Welcome to the 21st century

Since 2010 Toastmasters International has been working on a new educational program. After many delays and frustrating false starts, we finally have a new education program that, in my opinion, brings Toastmasters International in the 21st century. This program allows TI to compete with some of the best leadership skills programs on the market.

Pathways Learning Experience is a robust education program that will give you opportunities to grow your skills as a leader. The program is divided in five core competencies:

  1. Public speaking
  2. Interpersonal communication
  3. Strategic leadership
  4. Management
  5. Confidence

You will have a choice between ten paths:

  1. Dynamic leadership 
  2. Effective coaching 
  3. Innovative planning 
  4. Leadership development 
  5. Motivational strategies 
  6. Persuasive influence
  7. Presentation mastery
  8. Strategic relationships
  9. Team collaboration
  10. Visionary communication

Each path has five levels:

  1. Level 1. Mastering fundamentals. This level is the same for everybody regardless of the path you choose. That’s where you will do your Ice Breaker, learn how to evaluate and give feedback and acquire skills on how to research and present your topic.
  2. Level 2. Learning your style. On this level, you will be introduced to the Toastmaster mentoring program, you will start understanding your leadership/communication style.
  3. Level 3. Increasing knowledge. On this level, the projects are related to the path you have chosen. For example, if you have chosen Motivational strategies, on Level 3 you will learn about Emotional Intelligence.
  4. Level 4. Building skills. On that level, you will accelerate your understanding of the subject you choose. For Motivational strategies it means projects around motivating others.
  5. Level 5. Demonstrating expertise. On that level, you will be asked to reflect on the knowledge and skills you have acquired throughout the Path.

Starting on Level 3 you will be able to add electives to explore other areas you might be interested in that are not part of your path. For Motivational strategies for example, at Level 3 you can choose 2 electives among 12 suggestions. On Level 4 you can choose one among 8 suggestions and on Level 5 you can choose one among 6 suggestions.

Pathways is an exciting new way for you to gain new skills and competencies that you will use in your daily life. At your own pace, you will explore such subjects as: How to Create effective visual aids, how to Create a podcast or how to Prepare for an Interview.

See you on the Path!

Jocelyne Vezina

Pathways Chief Ambassador

Learn more at: https://www.toastmasters.org/Pathways-Overview

Toastmaster Strategies-Part 1

My Toastmasters Strategy for Success – Part 1 by Muktha Tumkur, P. Eng., MBA

Muktha TumkurI have been a Toastmaster on and off since 2007 and am currently a member of the Port Credit Toastmasters Club in Mississauga. My most recent hiatus from Toastmasters was because I was completing an MBA. In the MBA program the courses that resonated the most for me were the ones related to strategy. I was surprised to learn how many companies struggle with their strategies (if they have them at all) to be successful. Successful companies have a solid vision, related measurable goals, transparency to share what they need with all staff, and they measure their results regularly to track performance.

Toastmasters, like any successful organization, have a clear vision, mission, strategy and goals to achieve their strategy. They are also transparent and share all of this information freely because they know that their success depends on yours, as a member. The benefits that you gain from your Toastmasters experience are measured throughout the entire organization. Therefore, Toastmasters membership certainly has its benefits!

Since you are President and CEO of “Me Inc.”, lay out your vision, mission, and strategy for your communication and leadership goals. Once you have that roadmap and you commit to it, you will succeed. Here are some tips so that you can be more strategic in your goals:

  • If your goal is to improve public speaking, the leadership track helps too. At every meeting, you should try to have a speech, and a leadership role. You can be evaluated for a speech and one leadership role in any one meeting. Take on a leadership role at each meeting and try to complete speeches with a regular frequency
  • It’s about quality (not paralysis by analysis), not quantity. Rehearse your speeches for timing and delivery!
  • For speeches, pick a topic that interests your audience, send an outline to your mentor, and rehearse for timing and delivery, which develops confidence!
  • Read the Evaluation Guide and evaluator’s criteria in your manuals carefully before you take on roles and especially for speeches. The evaluation guide is how you are being evaluated, so if you want a good evaluation, see what you are being evaluated on.
  • Reach out to a fellow member in advance to ask them to be a speech evaluator for you. This gives them time to read the evaluation guide and allows them to come prepared to the meeting along with you.
  • Use the leadership roles Project Matrix and develop a strategy that works for you. You can take on the timer role every week until you don’t need the credit anymore. You can also approach it by project and take on the roles that help you to finish one project at a time.
  • Help Organize a Club Speech Contest, Club Speech Contest Chairman, Help Organize a Club Special Event…. We have lots of events coming up, and we need horsepower to make them happen. Please contact your VP Ed for information on how you can gain more leadership skills.
  • Ensure that the Project Completion Record at the back of your CC and CL manual are up to date and signed off by the VP Ed as soon as you complete a project. Leaving it until you finish all ten projects can be a nightmare.
  • For effective meetings, the meeting agenda and duty roster must be prepared weeks in advance by the VP Ed. Set targets for yourself and help the club by signing up for roles and speeches in advance.

