12 minutes | Sep 8, 2018
Humorously Speaking Advanced Manual Review with Jenilee Taylor
It's funny that this is the one advanced manual that took so long to find someone to actually talk about. Humorously Speaking is reported to be the most popular advanced manual in the Toastmasters world. I talked with Jenilee Taylor about the manual and why she found it so useful. It helps that she's already funny in real life. We were working on a Youth Leadership Program together and opted to do this interview in her car, since the building acoustics are pretty bad. We sat in the parking lot and talked humorously speaking for more than a half hour. And we laughed. Someone may have snorted glitter at some of our comments. If you know Jenilee, you'll know why - glitter is her favorite thing in the world. Jenilee Taylor has been a Toastmaster for more than 10 years. She's served the district as LGET and as the first District Director. She's completed her third DTM in the classic program and now is working in Pathways. Her club, Cuyahoga Falls Toastmasters, was one of only 6 clubs in the world to complete all of the 16 Distinguished Club goals in 2017-2018 - even though District 10 had not gotten access to Pathways until November, 2017. Congratulations to Jenilee and (our) club! Humorously Speaking... I still need a couple of advanced manual reviewers. If you have completed your DTM and would be willing to be interviewed, I'm looking for someone to interview about the Facilitating Discussion advanced manual. Pathways Is Here We are looking at wrapping up On the Table - Topics for Toastmasters by the end of this year. It's time to move onto Pathways. I've got a co-host to add to the mix. We've got the Pathways program to explore together. Watch this space for future announcements about how we're going to be moving to a new podcast website. On the Table - Topics for Toastmasters will continue to be available on the podcast index of your choice until June, 2020. DarxieLand Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
4 minutes | Jul 12, 2018
Specialty Speeches Advanced Manual with Vicky Nann
As we wrap up the classic Toastmasters education with the advanced manuals, I know there are are a lot of Toastmasters who are looking for a fast manual to complete. The Specialty Speeches advanced manual should be at the top of their list. Many of the projects are based on work that may have already been done. There's a controversy about repeat speeches in Toastmasters. Specialty Speeches and Reusing Speeches The Specialty Speeches advanced manual does focus on very different speech projects. In fact, there doesn't seem to be a common theme in the projects. What the manual does do is allow the Toastmaster to reuse speech projects from other manuals. Uplifting the Spirit doesn't differ much from the Competent Communicator project 10, Inspire Your Audience. The first project asks the speaker to be prepared to speak on one of five speaker-selected topics. If a Toastmaster has completed a Competent Communicator manual, they've given five speeches. By simply recycling these speeches, it's easy to complete this project with little prep. All of the speech projects in Specialty Speeches can be reused projects from other books. Is this a problem? Usually not. If you've ever had the opportunity to attend or judge a high school speech and debate tournament* you'll see the students have memorized their presentations and prepared extensively for the tournament. Every speaker is given notes by the judges with comments that will be closely studied and modifications to their presentations will be made. This kind of repetition produces finely-honed, excellent speeches. But... but.. I can't repeat a speech, can I? Yes, you can. Unless your club specifically prohibits repeating a speech, you can. Pathways Level 1 Speech Projects We're still talking about the classic program here, but looking ahead to Pathways, there is a project that recommends repeating a speech. The second project, Evaluation and Feedback, encourages the Toastmaster to repeat the speech with the same evaluator! So reuse and recycle those speech projects with the Specialty Speeches manual. You'll finish it quickly and find, like many other Toastmasters, it's fast and it's fun to revisit your past. Our guest today is Vicky Nann, DD of District 10 for 2018-2019. I'd forgotten that I'd evaluated her for one of the speeches in the Specialty Speeches advanced manual! Vicky Nann, DTM, is a marketing communications professional. She is serving as the 2018-2019 district director for Toastmasters District 10 (Northeastern Ohio). A Toastmaster since 2000, she is currently a member of five clubs. Vicky held Toastmasters leadership roles in districts in Colorado, Minnesota and Illinois before returning home to Ohio in 2012. Her hobbies include beekeeping and travel. Our music is from Incompetech.com "Cuban Sandwich" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ *You should definitely go to a high school speech and debate tournament. Volunteer to be a judge! Contact your local high school to see if they have a team you can support.
15 minutes | Feb 25, 2018
Speeches by Management Advanced Manual… by Santa!
