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Why Stay in Toastmasters?

You overcame your fear of public speaking. Now you might even enjoy speaking. You might even think you are getting pretty good at it; so do your audiences. Why bother with Toastmasters?

While Toastmasters is often touted and even marketed as a place to overcome the fear of speaking in public, many leave Toastmasters and miss some opportunities:

  • use Toastmasters as a venue to hone your abilities in an environment where the outcome doesn’t matter
  • experiment with new material and delivery
  • receive feedback from people who are generally more aware, selecting the feedback that is helpful and disregarding feedback that is not helpful
  • expand your repertoire of skills into leadership in a non-profit organization where everything must be accomplished with honey; there are no hammers
  • learn many skills of meeting planning from groups of 20 at the club, one-day club officer training for 100-300, and multi-day conferences for 200-400 with meals and a banquet. Continue on as a meeting professional

What do you think? If you have other ideas as to how people can benefit from participating in Toastmasters, click below:

Stay in Toastmasters!

Here are your terrific answers:

  • Andrew Dlugan – “regularly listening, watching, and evaluating other speakers helps boost your own skills”
  • Andrew Dlugan – “give back to the organization by helping less experienced speakers grow as speakers”

Speaking as Singing: Beyond Vocal Variety

©2000, Barclay McMillan, Used with permission

As I began to mull over what I might say in this article on voice, I came across an interview in the Ottawa Citizen with the renowned Canadian choreographer and dancer Margie Gillis who was coming to perform at the National Arts Centre. “For years I couldn’t articulate what I do,” says Gillis whose extraordinary ability to touch people’s souls with her dancing is celebrated the world over, “but now I know it is the neuro-muscular system. Everything — emotions, politics, spirituality — has a physical response. What happens in the body is this emotion turns into electricity and touches the muscles. It’s moving to internal landscapes. I choreograph from that place.” (more…)

“What’s Next?” Keynote for EDC Toastmasters 10th Anniversary

In 1997, while working at SHL Systemhouse, David McCaw sponsored the Qualicum Toastmasters Club at the Qualicum Business Centre on Baseline Road in Ottawa (okay, Nepean). I mentored the club for six months.

The hard driving, hard playing high tech industry and highly supportive management team made this a fun club where everyone had fun growing to their potential in public speaking.

Craig and Louise Legault-Hatem at EDC Toastmasters 2007-11-2910 years later, with the commitment of amazing charter members Louise Legault-Hatem and Derek Horne, and the leg-up help from Jen Empey, the Club moved to the Export Development Corporation, and was rechristened EDC Toastmasters.

On 2007-11-29, I shared a few moments in the form of a keynote speech at their 10 anniversary party. It was a fun, free-flowing keynote with a simple, meaningful message for them.

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Stuttering to Speaking

craig1.jpgIn 1994, I stuttered so bad, I had trouble saying my name. A gyrating, “C-C-C-Craig” was usually all I could muster. A co-worker introduced me to the Toastmasters program. I knew that public speaking was a good thing no matter what and I HAD to do it. It became my mission.

Along the way, I took many courses, read many books, and took EVERY opportunity I could find to speak.  I learned some things and created new distinctions that helped simplify speaking for me. I shared these ideas with others and people found them helpful. Eventually, people started to beg me to share these ideas with more and more people.

Thirteen years later, today, I decided that this would become my new life mission – helping others to do what I do, to speak in public with power and passion. I do not know where this will lead me, so please come along as we discover together.