September 2017 Newsletter – Wolfville Toastmasters

September 2017 Newsletter- Wolfville Toastmasters

New Members
I am happy to report that we have gained two new members in the past couple weeks. Michael Embree was inducted into our club in August and Rosalind Cross was inducted at our last meeting.

They both will be excellent additions to the Wolfville Toastmasters Club. We look forward to learning more about them and helping them grow as public speakers.

TIP OF THE MONTH
Advice From Members
How to Master the Stage  – 9 Theatrical Tips for delivering Award Winning Stories
From an article by Karen Banfield, ACB, CL,  taken from the August 2017 Toastmasters Magazine

  1. Block your speech as you write it. To block means to move to a specific area on the stage at a specific time for a specific reason. You move to achieve a dramatic effect, to ensure sightlines, or to take advantage of lighting.
  2. Never move without motivation. Many speakers try to add interest by pacing back and forth. But pacing by definition is a result of impatience, anxiety or annoyance. It doesn’t engage the audience. If you don’t have a reason to move, don’t move.
  3. Learn character voices. If your speech has different characters, try to learn their voices. Go to YouTube and listen to different dialects and practice speaking them. You don’t need to have the accent down perfectly, but a few well-spoken lines with snap your audience to attention.
  4. Make different characters occupy different spaces. When you become another character during a dialogue, physically step out of the main character’s position. Give each person in your story their own real estate. It doesn’t need to be a big move, but it needs to happen.
  5. Be in the moment. Interested people are interesting people. If you are reading a newspaper as part of your talk, don’t hold it and pretend to read. The audience will know. Actually read from a newspaper prompt. The audience will feel the difference, Make your props real.
  6. Show the detail. Bringing the arc of a story (the narrative) down to a minute detail will nail the moment.
  7. Being tender is better than being theatrical. Aim for the heart. An example of this is showing how receiving just one heartfelt letter made a difference in your life.
  8. Kill your little darlings. This means that if anything in your story is not clear or focused, or prevents the story from moving along, then you should take it out. No matter how much you love it.
  9. Deliver from your body, not from your head. Feel it! No message will be effectively delivered to your audience unless you feel it.

UPCOMING EVENTS

September 11
Wolfville Toastmasters Club Speech Contest

September 30
Area 21 and 9 Speech Contest

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Feedback and Submissions Welcomed
Any feedback, comments, ideas and/or submissions please contact:
Kathleen Jagoe, Vice President Public Relations at vp.public.relations@wolfvilletoastmasters.com

 

August 2017 Newsletter

August 2017 Newsletter- Wolfville Toastmasters

TIP OF THE MONTH
Advice From Members
10 Tips for Terrific Table Topics
From an article by Christopher Cox, DTM, taken from the July 2017 Toastmasters Magazine

  1. Don’t Panic. Remember everyone in the audience has been in your position and wants you to do well.
  2. Buy Time. Give yourself time for your nerves to calm down and for you to think of something to say.
  3. Go with the first idea that comes into your head. Sooner or later, an idea will pop into your head.
  4. Express an opinion, right at the start. Unless you’re a beginner, try not to give a long introduction. Answer the question or express an opinion instead.
  5. Remember the rule of three. You can put some structure into your speech by breaking it down into three main points that justify your opinion or reinforce it.
  6. Remember the six honest serving men. You can develop your arguments by using British writer Rudyard Kipling’s “six honest serving men” (what, why, when, how, where and who) to trigger ideas in your mind.
  7. Know when to stop. Try not to ramble your way through a long conclusion. Recap your answer, and main points of your speech, finish with a punchy ending and hand it back to the Table Topics Master.
  8. Prepare something in advance. Use the theme of the topic or meeting to suggest a framework for your speech, a style of delivery or a direction to take it in.
  9. Draw on your own experiences. When you’re given a Table Topic ask yourself if there’s anything in your own experiences that will answer the question or illustrate your argument.
  10. Be Eccentric. The best table Topics responses are often those where the speaker avoids a serious or conventional answer, and instead tries something unusual or entertaining.

BONUS TIP:

Keep doing Table Topics. Finally, keep practicing. The more you do it the less nervous you’ll become!