Some advanced manuals just sound dry. The Speeches by Management probably makes most of us shrug with indifference wince with fear yawn and move on. The problem isn't the manual, it's the topic. Taking a look at the project list might not inspire a lot of ideas. Todd Taylor aka Santa CEO Todd Taylor learned about Toastmasters during a first date. After talking for several hours, Todd heard about better ways to communicate from the woman that later became his wife, Jenilee Taylor. She inspired him to go for the DTM and wanted him to use the Speeches by Management advanced manual to get ready to move into a management position. As an engineer, Todd's used to thinking outside the usual box. The challenge wasn't to finish the manual. The challenge was to make it fun. With the Christmas sales already in the stores, Todd was inspired to take on the role of Santa. But not Santa ho-ho-ho, but as Santa CEO. Using a theme for an advanced manual isn't unique to Todd. Many people have used a theme or voice for their projects, either for fun or inspiration. This isn't Todd's only journey into thematic advanced manuals. This conversation went on quite a while after the recording ended with a long discussion about zombie invasions speeches. Outside of his roles in Toastmasters (past area governor and past division director), Todd works in Akron, Ohio, as an engineer as a manager for a waste water company. He's married Jenilee Taylor DTM PDD (a frequent past guest of On the Table - Topics for Toastmasters) and is a member of Cuyahoga Falls Toastmasters. Todd completed his DTM under the classic program and is now contemplating a new theme for his Pathways projects. Speeches by Management Advanced Manual In the end, Todd did move into a new job and a management position. He said this manual did prepare him for the communication tasks that his new job required. That's the best endorsement for an advanced manual I can think of. We are still looking for DTMs to talk about their favorite advanced manual. You can reach me through our contact page to volunteer. Our jingle bells were from FreeMusicArchive.org. "Christmas Rap" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
14 minutes | Jan 27, 2018
The Entertaining Speaker Advanced Manual Review with Dave Wiley
Take your audience for a roller coaster ride. That's the goal of The Entertaining Speaker Advanced Manual. What a perfect way to describe the best speeches. We have Dave Wiley to thank for that. Dave Wiley has been a member of Toastmasters for 10 years. In that time, he’s served as a trio member five times, a past trio member twice, and an area director once. When Dave started in Toastmasters, he took on the role of VP of Education for his club, then went to President. He loves seeing others succeed and thinks Toastmasters truly is where leaders are made. When he is not participating in Toastmasters, he coaches soccer, teaches public school religion to second graders, writes and has been published in numerous publications including Chicken Soup for the Soul Books, and his work experience as an IT professional has taken him all over the world. The Entertaining Speaker This is probably among the best manuals for a club. We get great speeches when our members dive into these five projects. Many manual projects are designed for the Toastmaster who is speaking outside the club. The Entertaining Speaker is full of great information on how to construct and deliver a speech that isn't boring. As I work on my International Speech Contest presentation, the discussion I had about this manual sparked a lot of ideas for me to use. I like the idea of the twist at the end. I'm not sure how to use it - so I probably should get a copy of this manual in the next week to get ready for the contest. I think many of the advanced manuals are written for the speech projects to be done in order. They build on the skills taught in the previous project. This manual sounds like it's laying a foundation for that final After Dinner Speech. That's definitely when you want to be an Entertaining Speaker.
19 minutes | Jan 23, 2018
Interpretive Reading Advanced Manual Review with Carol Prahinski
The Interpretive Reading manual is one of the most specific set of speech projects. Each of the presentations require a different set of skills. All of the speech projects are read, not performed like a speech. Eye contact and body language are not to be evaluated. This makes evaluating these speeches very problematic for newer Toastmasters or those who haven't had time to read the manual objectives. The evaluator has to understand the techniques that the speaker is trying to develop. These projects are somewhat older styles of entertainment. Monodramas are rarely performed anymore. The National Speech and Debate Associate (NSDA) for high school speech students has speech competitions in various catagories that include presenting a previously written speech. However it's simply not a common activity now. But that doesn't mean there aren't skills to be learned from trying out these project. Our guest is Carol Prahinski, the former Region Advisor for Region 6. Carol talks about what it took to get started, how she selected her pieces, and why the Interpretive Reading advanced manual is one that she'll do again. Interpretive Reading Advanced Manual Projects Every project in the Interpretive Reading manual requires a lot of time to research to find appropriate materials. Many struggle to find poems that are long enough for the time requirements. Monodramas are hard to find. Famous speeches that can be cut to the time requirements tend to limit our choices - or lead to extensive editing. My advice: talk to a librarian. They can lead you to materials that you can use, probably faster than you'd find them yourself. Reading Poetry is probably the most relevant project in the manual. It's important to understand the techniques of reading a poem and how we often fail to do the work justice. When we fall into the rhythm/rhyme cadence that many poems use, we often can mangle the words into a sing-song voice. That's rarely the poet's intention, unless they've Dr. Seuss. Try taking time to practice reading out loud. Don't use the not the format of the stanzas but the punctuation to indicate where to pause. Poetry is able to become what it's meant to be: a vocal presentation of literature. I have a friend who assigns Shakespeare's plays to be read by her students. I think this is a mistake: plays are written to be performed, not read. Poetry is the same way: it's meant to be read out loud for the audience. That's why the sounds of the words is so important to the writer, and we, as the performers, need to honor that. Our music today is from Incompetech.com "Rumination" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
15 minutes | Jul 5, 2017
Can Contests Make Me a Better Speaker?