I titled this article with “Part 1” because we can learn so much from each other. I am sure that many of you have similar strategies, which helped you achieve your Toastmasters communication and leadership goals effectively. I challenge you to write the next article for this series!

The Town of Oakville Proclaims March 2017 Toastmasters Month in Oakville

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ProclamationwebOn February 13, 2017 the Town of Oakville Mayor, Rob Burton proclaimed March 2017 Toastmasters month in Oakville. Area 35 Director George How Pak Hing, began the process by contacting the Mayor's office in December 2016.

A joint effort between Area 35 and Area 36 the following Toastmasters were on hand  to receive the proclamation. 

Tracey Harding (Division B Director) , George How Pak Hing (Area 35 Director), and Renata Noronha (Area 36 Director)

Chelsea Shen (Member of Trafalgar club), Nikolina Ivankovic (President Horizon Toastmasters), Taylor Poulin (President of Callisto Toastmasters), Ben Reimer (President of Sheridan Bruins Toastmasters), Allan Osborne (Member of First Oakville Toastmasters), Carol Edelkoort (President of Burloaks Toastmasters), and Paul Van Oosten (Member of GE Toasters).

Community and Corporate Clubs from Area Clubs in Area 35 and 36 that are in Oakville

  • Trafalgar Club
  • Horizon Toastmasters
  • Glen Abbey Toastmasters
  • Callisto Toastmasters
  • Sheridan Bruins Oakville Toastmasters
  • First Oakville Toastmasters
  • Burloaks Toastmasters
  • GE Toasters 

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A New Club in Oakville

Toastmasters Month is in conjunction with the launch of a new community-based club, Oakville Toastmasters. A first launch meeting was held on Thursday, Feb. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Joshua's Creek Arenas, 1663 North Service Rd. E. Another launch meeting is scheduled for Feb 23 at same time and location. "Twenty members are required before the club can receive a charter" says George How, Area 35 Director. 

Toastmasters International was founded in 1924 and the First Toastmasters Club in Oakville was founded 60 years ago.

 

Club Officer Training Opportunity- Lunch Hour

LUNCH HOUR Club Officer Training - Mon, Feb 27 - 11:45 AM to 1 PM

Fabulous News!!! Area 42 Division C is hosting a Lunch Hour Club Officer Training.
This is a great opportunity for any club officers who may have missed earlier training.
Ensuring club officers are properly trained means stronger Toastmaster clubs!

  • Club Officer Training provides valuable training, advice, and resources.
  • Training provides one of the goals of the Distinguished Club Program (DCP).
  • It is a requirement for recognition as Advanced Leader Bronze (ALB).

LUNCH HOUR Club Officer Training:
Date: Monday, February 27th
Time: from 11:45 AM to 1:00 PM (EST) Doors open at 11:30 AM to sign in
Location: Canada Revenue Agency Toronto West TSO
Address: 5800 Hurontario Street, Room 2-029, Mississauga, ON L5R 4B4

Register via e-mail: mccullmayhew@gmail.com
Registration Deadline: End of day, Friday, February 24th
Seating is limited to 60 people!

BONUS: NO Registration Fee
Visitor Parking: North of the building and in the west lot.
Upon arrival, take the elevator to the 2nd floor. A Toastmaster will greet and guide you to room 2-029. Feel free to bring your lunch. Bottled water will be available.

Have a Quality Club - Club Growth February 2017 Message

Club Growth Director District 86 - Glynis D'souza DTM

We are embarking into the 8th month of the Toastmasters year, with just 4 more months to go.  We have already started 9 new Toastmasters Clubs, and are working on several new prospective clubs! 

This is a crucial turning point for your club. It’s time to make sure you have a Quality Club with VFTM – Variety, Fun, Timely Meetings and Manual Speeches Time to check if all your officers have been trained and you’re on track for DCP!  Talk Up Toastmasters Membership Contest runs from Feb 1 to Mar 31, a chance to add members and win prizes.  Open Houses, Guest Packages, Incentive programs will get you there! You snooze you lose. Make sure you grab the chance to put your club in the winning spot! I can’t wait to see you on stage at Spring Conference and celebrate your success!