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 23-26, 2017
Toastmasters International 2017 Convention
Vancouver, British Columbia

Feedback and Submissions Welcomed
Any feedback, comments, ideas and/or submissions please contact:
Kathleen Jagoe, Vice President Public Relations at vp.public.relations@wolfvilletoastmasters.com

 

July Newsletter

July 2017 Newsletter- Wolfville Toastmasters

Executive Elections
After our elections earlier in June, we had a slight shuffle of our Executive Committee. Below is an update to the 2017/2018 Wolfville Toastmasters Executive Committee, which will be effective July 1st:

President: Chris Kasza
Vice President Education: Rhea Hamlin
Vice President Membership: Athena Koros
Vice President Public Relations: Kathleen Jagoe
Secretary: Aimee Hanson
Treasurer: Doug Murray
Sergeant at Arms: Jared Jordan


TIP OF THE MONTH
Advice From Members
How to Deliver a Speech … Without Notes
From an article by William Neuman, ACG taken from the June 2017 Toastmasters Magazine

You just gave your fourth speech and you’re still using notes. Maybe it was a great speech; you might even have received a “Most Improved” or “Best Speaker” ribbon. Could it have been better? Absolutely! The instructions in your Toastmasters manuals encourage you to deliver your speeches without notes.

Why is that so important? There are several reasons; eye contact, rhythm, confidence and connections with your audience.

So how do you do it? Here are a few ideas.

  1. Decide on a subject.
  2. Write down a working title.
  3. Jot down the key points of your speech.
  4. Reduce each point to one word.
  5. Put the words in logical order so that the speech flows with a rhythm that makes sense.

Each word will become a “trigger” that will remind you of each point you want to discuss in your speech. The trigger words will serve to remind you of your speech “story”.

Know the stories that make up your next speech, and let the trigger words remind you of the stories and you’ll be able to deliver your speech, without notes!


Congratulations are in order!
In the month of June the Wolfville Toastmasters Club has received 3 Awards:

  • Best Website
  • Talk Up Toastmasters
  • President’s Distinguished Club

Excellent job everyone! Keep up the good work!


UPCOMING EVENTS
August 23-26, 2017
Toastmasters International 2017 Convention
Vancouver, British Columbia


Feedback and Submissions Welcomed
Any feedback, comments, ideas and/or submissions please contact:
Kathleen Jagoe, Vice President Public Relations at vp.public.relations@wolfvilletoastmasters.com

June Newsletter

Executive Elections
On May 15th we held our Executive Election which introduced new club members to the Executive Committee and new roles for existing Executive Committee members. Starting July 1, the Wolfville Toastmasters Executive Committee will be:

President: Chris Kasza
Vice President Education: Ed MacKinley
Vice President Member: Rhea Hamlin
Vice President Public Relations: Kathleen Jagoe
Secretary: Athena Koros
Treasurer: Doug Murray
Sargent at Arms: Jared Jordan

The club is incredibly excited and fortunate to have such a well-rounded Executive Committee and we look forward to the next year with the team!


New Member Profiles
Meet Doug

Doug Murray was born and raised in Nova Scotia. He moved to Kentville approximately 7 years ago.  Doug is a financial advisor, where he has to speak in front of both individuals and groups. That being said, Doug wants to be better at speaking and making speeches as required. So, he knows that being part of Toastmasters will make that happen as they are a great organization.

Meet Lori

Lori was born in Nova Scotia but spent her childhood years growing up in Canada, Europe and the United States. She is an alumnus of Dalhousie University; graduating with a BSc in Biological Sciences. Lori currently works as a Regional Director with the Provincial Government and has recently joined Toastmasters as an active member. Outside of her professional life, Lori has many interests including long distance running, cycling, and swimming.


TIP OF THE MONTH
Submitted by Doug Murray
When Communicating with Your Team
From an article by Brent Gleeson: a Navy SEAL, speaker and leadership consultant

Leadership communication is much more than the words we say and how we articulate what we want our team to “hear”. Effective communication is also about emotional intelligence, knowing your audience and active listening.

These are five tips that we should all try to follow in our day to day lives:

Be present: be engaged with your audience no matter how trivial the conversation, this shows that you care.

Ask the right questions: the right questions will foster productive and intelligent communication between you and your team members.