Can contests make you a better speaker? Donald Kelly says it does for him. Donald Kelly is the sales evangelist. Actually, that's the name of his business, his website, and his podcast. He's a successful salesman who has taken his expertise and built his own business with it. Donald's not only known for his business - he competed at the 2016 International Speech Contest at the World Championship of Public Speaking. Friends introduced Toastmasters to Donald several years ago, which then led to his taking the stage at Podcast Movement as the MC of the foremost podcasting conference in the world. He has introduced podcasters such as Adam Curry, John Lee Dumas, and Pat Flynn. We took some time to talk about contests, in particular, the International Speech Contest. Donald explained the sequence from club contest to international stage, his methods of preparing and his biggest piece of advice. Happy Toastmasters New Year! The Toastmasters year runs from July 1 to June 30 the following calendar year. That means you've probably just elected new officers, the district officers have changed (maybe just changed jobs at the top level of the district) and you've got a new area director who's checking out your club. Make that person welcome when they come by, won't you? They're pretty nervous about visiting and don't know your club culture. They want to help you succeed and have access to support that can help your club. Advanced Manual Reviews I'm still looking for DTMs to interview about their favorite advanced manuals. We have already covered: Storytelling Special Occasion Speeches Communicating with Video Public Relations If you want to talk about an advanced manual, I'd like to give you the chance before the Pathways roll out is completed. Just fill out the form and I'll be in touch.
23 minutes | May 25, 2017
President-Elect Balraj Arunasalam
District 10 had the honor of hosting Toastmasters International President-Elect Balraj Arunasalam for several days before the Spring District Conference. He kindly consented to an interview to talk about the organization of Toastmasters International, the move from California to Colorado and, of course, Pathways. Balraj Arunasalam Biography. Toastmaster Arunasalam came from Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka, where he is chairman/managing director of Gemtrans Engineering Company. Toastmaster Arunasalam is a member of the Toastmasters International Executive Committee and Board of Directors. He is a “working ambassador” for Toastmasters and works with the Board to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission. This August, he is on track to be elected the International President of Toastmasters for 2017-2018. A dedicated Toastmaster for 27 years, Toastmaster Arunasalam is a member of two clubs, including his home club Colombo Toastmasters. A distinguished leader, Toastmaster Arunasalam has held numerous offices from club through the international level: He served as International Director 2011 to 2013, Second Vice President 2014-2015 and First Vice-President 2015-2016. He holds the Distinguished Toastmaster designation—the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters International. “Toastmasters is a way of life,” Toastmaster Arunasalam says. “It helped me understand the philosophy of leadership, to give and receive respect, and to be humble.” Toastmaster Arunasalam delivered a keynote in the morning of our conference, and an educational workshop in the afternoon.
9 minutes | Mar 7, 2017
How to Be an Exceptional Club Coach, Part 2
Part 1 of the conversation is here. We continue our conversation with Region 6 Regional Advisor Carol Prahinski about being an exceptional club coach. Toastmasters International Supplies for Club Coaches You must be a member of Toastmasters to access these materials. Toastmasters has a number of supplies available to assist a club coach. The Club Coach Recruitment poster has the basics of the job. The First Class Club Coach is an hour long program to train club coaches. This assessment form can help identify the problems a club needs to address. How to Rebuild a Toastmasters Club is a PDF download of the plan for a club coach to follow. Leading the Club to Success: Club Officer Training includes the presentation Club Success Plan that a club coach could give to a struggling club. Club Coach Help If you're working with a struggling club, you have many resources available. The Club Growth Director will be able to give you a hand, but don't ignore previous club coaches. Even the ones who didn't have a successful experience will have some words of wisdom to give you. The member who takes on the coaching position is accepting a lot of challenges low membership poor attitudes lack of commitment to the Toastmasters program failure to manage the paperwork. The biggest challenge is for the coach, however, is to avoid doing all the work themselves. Rebuilding the club has to be the work of the members, not the coach. This hands-off management may frustrate the more active of us (I know it frustrated me!) but by letting the club handle the problems with guidance will teach them how to handle things when the same situation again. The ultimate goal of a coach isn't just to get five goals of the Distinguished Club Program, but to build a healthy club that will continue on into the future. Announcements: BALRAJ ARUNASALAM, DTM Balraj Arunasalam DTM, the president-elect of Toastmasters International, will be the keynote speaker at the District 10 Spring 2017 conference. You can get more details about the conference at District10.org. Our music today is from River Valley Breakdown Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
10 minutes | Feb 21, 2017
Techniques to be an Exceptional Club Coach
