) CANVA Elements (2) CANVA in Action (3) CANVA Tools (4) CANVA App in Mobile (5) CANVA Hands-On. The entire workshop was conducted using tools from the basic free CANVA. Even though there are far greater tools, features and storage with the subscription CANVA PRO, it is not essential to go for that expensive option. The Learning Objectives for the Experienced Users includes: Start creating branding program for participant own District, and respective Clubs.

Training Team continued with their novel learning model by getting the participants to join a specially created WhatsApp Group 10 days prior to the workshop. There were such interest that the number was limited to a maximum of 256 participants, a feature of WhatsApp upper limit. The participants were users with some exposure, experienced users, and those in between. There were many opportunities for the group to share thoughts and experience in Toastmasters branding, content creation, and everyday challenges. The WhatsApp Group Members benefitted greatly from the feedback that the trainers provided to the participants individual attempts or submissions. Training Team went beyond the call of duty, by being available before and after the workshop!

All in all, the Training Team displayed leadership by providing exceptional initiatives and services to the Toastmasters Community. So proud to be experiencing first hand - Toastmasters Helping Toastmasters, previously in a basic CANVA Workshop, and now in the Advanced CANVA Workshop. We can all learn and aspire to become a better brand ambassador, to strengthen the brand and be compliant. To summarise on the impact of the Basic CANVA Workshop and Advanced CANVA Workshop - It has ripple effects on Toastmasters Branding worldwide.

For those who miss the workshop, as well as those who were at the workshop and want to go back and try the hands-on, there is indeed opportunity to learn from watching (and re-watching) the 2-hour workshop, that was recorded (https://youtu.be/h7R-9v71ngo).

Acknowledgements: (1) Trainer DTM Cajetan Barretto, Division F Director Elect, District 20 (2) Trainer TM Roshan Lewis (3) Trainer TM Maram Alaradi (4) Trainer TM Bijal Karia (5) DTM Ali Shabaz Region 11 Advisor, Past District Director 20 (6) DTM Noor Mohammad, Resources for Toastmasters Facebook Group Administrator (7) DTM Wafaa Salman, District Director 20 (8) DTM Mohamed Saleem, District Director 20 Elect (9) TM Priscilla Dias, Workshop Chat Monitor & Quality Assurance (10) Jess Ruyter, CANVA Product Design Manager, based in London, UK.

George How Pak Hing, PEng, DTM
OTM Oakville Toastmasters, Club Founder
Area Director of the Year, 2016-2017
Blog Submitted June 15, 2020

Toastmasters Branding Online Global Workshop

George How4District 20 and Resources for Toastmasters Facebook Group hosted a unique and amazing Toastmasters Branding Workshop on Wednesday, 27 March via the ZOOM video conference platform. The Workshop were conducted by Certified Trainer TM Cajetan Barretto from Kuwait, and Certified Trainer TM Verna Bonaby from Bahamas. Why unique Workshop? The audience were fellow Toastmasters from worldwide Toastmasters Districts, in a Public Relations role and function at the Club level, at the District level.


COVID-19 has been a challenging time for the whole world, including the Toastmasters International organisation. Toastmasters have been resolute and resourceful. Lockdown has been an opportunity for Toastmasters to connect with like-minded Toastmasters around the world via online meetings. Various Districts have already carried out their Annual Business Meeting via online format. It is also an opportunity for Toastmasters to learn something new, something productive when we are in a confined mode. This specific workshop was an opportunity for Toastmasters worldwide to learn about Toastmasters Branding.


Workshop Learning Objectives include: (1) Brand Color Palette (2) Logo (3) Fonts (4) Images (5) CANVA Hands-On. With a diverse audience, the Learning Outcome for the Novice Users includes: Start creating content that gives priority to branding guidelines; the Learning Objectives for the Experienced Users includes: Start creating branding program for participant own District.