Speak less, listen more: actively listen to those speaking; leadership is not about standing on a soapbox shouting orders; the less we talk, the more we learn from those around us.

Work on emotional intelligence: this is not the “softer side” leadership quality; be self-aware, disciplined, emphatic, and calm under pressure- these are all learned capabilities which take time to learn and master.

Stay calm and positive: calm is contagious, so is panic. So, smile and carry yourself with confidence, do not wear your emotions on your sleeve.


Congratulations is in order!
The month of May has been a busy month for Wolfville Toastmaster members! Joaquin and Laura got married in Spain this month, as well as Tara and her partner, Danny.

The club sends their best to the newlyweds and we look forward to having them back at club meetings.


UPCOMING EVENTS
June 3 & 17
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) Greenwood & Dartmouth
TLI’s are open to all club members, so please let the Executive Committee know if you are interested in attending.

June 10
Special Saturday Wolfville Toastmasters meeting 10:00am-12:00pm
For those interested in presenting a speech outside of our regular club meetings

August 23-26, 2017
Toastmasters International 2017 Convention
Vancouver, British Columbia


Feedback and Submissions Welcomed
Any feedback, comments, ideas and/or submissions please contact:
Emily Konrath, Vice President Public Relations at vp.public.relations@wolfvilletoastmasters.com

May Newsletter

Talk Up Toastmasters Award
Our club was one of five clubs in District 45 to win the Talk Up Toastmasters Award!

During this membership contest, club members were encouraged to invite guests to our club meetings to learn about Toastmasters’ many benefits. If a club added five new, dual or reinstated members to the club between February 1 and March 31, clubs receive a special “Talk up Toastmasters” ribbon to display on the club’s banner. In addition to the ribbon, we have been awarded free registration for one of our club members to attend the District Conference to be held in May in Maine!

If you are interested in attending the conference, please get in touch with the executive committee, as we are collecting names of interested members and will draw a name during the May 1 meeting.


New Member Profiles
Meet Liam
Hello everyone, my name is Liam McDonald. I am a writer and teacher from Wolfville, Nova Scotia. I was raised on the south mountain by wild, hippy parents. I love writing, doing voices, soccer, swimming, hiking, reading and board games. My goals now are: to make a living in the worlds of writing and voice acting, to improve my communication skills, and to expand my social connections. I am glad that Toastmasters is able to help me along in my goals and I am happy to give back to this great organization!


TIP OF THE MONTH
Submitted by Liam McDonald
Keep it Simple

Mom always said I was the most simple.

I took a public speaking course once, and the professor told me this tip of keeping it simple. He said that this is very important in speaking because the audience only has one chance to take in what you have to say. Even if you can dazzle them with complex, ten-dollar words, it’s generally not a good idea. If your words are too hard for people to understand, they will begin to tune you out, no matter how intelligent you think you sound. For example, if you choose to use the word “capitulate”, there are many people in your audience who won’t have a clue what you mean. On the other hand, everyone knows the word “surrender”. So, even though it may be an ego boost to use big words, don’t fall into that trap.

Remember that public speaking is not a contest of word power- you’re trying to send a message to people and have them able to fully consider it. Receiving a clear message is difficult in today’s society- let’s make it easier for each other by keeping it simple.      


From the Toastmasters International Magazine
April 2017
You Just Became a Toastmaster? How to make the most of your learning experience

An excerpt from an article written by Bill Brown, the full article is available online via www.toastmasters.org/magazine

Congratulations! You are now a Toastmaster. Welcome to the family. You have embarked on a journey- a journey to improve your speaking and leadership skills. Your club and manuals will give you a great start.

The Competent Communication (CC) and Competent Leader (CL) manuals are designed to work side-by-side. Below are a few tips to help you get the most out of your CC manual (in the May 2017 edition of the magazine, tips for the CL manual will be included).

Tip 1: Getting to CC is not a race
You don’t become a competent speaker by completing a manual. You become competent by mastering the skills taught in the manual. The CC manual consists of 10 projects. These are not simply speeches, they are learning projects. And projects and learning take time and effort.

Tip 2: Map out your speech topics early
When brainstorming your next speech topic, sit down and start a list of potential speech topics. Carry that list around with you and add new topics as they come to mind. It is easier to come up with topics when you aren’t under the pressure of a deadline.