Club Coach: The Big Challenge The goal of a club coach is to take a club in trouble up to the Distinguished Club Award level. To be a successful Club Coach takes a set of skills that most of us don't have without work and determination. That delicate balance between confrontation and encouragement challenges us. I think a lot of Toastmasters find this the most difficult task in the trek to the Distinguished Toastmaster Award. Certainly, this requirement can take the longest - up to two years. A club coach can't just be assigned to a club. The club must request a club coach from the Club Growth Director. Often, the club coach is a last-ditch effort by the club and the district to keep a club viable and restore it to health. Walking into a club that's low on membership can be daunting. The problems facing this club may be entrenched in the club culture or leadership. Addressing the needs of the club might be painful to the current members. The effective club coach isn't just about rebuilding the membership - the task requires not just a head count but a commitment to long-term success. Walking into a club that's low on membership can be daunting. The problems facing this club may be entrenched in the club culture or leadership. Addressing the needs of the club might be painful to the current members. Both the club coaches and the club have to be ready to do some hard work to make the club successful again. While the club members do the work, the club coach needs to be creative and listening to everyone. The effective club coach isn't just about rebuilding the membership - the task requires not just a head count but a commitment to long-term success. Carol Prahinski, Region 6 Regional Advisor Carol Prahinski has successfully brought several clubs back from the brink. She's currently working a university club in Michigan that's starting with eight members. She's sharing her experience with us after presenting her webinar How to Be an Exception Club Coach to several of the districts in Region 6, where she currently serves as the Regional Advisor. Carol is a three-time DTM who has served as a District Governor. She is a professor at Michigan State University in the business school. She and her husband Flemming were recently featured on the St. Vincent Catholic Charities blog with the story of how they married. Announcements District 10 is having the Spring 2017 Conference on April 29, 2017, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village. We're looking for volunteers to help chair the committees. If you're up for the challenge, go to District10.org and contact organizers Lenard Taylor and Tony Green today!"Furious Freak" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Sweeter Vermouth Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
15 minutes | Nov 30, 2016
Special Occasion Speeches with Debbie Curtis
Advanced Manual Reviews Continues... Special Occasion Speeches Advanced Manual The five projects are: The Roast The Introduction Giving Praise Presenting an Award Receiving an Award A roast is a speech given in honor of a specific person who is the subject of some good-natured ribbing and insults. This tradition had nearly died out until Comedy Central started up roasts in the 2000s. It's now a semi-annual event. An excellent resource on roasts can be found at the ProHumorist blog. The blogger discusses roasts and Toastmasters, which makes it very helpful to any Toastmaster looking for help with the project. Debora Curtis Our guest, Debora Curtis DTM PDG, thinks that this manual is so good that she's done it twice! Debbie Curtis has served in a multitude of roles in District 10 Toastmasters, including District Governor, Division Governor, Area Governor, LGM, and Finance Manager. She's served as a conference chair, audit chair, club coach, and sponsored three clubs in District 10. She's been a Toastmaster for over 10 years and held every club officer role at least once. Are You Up for an Advanced Manual Review? On the Table - Topics for Toastmasters is looking for DTMs who are willing to talk about their favorite advanced manual. If you're willing to give up an hour of your time for an interview, we'd love to talk. The following advanced manuals are currently up for review: Facilitating Discussion Humorously Speaking Interpersonal Communication Interpretive Reading Persuasive Speaking Speaking to Inform Speeches by Management Technical Presentations The Discussion Leader The Entertaining Speaker Leave us a note here or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll talk about including your review on our podcast. Sweeter Vermouth Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Deadly Roulette Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
10 minutes | Aug 24, 2016
Storytelling: Advanced Manual Review with Maureen Zappala
You asked for more information about the Advanced Manual series in the recent survey I asked you to fill out. We've done a few, but Storytelling hasn't been done yet. Here you go! The Storytelling Manual This is Maureen's bio: Maureen Zappala is a former NASA propulsion engineer, turned professional speaker, and the founder of High Altitude Strategies. She encourages high-performers who struggle with the “Impostor Syndrome,” the internal voice that says “I’m not as smart as everyone thinks I am!” With a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame, she became the first female and youngest manager of NASA’s Propulsion Systems Laboratory. While most engineers are not known for verbal communication skills, Maureen has shattered that stereotype. In 2009, she was in the top 10 of 30,000 contestants in the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking contest. She’s the author of “Great Speakers are Not Born. They’re Built” and is working on her next book “Over-Achiever, Under-Believer: How to Match Your Confidence to Your Competence.” All of those things are true, but what they don't convey is how easy it is to talk to Maureen. This interview took place a few days before she left to represent District 10 at the World Championship of Speaking. She's happy with her performance there. This manual had a direct impact on her final speeches. Maureen is a gifted storyteller who knows the value of a great tale and how to make it connect with the audience. Her stories about the Storytelling Manual will help you decide to try this manual out. District 10 Fall Conference We're gearing up for our fall conference here in northeastern Ohio. This time, the Western Division is hosting us at LaCentre in Westlake on November 6, 2016. Kelly Swanson, one of the keynote speakers at the International Toastmasters Convention in August, 2016, is our keynote speaker too! We've got exciting news about changes from Toastmasters International, a great lineup of education sessions, a fabulous DTM minting ceremony and two contests - Humorous Speeches and Table Topics. Tickets are available at District10.org.
