Talk up Toastmasters - Its PIZZA time


Check the following winning clubs.

Congratulations to:

Destiny Toastmasters Club
Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters
Halton Hills Toastmasters
City of Brampton Toastmasters
Creekbank Toastmasters Club
Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club
Hatch Mississauga
Stoney Creek Toastmasters
London City Hall
One London Place Toastmasters
Guelph Public Speakers
Waterloo Silver Tongue Club



Destiny Toastmasters Candu Toastmasters
Speakers of the Hill Mississauga Sales & Marketing Toastmasters
GE Markham Toastmasters Lakeview Toastmasters Club
Brampton Club   Comfortably Speaking 
Brampton Speakeasy Toastmasters Lambs to Lions  
Raising Champions Advanced Toastmasters Soar to Excellence Toastmasters Club
Tangri Toastmasters Steeltown Toastmasters Club
Baylis Medical Toastmasters Honeymoon City Club
Creekbank Toastmasters Club Niagara College Toastmasters
Confidently Speaking Toastmasters Club Burlington Advanced
Sheridan Park Toastmasters Club Voix du Nord  


Mots du Midi   Village Toastmasters  
London Western Club Centre Wellington  
London City Hall   Guelph Public Speakers  
One London Place Toastmasters High Noon Toastmasters
First Class Toastmasters Club KW Communicators Toastmasters
Tillsonburg Toastmasters Club Waterloo Silver Tongue Club
Strathroy Toastmasters Club          


What’s Happening in Speechcraft?

Are you conducting OR have you conducted a Speechcraft Program yet? If yes, let me know ASAP at I want to let District 86 Toastmasters know of YOUR team collaboration, time management, dynamic leadership and effective coaching skills. WOW – you’re amazing!! [I’m being sincere here!]

Are you still “thinking” about co-ordinating a Speechcraft (SC) program? I have heard that some Toastmasters are thinking that conducting a Speechcraft program would satisfy the requirements for their HPL. SORRY, NO CAN DO. Jocelyne Vezina, DTM, Club Growth Director was informed by Toastmasters International that the High-Performance Leadership Project (HPL) must be a project that is NOT created by Toastmasters International such as Youth Leadership Program or SPEECHCRAFT. Why not connect with me at for some ideas that could be considered when organizing a SC program?

To Area Directors and Division Directors – have you considered conducting an Open House event that leads to announcing a community Speechcraft program? Maybe your clubs are experiencing low membership and don’t have enough experienced Toastmasters to co-ordinate and lead a CLUB Speechcraft program. Well – why not ‘pool’ those resources and conduct a SC program? On Speechcraft Graduation Night, conduct another “open house”, showcasing the rewards of participating in a SC program [SC participants giving testimonials on what they’re taking away from the program]. Have a chart showing your Area/Division Toastmasters Clubs contact information available at the door. Another tool to building membership.

One night after leaving a SC session, I experienced an epiphany moment…don’t get them often! As you may know, each week, the participants receive a fundamental or tool to help them craft a speech. Then, they would go home, write a speech that incorporates those principles/fundamentals learned and present their speech at the next session. When the SC program is finished, they get a Certificate of Achievement and an invite to join the Toastmasters club. I felt that the non-Toastmaster needed something MORE…something to tie each session together…something to jog their memory of the fundamentals for crafting a speech.

Now here’s the epiphany – why don’t I prepare an easy to follow checklist or summary that captures the fundamentals or principles that were taught in Speechcraft. This memory jogger could get the creative juices flowing, putting thoughts into a logical sequence and adding some enhancements to keep their audience engaged. YESSS – even novice Toastmasters can use this CHECKLIST. WOW – what an idea! Have a looksee.

Ta Ta For Now,
Margaret Waechter, ACG, ALB
District 86 Speechcraft Chair

Your Vote Is Important

The District 86 Council Annual Virtual Business Meeting April 25, 2020, starting at 1:00 pm.

You must register for the business meeting to pre-register by April 20th, to be eligible to vote.

There is no cost to register. Register here for the Annual Business Meeting on April 25, 2020.

Candidate Showcase

Saturday: 12:00pm – 12:45 pm - held virtually 

Not sure who to vote for? Come and listen to the Trio candidates answer questions and get interviewed by Past District Leaders. There is no cost to attend.

Attending the Showcase? The taped interviews will be viewable online by logging into the business meeting at 12:00 PM.

Why Vote?

  • Participate in decisions affecting the members of District 86, including your club.
  • Enable the District to carry on its business and vote for next year's elected Directors.

Who Can Vote?

