Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
The life we are living now is a direct result of decisions we made in the past. That being said, are you making decisions now that will make life better for your future self?
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
The Div.A Advanced Toastmasters Club will meet at the Ridgefield (CT) Library TONIGHT, Thursday, Sept. 27th at 7:15pm to 8:45pm.
Be sure to bring 4 things to the meeting ...
1) your speech (especially if you did not speak last month ... Dave, Richard & Anne?)
2) a speaking/communications/business tip,
3) a "role play"
and, most importantly, ...
4) Your CHECKBOOK ... for two reasons... We will need to pay dues by Oct.1st (not much time). I will also bring registration forms for the Fall Conference so you can get the early registration discount!
Also on the agenda... discussion of plans for the October meeting in the (BIG) Dyson Room (we have it reserved).
You are welcome to attend and see what an Advanced Toastmaster Club is all about (or at least the way we do it in Division A).
See you there!
Div.A Governor, 2006-8
Monday, September 24, 2007
1. Focus on yourself. Modeling is the most powerful form of teaching known to man. If you aren’t “walking your talk,” you dramatically lessen your influence.
2. Take the initiative. Whiners are passive. They sit back and complain. Real leaders don’t have time to play the blame-game. Instead, they look for opportunities to take initiative and take action. There is always something you could be doing to influence the outcome.
3. Cast the vision. Often people don’t do what we want, because we have not invested the time to paint the vision. In my experience, people want a challenge. They want to do something significant. But no one has given them a compelling vision of a new reality. If you consider yourself a leader, this is your job.
4. Appreciate the effort. At the end of the day, everyone is
a volunteer. Yes, even the people who report to you. They have more options than you think. If you don’t appreciate them, someone else will. People want to give their best effort to those who notice. Time and time again, I have witnessed the power of a simple “thank you.” If this is true for those who report to you, it is even more true of those who don’t.
The truth is that control is an illusion. You can’t control anyone, even the people that report to you.
If we are going to make a difference, we are going to have to sharpen our leadership skills and get better at wielding our influence. Everyday is an opportunity to get better at this important skill.
At the District 53 Fall Leadership Summit & Conference on Nov.3rd in Fishkill, NY.
Friday, September 21, 2007
D53 Lt.Gov. Education
Date: Sep 16, 2007 7:23 PM
Subject: [d53toastmasters] Did you know?
Greetings Fellow Toastmasters!
Recently, somebody asked the following question:
An old-time member already has her old-CL. Can she:
(1) Qualify for another CL by going through the new CL manual
(2) Achieve the ALB, which is the same as the old-CL
(3) can any of these count for DCP points for the club? The answer I got from TI was:
Members only have to earn the CC/CTM award once during their Toastmasters career. We do not require a new CC/CTM award earned for each ACB or old CL award.
The new-CL award does not have a requirement that a member must first earn the CC/CTM award
ie: Members may have 20 old-CL awards and only 1 CC/CTM
ie: Members may have earned the new CL and not have earned any CC/CTM.Any CL (old or new), ALB, ALS does count towards the DCP.
This is very good news for all clubs as this makes it easier to achieve those Educational goals in the DCP.
Have a great week!
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
The Fall contest for Division A will be held on Wed. October 10th at the Wooster School Library, hosted by WestConn Toastmasters.
Contestants and Judges (at least one from each Area) should arrive by 6:45-7pm and we will start promptly at 7:30pm.
Because Toastmaster contests are an incredible opportunity for contestants to push the limits of their speaking skills and an even bigger opportunity for attendees to witness (and learn from) some of the best speakers we have in our Division. It is also a LOT OF FUN !
Hope to see you there !
Dave Wheeler, Div.A Governor, 2006-8
The Contest will be located in the Ulrich Conference Room in the Dyson Center atMarist College. Directions to Marist are at http://www.marist.edu/welcome/direct.html
Contact your Area Governor if you need more information...
Area A1, Mike Ruppert, areaA1@district53toastmasters.org
Area A3, Ozgur Turkmen, areaA3@district53toastmasters.org
Area A5, Janice Parker, areaA5@district53toastmasters.org
Each club can send up to TWO contestants from their club to the area contest for each contest! That means up to 4 people total from each club could participate in the area contest !
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
The article is an interesting discussion about the biology of stage fright...
What's really going on when we get sweaty-palmed and sick to our stomachs?