11 minutes | Jul 4, 2016
Success Leadership Series Workshop Review
// Success Leadership Series: Characteristics of Successful Leaders One of the Advanced Communicator Gold (ACG) requirements is to present one of the Success Leadership or Success Communication series workshops, or to present the Youth Leadership Program. Toastmasters International doesn't provide much information about any of these workshops beyond the titles. In District 10, we've seen a number of people present the workshop The Art of Effective Evaluation. (I did it myself.) Anant Mathur, ALB. and now ACG, presented the Success Leadership workshop Characteristics of Successful Leaders last month. I interviewed him right after his presentation. This presentation came on the heels of a challenging club meeting. With this presentation filled with the incoming executive committee, they were able to examine the club's leadership strengths and weaknesses. While this workshop is probably not used often except for the ACG, this could be a great tool for a struggling executive committee by a club coach or a new club with a club mentor. Short Interview, but Other News Delay in Podcasts Yes, I've been behind in posting more podcasts here, but there's a good reason. Introducing our new podcast Toastmasters101. This podcast introduces Toastmasters - the Competent Communicator manual, the Competent Leader manual - and adds some extra insights into public speaking. It won't replace joining a club - nothing could do that! - but it will add some extra information and encouragement to try club roles while working on manual speeches. If you know of someone who would like to know more about Toastmasters, this may be a podcast you would like to recommend. In the meantime, we're trying to get back to a regular schedule here at On the Table. A Change In Title, Change in Look We've updated our website. Check us out on your mobile phone or on your tablet. I think we're compatible now with everything out there. This will be the last time I can call myself the only DTM Mentorship Chair in Toastmasters. I was elected Division Director and have surrendered the DTM Mentorship Chairmanship... but not the podcast. On the Table - Topics for Toastmasters will continue! But with that in mind, I'd like to know what you'd like to hear about in the future. I've got a short survey. Would you mind taking it for me? You can find it at http://onthetablepodcasts.com/survey. Create your own user feedback survey Our music is from Incompetech.com Thanks to our sponsor District10.org.
9 minutes | Apr 1, 2016
Communication and Leadership: Sheryl Roush part 3
Our final segment about communication and leadership from the interview with Sheryl Roush, the keynote speaker at the District 10 Spring Conference of 2016. (Part 1) (Part 2) Communication and Leadership Sheryl and I talk about how Toastmasters has had a tremendous impact on her life and her career. "Where Leaders Are Made" isn't just Toastmasters' current tagline - it's the truth. DTM Leadership It's not just about getting a badge - the Distinguished Toastmaster Award is a sign of dedicated, long-term work. Sheryl shares her story about the way she earned her DTM when the requirements were different from today's set. Do Them All Sheryl has done multiple CC and all of the advanced manuals. She talks about the value of working through all the speech manuals. Sheryl knew her goals pretty early and planned her Toastmasters trek with them in mind. Even the Leadership Excellence series (which I 've rarely seen presentations from but I'll change that next year!) has great value to Toastmasters who want to develop their leadership skills while giving presentations. It's been a pleasure to talk to Sheryl. She's full of stories about Toastmasters past and present. I get a sense of the direction we've come as an organization over the decades. Thank you, Sheryl, for the great interview for these podcasts. Our music is from Incompetech.com. Announcements: The Spring Conference is coming up in just 2 weeks. We want you to have the best possible experience and we've gone crazy with additional education sessions, a fantastic keynote, and this year, a Sunday Brunch session about getting paid to go onstage. If you're interested, go to the District 10 website to get your tickets to the conference and to the Sunday Brunch. The Sunday Brunch is open to non-Toastmasters - get your tickets now. We're still looking for baskets for the silent auction. No need to get them to us early - just bring them to the conference that day. Although, if you want to help, we're looking for volunteers to help with the setup and the conference day itself. Go to the http://District10.org/conference page and sign up.