Training Team decided to make the workshop a unique learning experience by getting participants to join a specially-created WhatsApp Group 10 days prior to the workshop, where there were some preparatory work. There were such enthusiastic interest that the number was capped to a maximum of 256 participants, a feature of WhatsApp upper limit. The participants were new users, experienced users, and those in between. There were countless opportunities for the group to share information, thoughts and experience in Toastmasters branding, content creation, and everyday challenges. The whole group benefitted from group osmosis and the feedback that the Training Team provided to the participants individual attempts and submissions.


The actual Workshop was well attended by over 200 plus eager participants. One can safely say that it was likely one of the largest group of like-minded members, coming together virtually from different parts of the world, focussed on Toastmasters brand awareness. At the end, there were lively sessions on Q&A on both TM Baretto’s and TM Bonaby’s presentations. The Chat Monitor compiled all queries to ensure that all were addressed. There is so much more to learn and explore by spending time on the Toastmasters International/Resources/Brand Portal Section, and CANVA Design Tool as reference starting point.


All in all, the Training Team displayed leadership by providing exceptional initiatives and services to the Toastmasters Community. So proud to be experiencing first hand - Toastmasters Helping Toastmasters. We can all learn and aspire to become a better brand ambassador, to strengthen the brand and be compliant. To summarise on the impact of the Toastmasters Branding Global Online Workshop - It has ripple effects on Toastmasters Branding worldwide.


Acknowledgements: (1) Trainer TM Cajetan Barretto, Incoming Division F Director, District 20 (2) Trainer TM Verna Bonaby, Incoming District Director 47 (3) DTM Ali Shabaz Region 11 Advisor, Past District Director 20 (4) DTM Noor Mohammad, Resources for Toastmasters Facebook Group Administrator (5) DTM Wafaa Salman, Past District Director 20 (6) Priscilla Dias, Workshop Chat Monitor & Quality Assurance.


George How Pak Hing, PEng, DTM
OTM Oakville Toastmasters, Club Founder
Area Director of the Year, 2016-2017
Blog Submitted May 28, 2020

First Time To The Conference?

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As a First Timer to the Conference you get treated royally. A special reception is held just for you where you have the opportunity to rub elbows with the District Trio, Toastmasters International Dignitaries and the accomplished DTM’s. A team building exercise helps break the ice and helps you get to know your fellow first timers, DTM's and Dignitaries a little bit better. This is done especially for the First Timers to welcome them and make them feel comfortable in unfamiliar territory when attending their first conference.

We want the First Timers experience to be a positive one. A chance to learning, gain knowledge, experience the workshops, observe the best of the best speakers, make new friends and have a lot of fun.

I’ll be looking out for you April 24th.

Eva Britton, DTM

District 86 Conference Co-Chair 2020

LINK to register on Eventbrite

LINK to conference page

Toastmasters: Your Pathway to Emotional Intelligence

By Philip Lai ACS, Area D82 Director, member of both Clarkson Toastmasters and Port Credit Club


There are more than 168,000 Toastmasters Clubs in 143 countries around the world today. Of the 358,000 plus members worldwide, many join Toastmasters to gain more confidence in public speaking. Since 1924, the Toastmasters program has provided a well-structured, positive and feedback-rich environment for members to build capability and confidence in communication at members’ own pace. The unique meeting format and educational system provide a near perfect environment in which members could invigorate their emotional intelligence, an integral part of effective leadership, while having fun. 

What is Emotional Intelligence (EQ)?

It is “the capacity for recognizing our own feelings and those of others, for motivating ourselves, and for managing emotions well in ourselves and in our relationships”. (Working with Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman).
According to Goleman, EQ is essentially a composite set of competencies that can be learned and significantly improved over time if appropriate learning conditions are present.
Generally speaking EQ is made up of five clusters of competencies. Mastery of these EQ competencies is critical to the overall successes and well-being in many aspects of our life according to the researchers.

