Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
If you want to add your own YouTube video for the "Why Toastmasters?" video challenge, be sure to tag the video with D53 (since District 53 is organizing this challenge) and "Why TM" so that your video can be found via a YouTube search.
If you would like your video listed as a favorite on the D53 YouTube Channel, send an email with a link to your video to Dave Wheeler. His email address is theshot92 [at] gmail.com. The email address is listed this way (without the @ symbol) to prevent automatic programs who capture addresses and send spam.
Of course, your video should be "Toastmasters-friendly". If you don't know what that means, ask another Toastmaster or a club officer.
Special Thanks to Sherri, Kristen and Heath for stepping forward and providing these excellent examples !
Tuesday, December 08, 2009
"Why Toastmasters?" YouTube Challenge
Showcasing the Value of Toastmasters !
How to Enter:
Create a 1-2 minute YouTube.com video where you answer the question, "Why Toastmasters?". Your TableTopics-length speech should articulate what you feel is the value of Toastmasters to the viewer. Basically, it is your “elevator” speech for Toastmasters.
All entries will be in the form of videos loaded to YouTube.com. The videos must be tagged with “D53” and "Why TM" and include the contestant’s name, their club name & number. This information can also be added as text overlay or in the description of the video, but the "D53" and "Why TM" must be clear to judges and searchable in YouTube. (Otherwise, we won’t be able to find all the entries.)
Content of the video should be “Toastmasters-friendly” and in good taste such that it could be shown at a District 53 event. District Sr. Team will determine if a video is disqualified for content.
1-2 minutes (2:30 maximum total video time)
Who can enter:
Any active Toastmasters member in good standing of a club in good standing within District 53 may submit a video for the D53 Challenge. Members of other districts are welcome to create videos... they just won't be part of the D53 Challenge. The member who enters the video must be in the video for at least 50% of the time. Non-members may assist and even appear in the video but there is not liability assumed by Toastmasters. Entrants assume all liability.
Current and immediate past district officers may enter except for the current District Governor, Lt.Gov.-Education & Training, Lt.Gov.- Marketing and the District 53 Chief Judge. Finalists may not be finalist judges.
Public opinion will decide the 10 finalists via YouTube.com’s ability for viewers to rank the videos. An important part of this effort will be how entrants promote their videos (to get “votes”). Finalists will be announced 1 week before the District 53 final event where the finalists will be recognized. Current plans are for the challenge to culminate at the D53 Spring 2010 conference.
Judges will be chosen by the Chief Judge & Sr. Team from all District 53 Divisions. The judges will view the finalist videos online during the week prior to the final event and deliver their ballots to the District 53 Judging Team at least 2 days prior to the final event.
Prizes & Recognition:
Finalist Videos will be shown at the Spring Conference and awards presented for:
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place Overall
What if I don’t own a video camera or computer?
A videographer will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis at Division contests within District 53. These sessions give an opportunity to members who are not able to enter themselves due to a lack of video equipment or computer access. The number of video slots at the Division contests will be limited so contact your Division Governor to sign up. Keep in mind that these videos may not have as long to accumulate votes online.
Contact Dave Wheeler, D53 Lt.Gov.-Education & Training, via email address theshot92 [at] gmail.com. Be sure to include "Why TM?" in the Subject line.
Monday, December 07, 2009
If you have not heard of him, check out the YouTube videos below...
Here are the links in case the embedded videos don't work on your computer...
Best Year Ever...Video 1 of 3
Best Year Ever...Video 2 of 3 (Measurable Progress in Reasonable Time)
Best Year Ever...Video 3 of 3 (The Day that turns your life around)
In addition, there is a tradition at the regional training that each district's Sr.Team will create and perform a skit after the evening dinner. This year, D53 did a parody on the Bravo TV network's show, "Inside the Actors Studio with James Lipton". We had Richard Peck playing the part of James Lipton and Marsha Kiley as the "star" being interviewed. (Dave Wheeler created the clips and ran the audio video.)
While we did not videotape the whole skit, we can pass along the video clips that were used within the skit. The embedded video below features our Intl. Directors, Heath & Annelie...
Here are the links to all the "film clips" we used...
Holiday Greetings from the Region 7 Intl. Directors (in case the embedded video above did not work for you).
Christmas Story featuring Kristen & Dan
Halloween (we used this as a promo on YouTube.com for our Fall 2009 Conference). This link is to the YouTube video which includes text overlaid on the video with information about the conference. Be sure you have "annotations" turned on when you watch it (so you will get the "full effect").
Its a Wonderful Life (featuring our friends from D31)
The D53 Xmas Dancers featuring Marsha, Dave and Richard.
These were all made using JibJab.com if you want to play around with it yourself.
I am also working on a "YouTube Channel" for District 53 and that is where I will be loading up the "Why Toastmasters?" videos. (They should be there soon.)
Holiday Greetings !
D53 LGET, 2009-10
Move Forward !
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 04, 2009
In the picture on the left below, Carmine awards Karin the Hobo Walking stick which includes numerous butterflies painted on it along with the signature of the Hobo King and Queen. Truly a "one of a kind" memento!
Karin also received a certificate (so she can hang something on the wall when she is out walking with the walking stick) !
Roger also sent a link (via PHILIP LEVERE) to an article about how the video came about... click here.
Jim Sacco estimates that his son Josh has watched "Miracle," the film about the 1980 U.S. Olympic men's hockey team's legendary upset of the Soviets, nearly 150 times. Apparently, the movie has made quite an impression on the young fan. ...... No professional coaching. No fancy editing. No script, because Rizzo hasn't learned to read yet -- he was just 4 years old when his father filmed the speech earlier this year, making it all the more remarkable.