13 minutes | Mar 20, 2016
Become a Paid Speaker and Toastmasters Accredited Speakers
Part 2 of our conversation with Sheryl Roush, DTM, and AC (what's AC?) On the Sunday Brunch programming for the District 10 2016 Spring Conference on becoming a paid public speaker. Sparkle and Market Like a Pro™ Sunday Brunch District 10 and Sheryl are adding a new feature to this year's Spring Conference: a Sunday Brunch with Sheryl's presentation Sparkle and Market Like a Pro ™. This bonus program will Explore your ideal topics and audiences Understand what it takes to get started in this business, and be taken seriously as a speaker Recognize what meeting planners expect Start setting your fees Leave with a template to use! This sounds like a great presentation - I intend to be there with paper and pen for lots of note-taking. This program is open to Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters. Go to District10.org/conference/ for tickets. Become a Paid Public Speaker with the Accredited Speaker Program When I got Sheryl's information as keynote to our Spring Conference, I wasn't sure what two of the letters after her DTM were: AS. So I asked - and I learned a lot about accredited speakers and the Toastmasters designation. It even has its own website: AccreditedSpeakers.com This is a rigorous program to get recognition as a paid, professional public speaker. The applicant has to give several speeches before a panel of judges who will determine if the applicant has passed the requirements. Unlike the rest of the Toastmasters programs that aren't pass/fail, this program expects a high standard of presentation. I pulled this from the Toastmasters.org website: WHO IS ELIGIBLE A potential applicant must meet the following requirements before applying: Be a current Toastmasters member in good standing Have earned one of the following education awards, or higher: (Able Toastmaster, Advanced Toastmaster Bronze or Advanced Communicator Bronze ) Have given a minimum of 25 speaking engagements to non-Toastmasters audiences within the past three years. I've hit two of the three, so I'm on my way. It's that 25 speaking engagements part that I'll need to work on to start on my way to becoming an Accredited Speaker.
10 minutes | Mar 2, 2016
Introduce Millennials to Toastmasters – Sheryl Roush
Just when I think I know everything about Toastmasters, someone comes along and proves me wrong. Today, we have Sheryl Roush, DTM, PDG and Toastmasters Accredited Speaker. She's the keynote speaker at District 10's Spring Conference. We're excited to have her, but I think she's more excited to come to us. Sheryl and I had a long conversation - too long for one podcast. We have split the interview into separate parts because there's too much for one podcast. This part of our conversation focuses on the keynote presentation The Roadmap to Success and her education session, Sparkle When You Speak. We also talk about the challenge of reaching out to the Millennial Generation. Sheryl Roush bio Sheryl Roush, DTM, is the CEO of Sparkle Presentations, Inc., based in San Diego, and brings a wealth of experience to this seminar, including 35 years of sales, marketing and graphic communication, plus 25 years as a professional speaker, and 20 as a speaking coach. She is a past District Governor and was the youngest, and 6th female to earn the Toastmasters elite Accredited Speaker designation. For enhancing global communication and leadership, she also received the Toastmasters Presidential Citation in 2009. Sheryl Roush, DTM, PDG, AS Saturday Afternoon Educational Session Sparkle When You Speak!™ Ready to connect better with others? Want to be more engaging? Or just have more FUN speaking? Whether you are speaking for 5 minutes, or 50, to 4 people, or 400, you need to enroll, engage, and educate your listeners. Based on top research from the fields of teaching, Sheryl Roush translates these high-level concepts into simple techniques that you will be apply in your life immediately – in speaking, training, leading, managing (and even parenting!). In this interactive educational session, you will discover how to: Grab and retain audience attention Reach all types of listeners Craft presentations faster and easier. You can find information about ticket sales at District10.org.
8 minutes | Jan 31, 2016
Membership Achievement Record: Map Out Your Toastmasters Success
Are you sure where you're going on your Toastmaster journey? Do you need to clear out your Toastmasters files? Did you know one free download from Toastmasters International can help you with both of these problems? One tool to clear out your files and to give you a map to your DTM: Membership Achievement Record We're looking to move and it's time to clean out the basement. I've got far more Toastmasters materials stashed here and there and I've got to get them sorted out and organized. How am I going to do it - when I'm unsure what I should keep and what I need to keep and what I can just throw away. There are plenty of you out there in the world who know how to do this, but it's a struggle for many of us. Do I keep this HPL book? Should I give these unused manuals away? What about these conference programs? How many Club Leadership and District Leadership manuals does one Toastmaster need? Download the Membership Achievement Record from Toastmasters International to help you clear out your old files and to help you find your way through the educational program to get your DTM. Shout out to Greg Loo, DTM, of Arizona, who gave me my Membership Achievement Record. Shout out to the Southwest Florida Speakers Club in Cape Coral, Florida. Action Point: Volunteer to help your local clubs with their contests, either as a judge or as a target speaker. There's no better way to get multiple evaluations of a speech than to serve as a target speaker! Action Point: If you want to run for district office, it's time to get your name to the district nominating committee now. Watch for coming announcements about District 10's upcoming Spring Conference on April 16, 2016, at Malone University in Canton, Ohio. We've got a great keynote speaker and the education sessions are looking spectacular. "Fretless" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