The 5 Emotional Intelligence Competencies and Toastmasters Experiences

  1. Self Awareness - self knowledge, self confidence, and emotional awareness.
    Toastmasters Experience - Evaluation, with encouragement and constructive feedback, is the cornerstone of the Toastmasters program. Essentially, all speakers in the meeting will receive feedback one way or the other from fellow members. Sometimes, the feedback helps confirm what we already knew about our strengths and weaknesses. Other times, the evaluators would shed light on our “blind spots”, which could be our unrecognized strengths or stumbling blocks. These insights are critical and invaluable to the development of our self knowledge and understanding. 
  2. Self Regulation - self control and self management.
    Toastmasters Experience – While a typical Toastmasters speech would last between 5-7 minutes, it often takes hours if not days to prepare for it. It takes much efforts and planning to ensure we have a coherent message for the audience. Obviously, a great deal of self-management and prioritization are required to allow us to stay focused on the task. 
  3. Motivation - achievement, commitment, initiative, and optimism.
    Toastmasters Experience – Motivation works multiple ways in Toastmasters. First, members get guidance in developing our communication skills based on a well-structured curriculum called Pathways. We choose among the 11 Paths that are currently available based on own interest and aspiration. Each Path covers a variety of learning projects and speaking assignments spanning across 5 levels of complexity. Members’ achievement of each level is promptly recognized and celebrated at meetings.
    Second, members are encouraged to pursue our learning at our own pace. While it is not uncommon for many of us to complete our Pathways Level 1 in a number of months, quite a few others have indeed finished their entire Path in a similar time frame. It is therefore entirely up to us to make the journey a “dash” or a “marathon” as we are the one responsible for our own growth. 
  4. Empathy - awareness of others’ feelings, needs, and concerns.
    Toastmasters Experience – Members develop our speaking skills through giving and receiving mutual evaluation and feedback. The desire and ability to provide constructive feedback to each other is very important. For feedback to be of value to the receivers, it must be given with sensitivity and care. Above all, members need to have a heightened sense of awareness of the speaker’s feelings, goals and concerns. Empathy, therefore, is a key competence in providing constructive feedback and evaluation that motivate.
    As research has shown, empathy is a learned set of behaviors which can be improved through practices and receiving feedback. The good news is that the feedback-rich environment provided by the Toastmasters program offers an optimum condition by which we can develop our empathic capabilities effectively.
  5. Social Skills - influence, leadership, teamwork, and conflict management.
    Toastmasters Experience – members are offered many opportunities to develop social skills through the meetings and educational programs.
    It is also worth mentioning here is there are plenty of leadership development opportunities through serving on the club’s executive committee. By serving fellow members, club executives have the opportunity to sharpen their inter-personal and influencing skills, learn to collaborate with others by working through individual differences, and resolving conflicts constructively.

Conclusion

Emotional Intelligence is a learnable set of skills that matter much to our everyday life and overall well-being. With the right learning conditions, EQ competencies could be developed and greatly enhanced. The above-mentioned Toastmasters experiences represent a small sample of such learning opportunities. Readers are cordially invited to discover and benefit from the many more growth opportunities as you immerse yourselves in the vast array of Toastmasters experiences.

Dear Toastmaster Authors

Are you a Toastmasters Published Author or Do you know someone who is?

How would you like to connect with 200+ people in less than 3 days?

  • Sell your own products (book, DVD, multimedia, etc.) & Keep 100% of your earnings
  • Inspire a large audience and Gain exposure with your story
  • Have a dedicated space and Connect with other Toastmasters who are authors

Access poster & guidelines for the Author's corner HERE>>>
Register by April 4, 2020 for the full conference at  HERE>> to book your spot. 