Mary Fensholt, a consultant and author of "The Francis Effect: The Real Reason You Hate Public Speaking and How to Get Over It," puts it succinctly: "The fear of public speaking or performing is more than anything a fear of being eaten." Building on the theories of sociobiologist Edward O. Wilson, Fensholt argues that historically, being intently scrutinized and singled out was a prelude to being eaten by a predator, so human ancestors evolved a strong fear response against setting themselves apart from the protection of the group.
While you may not be able to shrug off stage fright entirely, you can minimize its effects. Breathing exercises, visualization, focusing on relaxing your muscles and drinking a glass of grapefruit juice to stimulate the salivary glands all can help with the physical symptoms of stage fright, and, as Somjee
says, "If you can relax your body, your mind simply follows."
If you make a mistake, you may be embarrassed, but there are no real predators in the audience.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
.... and to help remind people where it will be held, we have created ....
The FLYER FISH!
They are a combination of a traditional "Toastmasters conference flyer" (on the inside) and an origami fish (on the visible side). You can download PDF files of the pages and create your very own FLYER FISH by clicking on the links below....
Fish (side one)
Send in your digital pictures of how you created "The best promotion using the "FISH FLYERs" at an Area or Division Contest (or within your club or workplace)" and you could win a "Fish-themed" prize to be awarded at the Fall Conference ... (The prize will probably a book, but we are working on other ideas too).
Friday, September 14, 2007
It is my understanding that a club can send any two of its club members to compete in either or both of the contests, regardless of how that club determines which two people it will be. Is that true?
One club in A4 wants to send someone to compete, despite the fact that they did not have a contest. A club in A2 had a contest with only two contestants, one of which cannot attend the Area contest, so they would like to send someone else.
Is there anything other than a person not being a member (of TM and the source club) in good standing that would prevent a person from competing in an Area contest? If so, could you please clarify the pre-requisites?
"Editor-elect", Yankee Activator
The club "decides" who will represent them at the area contest.
If they have more than two contestants for a particular contest, they should have a contest to determine which two will go to the next level. A club does not have to run a contest if they have less than the number of contestants they can send to the area contest... although a club contest is a good idea since it gives the contestant a chance to practice their speech and get feedback that will help them at the next level.
Please keep in mind that at the Area level, two contestants from each club are permitted for each contest. That means they can send as many as 4 contestants to the area contests (2 Humorous, 2 TableTopics).
I hope this helps clear things up!
Let me know if there is anything else I can do to help.
Div.A Governor, 2006-8
P.S. We welcome suggestions or clarifications via the comments section of this blog... so if you have a similar problem or something else, please let us know!
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
"I can't be a district officer/club officer / general evaluator / timer."
"I can't get my [fill in Toastmaster award here]. I don't have enough time."
“We all have our 'I can'ts,'” sixth-grade teacher Carol Myers said to her class. “I have them, you have them.”
She shared a few of hers with the class: “I can't see without my glasses, I can't stop eating candy and I can't get my children to stop arguing about the computer.”
The class took a few moments and scribbled on note cards what they say they cannot do. One boy chewed pensively on his pencil eraser as he considered his shortcomings. Another tapped his fingers, finally jotting down a few sentences.
“I want you to think about this for yourself, because you are going to take ownership of your 'I can'ts,'” Myers said.
After all the "Can'ts" were written down, they were collected and dropped into a "casket" which was carried in a solemn procession to a spot outside the school and buried.
What a great concept! What if we all took a long hard look at our "Can'ts", the excuses that we use so often to add comfort to our daily lives, and simply threw away the ones that are holding us back.
Principal Kevin Duckworth gave the eulogy.
“We are gathered here today to bid farewell to a dear friend,” Duckworth said. “Someone we've all known and grown to love whose companionship we will miss.” He acknowledged their
lives will never be the same without “I can't” to fall back on.
You joined Toastmasters for a reason didn't you?
... to improve your speaking skills?
... to meet new people?
... to explore your leadership traits?
Have you gotten everything out of Toastmasters that you hoped you would when you joined? Have you let your favorite "can't" hold you back or stall your progress?
This Fall is time to "Set a New Standard". It is time to throw away and bury our favorite "Can'ts" and replace them with new ideas, new habits and new exciting opportunities.
Sign up now for the Fall Conference. Registration forms are available at www.district53toastmasters/conferences
"Excuses are totally fine if you want things to stay the way they are. However, excuses have no place on a journey to greatness."
- from Inspired: The Movie blog
Toastmasters Fall 2007
Greetings Toastmasters !
The Fall 2007 Leadership Summit on Nov.3rd, 2007 in Fishkill, NY is taking shape. We have a super facility. We have dedicated conference co-chairs and an enthusiastic leadership team.