13 minutes | Nov 25, 2015
Vicky Nann, DTM, DPRM on the HPL and Getting Young Members
Every time I talk to someone about Vicky Nann, I hear the same thing. "Vicky's amazing." I think it must be true. Today we've got an interview with District 10's District Public Relations Manager Vicky Nann, DTM. Vicky is not only serving in this district office, she's also the president of two clubs (Medina Toastmasters and Beacon Toastmasters) but also the VP PR of Akron Central Advanced. Vicky Nann on getting her DTM, HPL projects (High Performance Leadership) and getting younger members into Toastmasters clubs. Announcements This new season will be featuring more interviews of DTMs about their favorite Advanced Manuals, ways to select an HPL project, and why you should always have a Competent Communicator manual in your Toastmasters briefcase. We hope you’ll join us this year as we talk DTM track. This year in District 10, we’re going to see some new programming available to our members. In order to reach out more to our communities in Northeastern Ohio, District 10 wants to work with Toastmasters who want to do longer, bigger presentations. If you’ve got a topic and can get a venue (although we may be able to help you with that) contact the District 10 Program Quality Director Dave Wiley about getting the word out for you to the Toastmasters membership. Winter TLI – officer training is coming up just after the New Year. If your club elects new officers every six months – yes, that does happen in some clubs – or new officers have been appointed to fill a vacancy in your club’s executive team, you want to be sure they get to an officers training. You’ll find the details as they are released on the District10.org website. Is your club on Meetup.com? This online tool is a great way to get exposure to people who don’t know any Toastmasters or even anything about us, but are looking for local clubs or meetings that will help them find organizations to meet their needs. District 10 has set up a MeetUp.com Northeastern Ohio Toastmasters site and your club can use it – for free! – just by signing up. After you sign up for Meetup.com - it’s free - then contact PQD Dave Wiley to get your club listed and you’ll be able to post your club’s meetings and announcements. It’s simple, it’s fast and it’s effective. And now it’s free! Take advantage of this opportunity – my club recently had a guest drive almost an hour to our club meeting – and she drove past at least a half dozen other club locations closer to her home to get to us. She could have come to your club’s meeting. Our music today is Fretless from Incompetech.com. If you wouldn’t mind, how about a review? Stop by and let us know what you think! Or leave us a message on our website onthetablepodcasts.com Thanks to our sponsor – District 10 of Toastmasters International. You can find them at District10.org.
14 minutes | Jul 31, 2015
The Last District Governor, Tony Green
Ever wonder what’s behind the curtain? This week, Immediate Past District 10 Governor Tony Green reflects on his year on the table. [Intro] He served as our last District Governor. Tony Green has served on the leadership team of District 10 several times over the years, and today we talk about the year he’s just finished – the good and the bad – and what he’s learned. [Tony’s Interview] Thanks to Immediate Past District Governor Tony Green for taking some time with us today. Congratulations to the entire trio for leading the district to Select Distinguished status! We’re in the middle of contest season. If you’ve been asked to be a judge and you’re inclined to turn it down, go listen to our previous episode Say Yes to Contests: Ways to Improve Judging. I lost the humorous speech contest in my club this week. The rules against talking to judges to get their feed back is killing me. But it does make me available to judge at your contest. Let me know if I can be there for you. The TLI season is still in full swing. If you’re a club officer, have you been trained yet? District10.org has a list of the remaining officer and leadership training sessions for northeastern Ohio. Check them out! District 10 clubs – the district is now on Meetup.com. We want your meetings on this great tool for reaching out to new potential members. Because the district is paying for it, it’s FREE! Contact Dave Wiley and he’ll link you to someone who can help you. One club put up their meeting and a week later got a visitor – from 40 miles away. She passed the sites of at least a half dozen other clubs. If your club isn’t on Meetup yet, why not? I visited a prison club recently that’s been having trouble getting advanced manuals. I’ve bought the whole set and I know I’m not going to use some them. Same with older materials that we can now download from TI such as the Better Speaker and Successful Club series. If you’ve got some to spare, why not check with a prison club in your division or district that may have people who need them. Welcome to the new District 10 Trio! Jenilee Taylor is now our District Director, Dave Wiley is now our Program Quality Director and Tim Juda is our Club Growth Director. I know, we’ll all still call them by their old terms for a long while yet, except the new LGET name which I’m going to call PDQ because… well, because. I must admit, calling a Sergeant at Arms a “Logistical Director” amuses me greatly. We wish the new trio well in the exciting adventure of leading District 10. You’re probably wondering what’s going on with Fall Conference. If you’re interested in helping out – the Central Division is hosting the conference and the search is on for volunteers. Contact Dave Wiley, our PDQ, I mean our Program Quality Director, and let him know of your interest. Our music today is from Incompetech.com. As always, we can use some reviews on iTunes! In less than a minute, you could leave me some stars to help this podcast reach out to more people. Meeting adjourned.