Contact the Author Corner Chair Aurie Contosta at aurelieanne@hotmail.com to get your booth set up at

the Hilton Meadowvale, 6750 Mississauga Road, ON L5N 2L3

Thank you,
AURELIE-ANNE CONTOSTA
Authors’ Corner Chair

2020 Recipient of the Communication & Leadership Award

Anna Silgardo Founder of Artists In Momentum

Anna SilgardoA strong voice in the community, Anna Silgardo, is the Founder of Artists in Momentum, an organization committed to empowering, nurturing and sustaining the spirit of the individual. Through her organization Anna has taken a leadership role in encouraging self-reflection, stimulating the imagination while building self-esteem through creative self-expression. Believing in the therapeutic value of the arts, she uses it as the foundation to promote mental well-being, one life at a time, at a corporate and community level.
In April of 2016, Anna championed and took the lead on delivering programs as holistic outlets to help people deal with life’s many challenges. Spearheading the project, she brought together a group of multi-faceted artists to create 'The Starfish Collective' and went on to successfully deliver a unique program. First, of its kind in our community, this was made possible because of Anna's intense passion, leadership, communication skills while being dedicated to engagement in the arts while promoting mental well-being.
This is not the first time she has initiated community projects. In 2003, she created a series of interactive sessions for children and delivered them during March break to several Mississauga libraries. She has engaged senior executives at Bell Media and local Parent Advisory Boards to bring art to school corridors and corporate walls. Two of her 468 square foot murals, stand as silent testaments to this champion of the arts.
Over the past five years, she has worked tirelessly in building up artists from Mississauga and the GTA, encouraging and giving them a platform to showcase their art. In 2014 she gave young and emerging artists the platform to display their work. In 2015, 'Bun Bu Ichi' – a unique concept brought martial artists and visual artists together, to demonstrate that the artistic spirit moves both martial and visual artists.
In 2018, her ‘Through Glass' Art Series brought greater social awareness on issues surrounding mental health, and the stigma associated with it. Many of the artists who displayed their work, persevere through mental health challenges. The art series ended in a symposium 'Art in Everyday Life'. From concept to delivery, the symposium brought a diverse group of professionals together, to discuss the impact of arts as a tool for well-being. She started the first Arts for Mental Health Steering Committee for the Mississauga Region. Anna is constantly building networks with arts groups and community partners like the SAWITRI Theatre Group, The Mississauga Arts Council, WriteWell, Sky Studio, and the Saldanha Health Centre to develop and implement social prescribing through creative self-expression for the well-being of the community.
Presented by Mayor Bonnie Crombie, she is the 2019 recipient of the Mississauga Arts Council's Arts for Health Award, sponsored by Bell Canada. The award recognizes and validates Anna's leadership in developing and conducting arts for mental well-being programs in the community, especially among new immigrant women, isolated and marginalized individuals. Mississauga Mayor lauded Anna and her organization for "putting to work the therapeutic value of creative expression, as a means for enabling them to find themselves in their new country, to regain self-confidence, reduce anxiety and dispel depression, to ultimately achieve transformation results in every participant.”

Awards and Recognition
2015 – Gold Merit Award – Bell Canada
2014 to 2017 – Special recognition of contribution to the arts at various Bell locations in Toronto (can provide articles if required)
2015 – Winner of ‘Open Choice Award’ Mississauga Arts Council for community mental health art initiatives
2016 – Nominated for Laurie Pallet patron of the arts award – Mississauga Arts Council
2018 – Nominated for Heritage award Mississauga
2019 – Recognized at Queens Park for Community Arts
2019 – Nominated for Laurie Pallet patron of the arts award – Mississauga Arts Council
2019 – Recipient of Arts for Health Award – Mississauga Arts Council, sponsored by Bell Canada

Members Making a Difference and Distinguished Toastmasters

On November 23 2019, District 86 honoured all it’s Of The Year Award winners. We had an amazing night of celebration recognizing the successes of our leaders and members from the 2018-2019 Toastmaster year. In addition to the Of The Year Awrds we also recognized Members Making A Difference, Distinguished Toastmasters and Directors who's areas and Divisions received Distinguished status. 

Members Making a Difference Awards

Members Making a Difference

Starting from the left: Ken KlunderACG, ALB | Dennis Bartel, DTM | Gaby Mammone ACB, CL, PM4 | Louisa Steele, DTM | Tuula Redditt, DTM

DTMs

High fives went around the room with so many Distinguished Toastmasters being recognized, Congratulations!

Distinguished Directors

Check all these Distinguished Directors representing Distinguished Areas and Divisions for 2018-2019

Congratulations to all these inspiring members!