Tip 3: Use your mentors
Your mentor will assist you as your write your first speeches and guide you in the various meeting roles. Embrace your mentor. He or she is a resource who can greatly enhance your Toastmasters experience.


UPCOMING EVENTS
May 6
Division D and Division F Speech Contest 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Port Wallace Church Hall
263 Waverly Road, Dartmouth

May 15
Club Executive Elections
Held during our regular club meeting

May 20
District 45 Speech Contest To be held at the District Conference (May 19-21)
Sunday River, Maine, USA 

June 3 & 17
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) Greenwood & Dartmouth

June 10
Special Saturday Wolfville Toastmasters meeting 10:00am-12:00pm
For those interested in presenting a speech outside of our regular club meetings


Feedback and Submissions Welcomed
Any feedback, comments, ideas and/or submissions please contact:
Emily Konrath, Vice President Public Relations at vp.public.relations@wolfvilletoastmasters.com

April Newsletter

Speech Contest Update

Our club speech contest was held March 6, 2017 together with the Annapolis Valley Toastmasters club. The speech contest included an International Speech Contest and a Table Topics Speech Contest.

From our club, we had great participation: Chris Kasza and Jackie Benedict participated in the speech contest, with Jackie moving on to the Area 21 Speech Contest on April 8th. Jared Jordan, Kathleen Jagoe,  and William Luton all competed in the Table Topics Competition, with William Luton moving on to the Area 21 Speech Contest.*

*William will not be able to participate in the Area 21 Speech Contest and therefore Jared Jordan will be participating in his absence.


Halifax Health Hackathon
Hacking Health Halifax Hackathon is a weekend-long hackathon that breaks down barriers to healthcare innovation by bringing together interdisciplinary professionals to collaborate, dream up & design apps, devices and solutions for patient-centric care

This year, two of our club members participated in the Hackathon: Chris Kasza, CC, ALB, and Laura Toole. Chris and Laura were part of a team that placed 2nd with Determined for Change.  

Determined for Change is a tool for healthcare service providers to help facilitate conversations with their patients about the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). Through this program, providers can complete a short assessment of their patients to determine how the SDoH impact their healthcare journey. With the results of this assessment, providers will have a quick glimpse if this patient is negatively affected by the SDoH. The next step of the program will suggest formal and informal referrals to make for this patient. To engage patients in this program, they will receive a print out of the challenges they are facing and the referrals made. 
 
For quick reference, this program has a resource page to connect patients with local resources.
 
The overall goal is to improve individual health, gather information on the challenges in the area and to give healthcare providers the tools to become involved in Being the Change in their communities.


TIP OF THE MONTH
Submitted by Ed MacKinley, CC, ALB

7 Quick Leadership Tips

  1. Choosing sincere and positive language will ultimately earn the respect of the entire team. Avoid negative metaphors and clichés in your efforts to motivate others.
  2. Keep your promises. Failure to keep your word may lead to people questioning your integrity and distrusting you. If you can’t pull it off, explain why.
  3. Be transparent and truthful at all times. When something happens that disrupts your plans, paint a positive and realistic picture of the life of the organization to keep your people steady. Transparent, truth-telling leaders, who explain the context of who, what, where, when, and why in their decision-making, will win the whole-hearted support or those they lead.
  4. Practice active listening skills. Keep an open mind to other people’s ideas. Allow people to feel safe if they disagree. Listening to other people’s needs tells the person that you value them and their opinions.
  5. Strive to reach a team consensus.  This will enable each member of the team to commit to the objectives they all want to achieve as a team.
  6. Avoid fear-based reactions and responses.  By modeling appropriate and effective communication, you set the example for others to follow. If something is pushing your panic button, choose a “keep calm” approach as you process your emotions for a more tactful and effective response.
  7. Give mostly positive feedback to encourage people in their efforts. If you have to give negative feedback on performance or a specific behavior, back it up with detailed examples, ask questions for further clarification. Make suggestions for improvement. Do it in private, if possible.