  • District Executive Committee members.
  • Your club has 2 votes: Club president and club vice president education of a club in good standing. (dues paid by March 30).
  • No Proxies, votes cannot be reassigned
  • District Executive Committee members have one vote. This vote cannot be assigned via proxy.

Pre-Registration is Requested by April 20, 2020

  • Indicate your attendance at the meeting and pre-register for your ballot by April 20, 2020.
  • Click here to register for the Annual Business Meeting on April 25, 2020.
Important Documents to Read (documents available under About > D86 Business Meeting Materials

Kristina Johnston, DTM, IPDD
District 86 Credentials Chair

Your Club Meeting Is Your Product

In January Kristina, Jacklyn and I went to mid-year training. One of the workshops we attended was on branding. 

I really liked the analogy they used to make the point about how important branding is in today’s world.

Think about this. You are in a foreign country and it is lunch time. You are looking for a place to eat but you can’t read the signs on the building. What happens if you spot, in the distance, the “M” of McDonald?  What goes through your mind? Do you keep looking for a restaurant or do you head for the McDonald? How did you know it was a McDonald?

That’s the power of a brand. Anywhere you go in the world, you recognize the McDonald logo and you know you will have food that will be like home. Consistent quality.

What is your “M”? Your banner, your guest kit, your agenda? 

Your Banner: 
A few years ago, Toastmasters International change the colours of the banner to Blue and Burgundy. Your banner should reflect the new colours. If you still have the yellow one, I encourage you to buy the new one. By displaying the yellow banner, you are confusing your guests. That does not mean you need to get rid of the yellow one. No, it is part of the club’s history. But you should not display the yellow banner as the main banner. If you have ribbons, transfer them to the new banner. Those accomplishments deserve to be displayed. It’s part of your success and who you are as a club. Your banner is the first sign that your guests are at the right place. Like the “M” display it proudly for all to see.

Your Guest Kit:
What is in your guest kit? Is your material all from Toastmasters International? If not, is it on Toastmasters International stationary? Are you using the proper font? You can be creative in what you want your guests to take home with them. Just make sure you are using the right stationary. 

Your Agenda:
Does your agenda have the Toastmaster logo? What font are you using? Do you have the club mission on it? Does it list the officers of your club, when you meet, where you meet? Does it have your club name, number and the date of the meeting? If the agenda is the only piece of paper your guests take with them, you want to make sure it has all the information your guests nee to find you again.

You can find all kinds of branded material on Toastmasters International website under “Resources”. 

Your club meeting is your product. Imagine if McDonald had a different experience every time you walk in one of the restaurants. The quality of your meeting, starting with the way you brand your meeting, is what will bring your guests back. You can be creative, change your meeting format, have fun all within the brand’s guideline. 

Become as recognizable as the “M”.

Jocelyne Vezina, DTM

D86 Club Growth Director

Personal Branding @ Toastmasters

When I began my career in a multinational company decades ago, I was asked to attend a mandatory workshop for all employees focusing on the value of the company’s brand and the measures to safeguard it. Those conversations left a strong impression on me as a young manager. After all these years, the core message remains: it takes years if not decades to build a successful brand but it would only take one misuse to destroy it totally. I just googled and found out that my former employer’s brand* is now worth US$34.2 billion. No wonder!

Interestingly, as individuals, we ARE our own brand. Though we may not be able to attach a price tag to it, our personal and professional success depends much on our personal brand. Building and safeguarding it are by default essential life skills for us to master. What follows is a brief summary of personal brand* which I hope helps clarify the concept and prompt us to take necessary actions to insure its equity.

According to the experts, our personal brand is made up of at least 4 elements:

  • Competence: it refers to our knowledge, skills, and behaviors. It is the most obvious and basic quality of an individual and often referred to as the “ticket in the door”. Personally, I don’t believe we need to be an expert to be competent, especially in Toastmasters. However, it is important that we persist in and demonstrate our learning over time. After all, Toastmasters is about growing our competence in communication and leadership through active participation in the educational programs.
  • Image: it refers to how we present ourselves to others. It is primarily about our physical appearance, grooming and our demeanors in different situations, especially under stressful conditions. Our image is often being tested when we are “caught off guard”. Knowing our own hot bottons for stressors is important, as well as developing our capability to manage our emotions under stress. Serena William’s out-burst at the 2018 USA Tennis Open is an example of how a positive image could be tarnished in a matter of seconds.
  • Reputation: it refers to the opinions of others on us. At a glance, our reputation seems to be something beyond our immediate control. However, if we see reputation as a cause, rather than an effect, we would be much more proactive in managing our interactions with others. Being more empathic would be a good step in the right direction as we endeavor to see things from others’ perspectives. For those who are active in social media, perhaps be more discreet in our public posts and comments could be a case in point.
  • Visibility: it refers to the opportunities through which we could be seen. It may have to do with getting involved in larger scale projects and special assignments. Networking, volunteering, and speak-up are a few other ways to become more visible. In Toastmasters, it could mean visiting other clubs, performing different roles in meetings, taking up formal or informal roles at Club, Area, Division or District level, and of course submitting blogs to your District website once in awhile!

