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.

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.


September 11
Wolfville Toastmasters Club Speech Contest

September 30
Area 21 and 9 Speech Contest


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