Reflections on Past D86 Toastmaster Events by Margaret Waechter

Area & Division Speech Contests - (Oct. 2nd and Oct. 16th, 2015)

It was autumn and Toastmaster Clubs all around the district were busy, gathering their top-notch presenters to compete in their Area and Division speech contests. Despite the low attendance at Area 61 and Division W speech contests, the audience thoroughly enjoyed these presentations and the fellowship during intermission. It’s disappointing that fellow Toastmasters slough off supporting those speakers participating in contests. When I compete, I draw energy from the audience and in some cases, the size does matter! You’d be surprised the number of speech ideas and new delivery techniques that I “pick up” when attending other Toastmaster events!

Division Club Officer Training – Round 2 - (Jan. 15th, 2016)

A great refresher for your Club Officer role AND a strategic move to entice “wannabe Club Officers” to hear what’s involved by serving in this capacity. It supplements what the potential new club officer hears straight from “the horse’s mouth”. Division W team did a good job in promoting this training event. The 2 presentations were insightful and entertaining; however, I felt not enough time was allocated to the Officer training sessions…more time (than 30 minutes) needed to network with fellow officers on what is working for them, what’s not working for them and any “new ideas” that have been implemented for the good of their club.

D86 Business Mtg at Conference - (Nov. 14th, 2015)

A GREAT improvement over the Spring 2015 business meeting!!! The entire format was well orchestrated and professionally managed. Kudos to all who prepared for this session of the Fall Conference. I certainly won’t begrudge attending future business meetings, so long as they continue with this style/format.

D86 Fall Conference in Blue Mountain - (Nov. 13-15th, 2015)

I admire those Toastmasters who put so much blood, sweat and tears into organizing and executing an event as encompassing as our District Conferences. If you found yourself grumbling about anything – volunteer your services next time. It is at these conferences that Toastmasters have an opportunity to SPEAK, LEAD and GROW. Where else can you network with others in a friendly, energetic and safe environment? Exchange ideas and gather tips or ideas for future presentations? Possibly glean solutions from others who have shared your Toastmaster challenges both inside the club or personally. This is where it all comes together – sharing….listening……implementing.

Judges Training Workshop – Division W - Oct. 24th, 2015

How does a club cultivate judges for future contests? How does a Toastmaster become proficient when judging speech contests? Is enough encouragement given to club members to develop these judging skills? When a Judges Training Workshop is announced in your Division, I urge you to participate in this type of workshop. Perhaps you’ve already attended a training session – years ago; so once is enough? Each time that I’ve attended, I picked up another facet of judging that, for some reason, flew in one ear and out the other at a previous training! Remember – judges are anonymous (should be) to the contestants and all comments/results are confidential. So what’s stopping you from stepping forward to offer your judging experience and skills at the next speech conference? Anchor your learnings by

Margaret Waechter
Waterloo, ON

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