*General Electric Company

Philip Lai,

President(2018-2019 Term),

Port Credit Toastmasters Club

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


District 86, Division A Toastmasters Expo



Do you have a fear of public speaking or impromptu speaking? Jennifer Hutter, a Toastmasters member, quoted “Interviews were a nightmare for me. My face would get red and my mouth would get dry. Suddenly, I forget how to speak. I join toastmasters 4 months ago because I’m sick of my nervousness getting way of my success.”

If this statement resonates with you, we are extending this invitation to you to attend District 86, Division A Toastmasters Expo. at Markham Civic Centre in Canada the Room on Thursday, January 24, 2019 from 6:30 PM for registration and commences promptly at 7 PM to 10 PM.

We are thrilled to announce that District 86, Division A Toastmasters Expo will commence its very first Toastmasters Club meeting. Jennifer Jones McConnell, District 86 Speakers Bureau Coordinator, Markham Talk of The City Club President, Advance Communication Bronze and Advance Leadership Bronze, will conduct a workshop on the benefits of Toastmasters and a fun-filled Table Topics session.

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide non-profit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization's membership exceeds 352,000 in more than 16,400 clubs in 141 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasterson Twitter.

For more information:

  • Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
  • Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM EST
  • Location: Markham Civic Centre | Canada Room | 101 Town Centre Boulevard | Markham | ON | L3R 9W3
  • Admission: Free

register here on eventbrite

Youth Leadership Program Cyril Clark Library Oct 20 to Dec 8th, 2018

CC YLP 14 18

My name is Cal Lockhart and have on several occasions assisted and acted as a judge for Gavel Club (junior Toastmasters) speech contests. On these occasions, those kids are nothing short of amazing! Granted, in the contest arena we are treated to the ‘creme de la crème’ of the genre.
I was told of a previous Youth Leadership Program (YLP) that the Brampton Library had sponsored, where only 12 of the starters actually completed the program. Taking on this YLP I was astounded that of the 26 participants 24 completed the program! I arbitrarily added one whose father told me that his son was on the waiting list and was very anxious to be part of the program.
Our 9 week program was reduced to 8 weeks. I had planned the 9th session to include the representatives from the Brampton Library, Brampton City Council and other dignitaries from the Toastmasters Organization and district 86. The participants however, in one of the Parliamentary Procedures exercises, made a motion which was seconded, that we cancel the 9th session and that a simple Certificate Presentation Ceremony be held instead on the 8th week. The motion was discussed by the group, the question was called and passed by a huge majority. Hence, I "bowed to the will of the people" and cancelled my 9th session plan.
I must add that not since my experience as Assistant Scoutmaster, between the late 1950's and early 1970's, had I ever dealt with teenage boys, and I have never encountered teenage girls at all. To do so, in a quasi-academic situation was enlightening, to say the least! While I tried to treat the group as young adults, I was never certain that the approach was either proper or appropriate. Nevertheless, it was the 'road taken' and my approach never changed.
I was, therefore, absolutely astonished by the program evaluations from 21 of 24 participants of the program. It would appear that they not only heard an 80 year old man talk, they ACTUALLY LISTENED, and apparently learned! That is a measure of success!
With respect to our desire for 100% attendance, I'm very much of the view that such is an 'impossible dream'. Some of the reasons for this included pressing appointments with University of Toronto with possible ambitions to enroll as students for a coming term. Also withe the fast approaching holiday season, with its associated needs for shopping, parties and social events tends to rate much higher on 'Mazlow's Hierarchy of Needs' than the requirement to listen to an old man talk!
In summary, in retrospect I think the program was far more successful than I had imagined to have ever thought possible. I am grateful by the encouraging comments provided by the participants, and I am appreciative of the opportunity afforded me by the Brampton Library and my home club 'Speak To Inspire Toastmasters'.

With my very best regards,
Cal Lockhart ALB, ACG

To view the PDF of evaluations click HERE.

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