Of The Year Awards 2018-2019

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On November 23 2019, District 86 honoured all it’s Of The Year Award winners. We had an amazing night of celebration recognizing the successes of our leaders and members from the 2018-2019 Toastmaster year.

This year we had many nominees, I would like to identify each nominee before naming the winners of each category:

Alvin Abawan | Aurie Contosta | Brian Patton | Cal Lockhart | Candu Toastmasters | Cindy Tate | Confidentially Speaking TM | Deridor Collier |  Felicia Ketcheson | Firdaus Walele | Grant Bouchard | Halton Hills TM | Leslie Benfield | Margaret Waechter | Matthew Ogbulafor | Nancy Movrin | Peter Day | Ram Lakhanpal | Shamela Shah | Tim Douglin | Tuula Redditt | Vasu Desikachary

District Publicist of the YearMatthew Ogbulafor
Our District Publicist of the Year award celebrates the individual who made the biggest impact in helping promote Toastmasters in the community. Public Relations is challenging for some people and this year we were blessed with a wide range of novel ideas. We had clubs reaching out to their local media, we had several cities recognize Toastmasters Month and so much more. Matthew Ogbulafor has helped the District is a wide array of formats. Heplayed an integral part in Emailing all District members, was responsible for the distribution of the Newsletter, was a key coordinator in arranging the interview and subsequent promotion of the video of our International 1st Vice President Richard Peck DTM, managed some of our social media content on Facebook, and created 8 Press Releases and distributed them to the media.

Club Coach of the YearRam Lakhanpal
Our Club Coach of the Year submissions this year were amazing. I was amazed at how many awesome people were submitted. It makes me feel all warm inside knowing we have so many great coaches supporting our clubs. This year, club coaches were asked to submit a club recovery plan so that the Club Growth Director knew the coach and club were a good match and had a plan to achieve success. Ram Lakhanpal identified that new members needed a 10-step plan to their success in Toastmasters provided to them on the first day of membership, that additional Pathways support was needed, there were several opportunities to promote the club in the community using posters, Facebook, Meetup, as well as identifying many different little ways the club could take things they were doing to the next level. Evidently, they succeeded. Seven different club members with many of them being new achieved multiple educational awards, the club added 12 new members, the club achieved President’s Distinguished status, its club officers were trained in both rounds of training, hosted workshops on Pathways, Evaluations, Member Engagement, Motivating People, Meeting Roles, and Beginning Meetings with a Bang. Wow it made me out of breath just saying all this when I presented the award.

Club President of the YearLeslie Benfield
Leslie Benfield left me breathless with everything he has achieved. He has helped take their club to new heights. This club has 80% of its members enrolled in Pathways now, grew its membership by 18%, and has been promoted in many unique ways to promote its presence and establish relationships with clubs in many different locations in order to learn and adopt as many best practices as possible. Leslie earned seven educational awards on his own, coached a club to success, travelled all over to promote his club including Kitchener, Sudbury, Ottawa, Miami, Chicago, Dominican Republic, Georgetown in Guyana, was on television, attended multiple marketing expos, multiple contests, District 86 conference, the International Convention in Chicago, created a Gavel Club, the list could go on. Most importantly, Leslie led his club to President’s Distinguished status for the first time in the Chez Nous Toastmasters club history.

Area Director of the YearAurie Contosta (Area 44)
Aurie Contosta can be summarized in many different ways-a ray of sunshine, the Energizer Bunny, and someone who is always on the go. She has taken the role of supporting her clubs and Division to a whole extra level. The Area grew its membership by 3%, has 67% of its officers enrolled in Pathways, found a corporate sponsor for their Division’s Marketing Expo, provided an extra level of support to their fellow Area Directors, and supported their clubs so well that for the first time their area had two President’s Distinguished Clubs and one Distinguished Club. Additionally, she demonstrated the value of Toastmasters by earning 5 different educational awards, being a member of 3 different clubs-one of which is a French club, serving as a club officer in two of her clubs, , serving as a club coach, and more. Aurie enjoyed her Area Director role so much, she’s stepped up and is now serving as a Division Director.

