Archive for the ‘Toastmasters’ Category

Why Stay in Toastmasters?
2008-01-08

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
2007-12-18

©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
2007-12-04

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
2007-10-21

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.