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!

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

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.

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

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