Membership Contest

The Talk-Up Toastmasters Membership Contest runs from February 1 to March 31, 2017. This is an excellent opportunity to host Open Houses, give out Guest Packages, run Membership Building Contests and earn prizes from both Toastmasters International and District 86 for adding 5 new, dual or reinstated members. Prizes include a ribbon for your banner, 10% discount at the TI Shop and as a bonus, District 86 is offering a special prize of a $25 USD Gift Certificate to any club that adds 5 new members!

Officer Training and Incentives

If you and your fellow club officers haven’t had a chance to attend Club Officer Training, additional opportunities are available for Round 2 training until Feb 28, 2017. Pay renewals for all members to WHQ on or before March 15, 2017. Be one of the first clubs to do this or pay your full membership renewal for 20 or more members by March 15, 2017 and earn a chance to receive up to $100 USD in Gift Certificates! 

Please also encourage club members to sponsor five, 10 or 15 new members as part of Sponsor Awards where they receive a special pin from TI.

Hosting 2 Open Houses this term, adding 5 members and completing the year at charter strength of 20 or more members will also make the club eligible for $50 USD in Gift Certificates.

As your club adds new, dual or reinstated members, please make sure you help them complete and sign the latest approved Membership Application Form.

For more information about our District’s Club and Membership Incentives, click here. For a list of the Smedley Award and Membership Retention Awards winners, click here.

Thank you for all your efforts to ensure that all your members get the most out of their Toastmasters experience. I hope to see you at the Spring Conference in April in Kitchener where we can celebrate your success and hand out some of these prizes!   

C.W. Toastmasters in Elora

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Our lives are so busy, it’s hard to decide what to participate in and what to leave out. There’s always a reason not to do something, but here’s 3 Reasons to Join CW Toastmasters.

  1. You get to practice speaking with people who have the same interest / goal as you.
    Everyone in Toastmasters wants to become more confident and tip-top while speaking. Whether it’s speaking to a crowd or a potential customer, we all have the same goal – to be better!

  2. You always get positive encouragement and constructive feedback.
    Toastmasters International values the following: Integrity, Respect, Service, and Excellence. The group encourages each other to prepare speeches and to participate in Table Topics (impromptu speaking). You will receive a manual, which outlines different speech types and how to complete one successfully. There’s help and guidance the whole way!

  3. You don’t have to drive to the “city,” it’s located in Elora!
    C.W. Toastmasters is located in the Quarry Commons office space across from the Elora swimming quarry. You don’t have to worry about driving too far to find a club, we’ve got you covered! Also, Elora is one of the most beautiful towns in Ontario!

At this point, you may be asking “How do I get involved?”

First, I should mention that CW Toastmasters meets every Wednesday from 12-1pm.

  1. Join in on a meeting to get a feel for what it is like – people come and check us out all the time!

  2. Attend our club contests – they consistently promise an entertaining way to spend a Wednesday noon hour.

  3. Come to an open house! Open houses typically consist of food, fun, and of course, a speech.

*Check out our Facebook page (Centre Wellington Toastmasters) to see our upcoming open houses and contests coming up in February and March!

Jenna and Jane

Lincoln Road Toastmasters - 2016 has been a great year!

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Welcome to 2017! The new year is such an exciting time - it always feels like the perfect time to renew commitments to ourselves and others, to take on new challenges to meet our goals for the year and to reflect on what worked and didn’t work in the past 365 days.

At Lincoln Road Toastmasters, we’ve had a great year. Our club changed locations in June, which was a bit of an undertaking. But we are now nicely settled into our new home at 170 Erb Street West in Waterloo, ON, and very happy with our location. We meet on Tuesdays at 7:30 pm and would love for you to visit if you are in town.

Through the fall season, we had a number of our members away from the club for extended periods of time for work projects. Our club president, Kelley McIntyre, who was working over several months in New Brunswick, joined our meeting every week via skype! This was a challenging undertaking for us, leading to much experimentation with the available technology. Plus this was quite a commitment for her, as the time difference meant she was up later than us every Tuesday night.

The technology was a bit iffy at times but by the end of her time away, we had it all worked out and it was an interesting project for our group. We are now ready to go if we ever have members that need to be away for extended time periods but want to keep on attending our weekly meetings.

That said, we are very glad Kelley and the other members are all back on Waterloo soil (for now) and are able to attend meetings in person. It is definitely more enjoyable for them to attend in person.

To start out the new year on a high note, our club is hosting a Speechcraft program from January 24 - February 28th. We hope to bring a taste of Toastmasters to some new members in our community and potentially entice them to join us for the rest of the year, once they have completed their first 3 speeches in the program.

If someone you know is looking for a Speechcraft program in the Kitchener-Waterloo area, be sure to send them our way. Here is the link to sign up!

We are looking forward to a great year at Lincoln Road Toastmasters and we wish the same for you and your club in 2017!

Julie Tauro

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

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