Now we need .... YOU !
More specifically, we are looking for volunteers (go to http://www.district53toastmasters.org/documents/VOLUNTEERS_Needed_Fall07.pdffor more info.) as well as presenters / speakers for the educational sessions (go to http://www.district53toastmasters.org/documents/Call4PresentersFall07.docfor info and application). The conference theme is "Set a New Standard" and we are looking for people who are willing to "take their game to a new level" in terms of enthusiasm, energy and increased value for all participants.
Don't let this opportunity slip by! Take action now!
To learn more, please contact the conference team via the email addresses on either the volunteer or presenter forms (links above) or via the District 53 conference webpage at http://www.district53toastmasters.org/conferences.html.
Of course, we're also looking for participants! For a conference flyer and registration form are available at http://www.district53toastmasters.org/documents/Fall2007_Conf_Registration.pdf
We look forward to seeing you at the Fall conference !
Colleen Yarter and Bruce Cornwell
Conference Leadership Team:
Facilities Chair and Acting Education Chair
Karin von Kaenel
Lt. Gov. - Educ.& Training
Div.A Governor, 2006-8
Div.A blog: http://www.areaa4.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Stephen M. Kosslyn, chair of the Department of Psychology and John Lindsley Professor at Harvard University, has written a book to elucidate the process [of making Powerpoint presentations].
In Clear and to the Point: 8 Psychological Principles for Creating Compelling PowerPoint Presentations, Kosslyn presents eight simple principles, based on modern science about perception, memory, and cognition, that will make any presentation work.
The Rudolph-the-Red-Nosed-Reindeer Rule: As Rudolph knew all too well, what’s different stands out, be it a red nose, a large graphic, or words in bold. Make what’s important stand out by being different from the surrounds. It can be larger, bolder, or a more striking color.
A word of thanks to another blog, Presentation Zen where I first heard about the book and, of course, the publisher, Oxford University Press USA, who provided the District 53 Fall Conference with two copies as raffle prizes !
It is a great book ... well suited to Toastmasters... so be sure to get in on the raffle by signing up for the conference TODAY ! Registration forms are available (click here) ... or visit the D53 conference page for more information.
Submitted by Dave Wheeler, Div.A Governor, 2006-8
Monday, September 10, 2007
It will be held at the STONY HILL FIRE HOUSE, 59 Stony Hill Road, Bethel, CT 06801. The contest will begin at 6:30 PM all participants are to arrive by 6:00. You can download a flyer in PDF format by clicking here.
A few volunteers are needed to serve as the JUDGES that evening. If you are interested in volunteering as a Judge, please contact your Area Governor (Pat Wilson-Perkins in Area A4 or Dan Legg in Area A2).
Reminder.... Clubs can send TWO Contestants for each contest (4 total participants) to the Area contests this year ! Don't miss out on this great opportunity !
Sunday, September 09, 2007
For example, I found "a short guide to effective public speaking" on a blog by someone in India. This post has lots of ideas ranging from basic to subtle to more advanced. The writer also has a number of good quotes mixed into his article such as...
... I might end a speech on becoming a better speaker with “As Cicero said
centuries ago, 'The skill to do comes with the doing.'”A more modern guide to
effective public speaking was penned by some unknown sage: "Know your stuff.
Know whom you are stuffing. Know when they are stuffed."
It always surprises me how common the English language is in countries outside of the USA. Each time I travel to new places I find that it is becoming easier and easier to find people who communicate in English and this is also reflected in the content of the internet.
This "common language" exposes people to new and different points of view and while you may not agree with everything, it stretches your mind. And, to paraphrase Oliver Wendall Holmes, "a mind that is stretched by a new concept or experience can never return to its original size". The world is becoming smaller and more intimate. Your next new friend could be next door or across the globe.
We live in interesting times !
Saturday, September 08, 2007
1. What overall strategy did you use to become the 1990 World Champion of Public Speaking? How did you do it?
The day I made the commitment to attempt a run for the Toastmasters’ title I told myself, “I may encounter competitors who can ‘out-speak’ me, but no one will ‘out-prepare’ me.” I then made the commitment to spend as much time as it took to be absolutely ready the moment I took the stage in the International finals. I promised myself I would not take the stage with the thought “If only I had a little more time” in my head. That was the most important strategy–Do whatever it takes to be the best prepared. Thereafter, it was merely a matter of choosing the right message, writing it well, and practicing it more than anyone else.