14 minutes | Jul 7, 2015
Achieving the Distinguished Division Award
On the Table – Topics for Toastmasters Season 1, episode 19. We talk all the time about getting clubs to the Distinguished level in Toastmasters. Not so much about the areas or divisons. How do you get a division to distinguished or better? Today we’re talking to Pete Punwani, Division Governor of District 10’s Central Division. He has developed his newsletter to be a tool to communicate with his division. It encourages clubs to understand the value of the Distinguished Club Program as the key to build a successful program for the members. Here’s Pete -on the table. [intro] We talk about - Newsletters [1:30] June 2015 Front and Center Newsletter [2:34] DCP [4:12] DTM [6:19] My daughters’ favorite Toastmaster, Missy Moore [7:28] Distinguished Division! President’s Distinguished? [8:29] Vicky Nann and Beacon Toastmasters [ 9:50] Shout-outs to: Central Division Presidents Distinguished Clubs Stow Twinspirations Cuyahoga Falls Bridgestone/Firestone Goodyear New Club JoAnn Fabrics First Time Distinguished Beacon Toastmasters Speaking Light Returning to Distinguished Akron 151 Closing Announcements: We’ve reached the end of the Toastmasters year. We had the District Toastmasters Leadership Institute – also known as the TLI or officer training. The stats are astounding – 74 of 109 clubs pre-registered some or all of their officers to attend and there were plenty of people who attended who walked in without registration. The attendance was a staggering 240 members in the house. The division make-up TLI schedule is now up on District10.org. Of course, I’m going to promote the Southern Division make up training because I’m a home-town girl, but each of the make-up trainings are great. This is an easy point for your club to score on the Distinguished Club Program – just get 4 of your club officers to the training sessions! The benefits of a DCP point pale compared to the value of a well-trained executive committee for your club. Check the schedule at District10.org for details. Humorous Speech and Table Topics contests are coming up soon. Does your club have a club contest chair yet? This is one of the first opportunities in leadership that Toastmasters gives the members in the Competent Leadership Manual. If you need a contest rule book – and you NEED a contest rule book – you can download it from Toastmasters.org. A well-deserved Thank you to District Governor Tony Green, LGET Jenilee Taylor and LGM Dave Wiley for their service as our District 10 trio for the 2014-2015 year. District 10 is Select Distinguished! Congratulations to you for your success and we want to wish Jenilee and Dave the best as they start out their new roles, along with Tim Juda, as the 2015-2016 Trio. We look forward to a great year under their leadership! I happen to know that the Central Division will be hosting the Fall conference this year. If you would like to volunteer as the Conference Chair, let Dave Wiley know! He’s looking for team leaders and committee members now. Finally, thanks to Pete Punwani – one of the most inspirational Toastmasters I know. This is only part of a much longer conversation that Pete and I had. You’ll be hearing more excerpts from that interview in future podcasts, but right now, I want to wish Pete and his wife well as they anticipate the birth of their third child. Thanks again, Pete. If you like our podcast, will you take a moment and go to iTunes or Spreaker or Stitcher and post a review? Every star helps! Thanks! Meeting adjourned.
13 minutes | May 31, 2015
Janice Wasserman: They are making a commercial for a street fair, so Baileys put on a kazoo video. It was hysterical. It’s approaching that time of year when the flowers start to bloom… the birds return… and the call goes out – WE NEED AREA GOVERNORS. Ok, so now they’ll be called Area Directors. Today I’ll be talking with Janet Wasserman, currently the Area Governor of Area 23 in District 10’s Eastern Division with the clubs Bailey Toastmasters, Eastside Advanced, Lubrizol, and the Miner Road Speakeasy. Today on the table - Janet has a great take on the role of area leadership. INTRO Yes, I know, I normally have the transcript here. Not today. Now that Toastmasters International has announced that the revitalized education program is moving forward, getting those more challenging tasks done should be on your DTM checklist. The clock is ticking for you to get a district office for the Advanced Leadership Silver– it may be time for you to apply for an area director position. If you’re interested in a position, contact your club’s current area governor or the division governor for more information. You can find out that person’s name and contact information on District10.org. If you’ve been the District10.org website, you’ll see that the summer Toastmasters Leadership Institute – also known as Officer Training – date has been announced. Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 9 a.m. to noon at a new location –The Venue South Event Center and Days Inn & Suites in Richfield. It’s easily accessible from I-77, the Ohio Turnpike, and Route 21/Brecksville Rd (Click for map) Our new Program Quality Director – Dave Wiley – would like for you to take a moment and go sign up. There is no charge and you get breakfast! Seeing the location move further south to accommodate the more southernly members of the district is a nice thing – so hey, I’m calling out the southern division new officers – let’s show up at this TLI! Not that the Southern Division’s make-up training won’t be outstanding – but the opportunity to meet with other new officers and Toastmasters from across the district shouldn’t be missed. Besides, you’ll be part of the crowd who gets to stumble over our new officer role names. Our music today is from Incompetech.com – especially chosen for our guest today. Thanks again, Janet! I’ll be talking to you about that HPL project soon. Meeting adjourned.