 


UPCOMING EVENTS
April 8
Area 18/Area 21 Speech Contest 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
St. Ignatius Church Hall
1288 Bedford Highway, Bedford

May 6
Division D and Division F Speech Contest 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Port Wallace Church Hall
263 Waverly Road, Dartmouth

May 20
District 45 Speech Contest To be held at the District Conference (May 19-21)
Sunday River, Maine, USA 

June 3 & 17
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) Greenwood & Dartmouth


Feedback and Submissions Welcomed
Any feedback, comments, ideas and/or submissions please contact:
Emily Konrath, Vice President Public Relations at vp.public.relations@wolfvilletoastmasters.com

March 2017 Newsletter

Message from the President
March is a wonderful month for us as a Toastmaster. The harsh storms of winter begin to recede the weather warms, birds begin to come back and its Speech Contest Season!

I want to welcome our newest members Jared and Kathleen to the club – we’re glad you’re here and hope that you enjoy your Toastmasters Journey. We are all able to support you and help you grow, so please ask questions, challenge yourself and us and we will grow together. Welcome!

Twice a year Toastmasters has a speech Contest which begins at the club level and progresses up to the International Speech Contest which is held every year at the Annual Toastmasters conference. Starting locally at our club is a great way to build your skills, learn new things and have fun! This years contest will be held on March 6. There will be two areas you can participate in – a traditional speech or in Table Topics. Either way I encourage you to try one or both. You can also participate as a Judge, Timer or Contest Organizer. Please plan to attend this interesting event.

March is a great time to bring a friend to Toastmasters. If you enjoy it there’s a good chance one of your friends will too. Why not bring them along and make a night of it? I encourage you to share your experience of Toastmasters with everyone!

See you at Toastmasters!

Pam


New Member Profiles
Meet Jared
I heard about Toastmasters when I was trying to find a way to get over my social anxiety and panic attacks when meeting new people.

It was suggested to me because it is a club that helps a person to self improve by being a safe place to mess up and learn.

It is also a place where people want you to be there, to see you grow, and be able to help you to become the best you possible.

This is why I joined Toastmasters, to have consistent and constant positive reinforcement  as well as constructive feedback which allows you build confidence and self esteem.

Meet Kathleen
My name is Kathleen Jagoe. I have a Business Administration diploma, as well as a Paralegal diploma and three years towards an English degree. I currently work at Cochrane’s Pharmasave in Wolfville. I enjoy reading, mostly fantasy novels, comic books and Japanese manga. I also sometimes enjoy writing and watching movies, as well as listening to music.

I joined Toastmasters because I hope it will help me become more confident in job interviews, as well as speaking in front of people I am not familiar with. I also joined, because I wanted a place where I could meet new people and maybe make a few friends.


TIP OF THE MONTH
Submitted by Rajeev Chowdhury, ACS, ALB
Area 18 Director

Leadership
One very important fact to keep in mind is that Toastmasters is not like any other public speaking courses or leadership courses.   There are many courses out there in public speaking such as The Christopher Leadership Course or the Dale Carnegie Course in Public Speaking.  These other courses have one leader or an instructor who teaches speaking skills or leadership skills to the class or group.

In Toastmasters, we are all teachers and we are all leaders.  There is no one person who is the teacher, but rather all club members take on roles and we teach and learn from each other.  This is the benefit of being in Toastmasters.  We learn from each other and become better communicators and better leaders as we gain the confidence and skills from feedback from all members of our clubs.  

It takes a village to raise a child, and it takes all club members to make the Toastmasters clubs a success as we work together for all to benefit.


UPCOMING EVENTS
March 6
International Speech Contest & Table Topics Contest Eastlink TV Filming

April 8
Area 18/Area 21 Speech Contest 8:30 am – 1:00 pm
St. Ignatius Church Hall
1288 Bedford Highway, Bedford

May 6
Division D and Division F Speech Contest 9:30 am – 3:00 pm
Port Wallace Church Hall
263 Waverly Road, Dartmouth

May 20
District 45 Speech Contest To be held at the District Conference (May 19-21)
Sunday River, Maine, USA 

June 3 & 17
Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) Greenwood & Dartmouth


Feedback and Submissions Welcomed
Any feedback, comments, ideas and/or submissions please contact:
Emily Konrath, Vice President Public Relations at vp.public.relations@wolfvilletoastmasters.com