Division Director of the YearCindy Tate (Division B)
Cindy Tate can be described as always willing to help and go the extra 100 miles to support her team. She had substantial Pathways support amongst her Division Leadership with 55 % of the club officers and members enrolled, earned two levels in two different paths herself, had several Area Directors earn levels in Pathways, had substantial Area Director Representation at all District Executive Council meetings and Division Council meetings, led 5 of 7 Area Directors to achieve Distinguished or better status, hosted the most successful Marketing Expo in District 86 as Division B’s was the only one to have many guests, served as a successful club coach, supported the oh-so-close creation of a club that added 21 new members to other clubs, created a second corporate club at their company that charted a few weeks late due to a few key individuals being on vacation, served as Assistant Area Director to one of their Area Directors going thru some very serious medical treatments, mentored members across 4 different clubs, is a member of 3 different clubs, had 21 clubs achieve Distinguished Status or better, and did all this while also serving as the District Alignment Chair where she also contributed well over 100 hours of service in addition to being the Division Director.

Toastmaster of the YearTuula Redditt
Tuula Redditt is always seen with a smile on her face and extending a helping hand. Tuula has shown dedication and leadership in regards to membership, education, and leadership. She has developed membership by providing workshops for their club Speak to Inspire, conducting membership building campaigns, sponsoring 3 new members, and supporting the marketing expo initiative throughout the District. In terms of education she has helped develop it throughout the District by providing club officer training, coordinating three different Speechcraft Programs,  a Youth Leadership Program, volunteering at club, area and Division contests, She earned 3 different levels in the Pathway program, and facilitating communication of all District education communication on the website. Tuula has served as a strong leader throughout the District by serving as a vital part of the District PR team last year as an assistant to the Public Relations Manager, serving on the Conference Committee, serving as a mentor and coach to multiple Area Directors in her Division, serving as a club officer, and mentoring 5 different members. In terms of public relations, she is immensely valuable. Tuula served as the Blog & Newsletter editor for her club and the District, served as the graphics coordinator for all District created materials for contests, business cards, the Go for Bold program, website banners and modules, and more. In addition she helped promote the District through her local Rotary club, her local Senior’s Center, and her local YMCA. Over and above all this, she went far beyond her own boundaries and learned how to help manage the District website so she could make updates to various forms, the District calendar, banners, modules, events, and more. When I presented the award, I was out of breath just thinking, never mind saying how Tuula Redditt has influenced people throughout our District.

Club of the Year Awards
For Club of the Year for District 86, this award is split into three categories – Membership Leadership, Education Leadership, and Overall Club of the Year. This award is based solely on the total number of points and we had fantastic candidates this year.

Clubs of the Year

Membership Leadership AwardHalton Hills Toastmasters Club
Our Membership Leadership Award recognizes overall membership growth and retention, District Support, Membership Years of Service, Community Programs, and Club Officer Training. Halton Hills has 11 members with 3 or more years of membership, 21 new members, two members served on the District Executive and on District Committees, one member served as a Club Coach and had all its club officers trained in both Phase 1 and Phase 2.

Education Leadership AwardCandu Toastmasters Club
Our Education Leadership Award recognizes overall Education Achievement in terms of the number of awards by combining the total number of awards in the Legacy and the Pathways programs. Candu had 26 awards last year between the Legacy and the Pathways programs with 21 of them coming from Pathways. They are a true leader in the adoption of the new Toastmasters Education program.

Club Of the YearClub of the YearConfidentially Speaking Toastmasters Club
Our Overall Club of the Year recognizes achievement in both the Membership and Education categories. This is the third time that Confidentially Speaking has earned this award and this year they earned 40 awards between the Legacy and the Pathways programs and they are a club that believes in maintaining its members with 18 having three or more years of membership and they also had 40 new members. They also had all seven club officers trained in both Phase 1 and Phase 2.

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