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.

Speakers Bureau Team3

D86 Speakers Bureau Team: Roger, Jennifer and Hilgay 

Get Ready for Growth! Get Ready for Success!

OfficerTraining

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 participations and achievements. There are six educational DCP goals you and members of your club can fulfill: You and the members of your club can get 6 points for your Education achievements through any of the following:

Education

  • Two Competent Communicator (CC) awards
  • Two additional Competent Communicator (CC) awards
  • One Advanced Communicator Awards (ACB, ACS, ACG)
  • One additional Advanced Communicator Awards (ACB, ACS, ACG)
  • One Leadership awards (CL, ALB, ALS) or Distinguished Toastmaster Award (DTM)
  • One additional CL, ALB, ALS or DTM - award
  • Four Pathways Level 1 awards
  • Two Pathways Level 2 awards
  • Two additional Pathways Level 2 awards
  • Two Pathways Level 3 awards
  • One Pathways Level 4 award
  • One Pathways Level 5 award

All Pathways Education awards must be submitted both in Basecamp and in Club Central

DTM

  • Why stop at one path? Journey beyond being proficient and receive the Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM). This is the highest individual level of educational achievement  honor you can achieve in Pathways. Earn your DTM through Pathways when you fulfill the following requirements:
  • Complete two learning Paths
  • Serve as club officer for 12 months and participate in a District-Sponsored Club Officers Training program
  • Serve a complete one-year term as a district officer
  • Serve successfully as a club mentor or coach
  • Serve Successfully as a Club sponsor or conduct Speechcraft or Youth Leadership program
  • Complete a DTM-project

In Memory of Veronica Crick CL, CC

Yellow… Her Favourite Colour

I would like to share a poem I wrote on behalf of Speak To Inspire Toastmasters Club. Veronica Crick will be deeply missed after losing the battle to cancer Friday Oct 26th 2018. by Tuula Redditt

As she walked through the doors,
The room filled with light,
Dressed in beautiful yellow,
And a smile so bright.

As she walked up on stage,
For the very first time,
We saw her great strength,
And we knew she’d be fine.

Have you ever had lemons,
Thrown at your head?
That day we had caught them,
And made … Lemonade!

She spoke of life challenges,
So powerfully sour,
Adding sugar and ice,
To give her the power.

Yellow… her favourite colour,
I see everywhere I go,
like the large yellow maple,
Shining through the front door.

Her magnanimous spirit,
Will always live on,
In all who were touched
By her spirit so strong.

We will never forget,
Her message she made,
When life throws you lemons,
Then make lemonade!

VeronicaCrick

Murder at Collingwood Toastmasters!

CollingwoodTMI'm just as shocked as you are! How could a club be associated with murder! But fear not, everything was alright! You see, a few months back, our club decided we wanted to do something fun and out of the ordinary. One member suggested a murder mystery themed meeting, and others were quite keen on the idea. After a few months, and quite a bit of coordination and planning, we finally held our murder mystery meeting. Those giving prepared speeches played the roles of various suspects, and Table Topics gave everyone a chance to make their case to who did it, and why. Everyone really got in to their characters by dressing up and putting on a good show. Some members even made special treats around the theme! Quite a few guests showed up that night. We even had a former Toastmaster whom is a professional photographer come out and snap some really good pictures of the event. And in the end, we all found out that it was the I.T. consultant who was embezzling money from the company that did it! So I'll pass the question off to you, will your club be the next murder sight?

 

Speak To Inspire TM Open House Event Sept 26th

Speak to Inspire TM Open House

On Sept 26th Speak to Inspire TM had our second open house of the year. I have to say it was a great success. Although our club is a small group that meets at the education and training Centre In Brampton at noon hour, we ceratinly have a lot of traffic each week. Our guest packages run out on a weekly basis being a newcomer centre and providing employment services for people looking for work. 

Phil Coakley ALB, ACS presented an inspiring keynote speech called "What do we Hear?" Phil has been a long term member of our club and perviously was a long time member of Bolton Banter Toastmasters. He received the Triple Crown award last Year and our Skinny Branches Award in 2017. Phil is in the process of completing his Advanced Communicator Gold. 

Since our open house 2 of our visitors have now joined our club. We are looking forward to watching our membership grow and proving that Open Houses do work. Earlier in the year on Jan 31st we had the pleasure of having Roger Caesar present a speech at our first Open House of the year. Check out the blog from that open house.

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

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.

club coach

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

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

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