What are you born to do? What's your game?
Could your club use a "pregame speech"?
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Money creates a sort of friction. In the digital economy, magical things can happen when there is no friction. You can scale to infinity. On the other hand, sometimes you want friction.
If you lead a group that allows anyone to join, for free, your group might be large, but it's not tight, it's not organized to make important change. Commitment slows things down in the short run, but ultimately aligns interests.If your club still needs to submit dues, please do it today (or tomorrow). If you are using a credit or debit card, dues can be submitted by a club officer via www.Toastmasters.org. Just be sure to get them paid before the deadline of October 1st.
Monday, September 28, 2009
If you do not see the video below (after giving it a couple seconds to load), try clicking here.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Now, you just have to come up with some scenarios to serve up to your club members as TableTopics !Preparing your Message for the Interview
- Don’t talk to reporters without giving yourself time to prepare the message.
- Don’t dodge questions!
- Answer the question in eight seconds or less and bridge back to your main message for the next 25 seconds or so.
- If a reporter asks you a complex, detailed, five-part question, focus on answering the one question that leads you back to talking about your message points.
- When listening to a reporter’s question (and you must listen very carefully), don’t think about how your vast database of knowledge can provide 10,000 new facts to answer every nuance of the reporter’s question. Instead, focus on how you can honestly answer the question in a way that allows you to talk about one, two, or three of your message points.
- Remember, questions don’t matter. The subject matters.
- CEO indited for misappropriation of company funds
- Celebrity arrested for ...
- Tradeshow TV reporters asking about your newest widget
- Politician caught ... (too many possibilities here)
- Evangelist asked about his role in the organization
Friday, September 04, 2009
... Write for yourself, edit for your readers ...1. Find the spine of your content and stick to it
2. Cut the first paragraph
3. Don’t over-spice your words
4. Watch out for “creep-in” words
5. Cut exaggerations
6. Find a more precise word
7. Reuse the leftovers
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
- Main Entry: in·sou·ci·ance , noun, : lighthearted unconcern : nonchalance
- Pronunciation: \in-ˈsü-sē-ən(t)s, aⁿ-süs-ˈyäⁿs\
- Etymology: French, from in- + soucier to trouble, disturb, from Old French, from Latin sollicitare — more at solicit
- Date: 1799
— in·sou·ci·ant \in-ˈsü-sē-ənt, aⁿ-süs-yäⁿ\ adjective
— in·sou·ci·ant·ly \in-ˈsü-sē-ənt-lē\ adverb
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
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Wednesday, June 17, 2009
From: Bill Miranda
Subject: RE: Words of Wisdom
To: Dave Wheeler
Thought the following true story was worth sharing and repeating. Hope this finds everyone well.
There we were…..stuck with nowhere to go, nowhere to hide and all bored to tears. Myself, Tim, Don and Scott all sat trapped in a conference room at the Millennium Hotel in Downtown Chicago.
For the last couple of years I have been attending a series of Sales Forum's of sales leaders from different industries and companies and this was by far the worst. The speaker was the Sr. Vice President of Sales for a company that all of us had heard of but will go nameless in case one of you has a friend, relative or happens to know this gentleman.
So why were we bored to tears? Because he talked about the one subject that none of us cared about, spent money to hear or travel hundreds of miles to listen to. Although it was our least interesting subject obviously it was the speaker's favorite subject. The subject was himself!
I couldn't believe it and I can't exaggerate how bad this presentation was. He had a slide deck that was no less than 25 slides and the first 8 slides were dedicated to this man up to and including a picture of himself on vacation displaying his burly white legs and whiter bare feet as he smoked a hookah pipe on the roof of a Middle Eastern restaurant.
He spent so much time talking about his background and his supposed successful turnaround of four operating divisions that when he finally got to content that the sales leaders in the room cared about he had ran out of time and had to click through the slides in rapid fire succession. It was a classic mistake that many of us have made before; we sometimes speak so much about what we care about that we are oblivious to the cares of our customers.
We don't always spend the time talking about us personally but how many times have you given or been part of a presentation where we simply go into our song and dance about the features and benefits of a product only to find out nothing about the needs of our customer or what they care about? If you've ever started a presentation by asking no less than a half dozen questions about the objectives of your customer, than I can guarantee that you are guilty of this! Every meeting or presentation should be started with a number of questions before the meeting and during the start of the meeting to get a feel for what is one the mind of the customer and what their priorities are for your product or proposal.
Make sure that each and every account call is focused on the one thing that matters most to the customers…..the customer. Whether in the business of sales or in your everyday relationships if all your focus is on yourself you'll find yourself a very unsuccessful sales person and a very lonely individual.
Monday, June 15, 2009
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Friday, May 08, 2009
There was also television coverage (channel 22) as shown by the YouTube video below.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
Don’t think you’ll have time to finish all your speeches by the end of the Toastmaster Year?
Well, Division A wants to say “YES you can” and to help you, we are pleased to announce our
Year End Super meeting
Speech-a-Thon and Membership Drive
Saturday, May 30th, 2009 9:00AM to 3:00PM
King of Kings Church
543 Union Ave
New Windsor, NY
Saturday, May 30th, 2009 9:00AM to 3:00PM
The day will consist of two Toastmaster meetings, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. This will provide an opportunity for up to 12 people (6 each in AM and PM) to give a speech and up to 12 people to serve as Speech Evaluator (for CL).
Also, up to 10 people (two each role) can serve as Toastmaster, Timer, Grammarian, Ah-Counter, and General Evaluator (for Competent Leader). (Note, there will not be Table Topics, just speeches). Roles will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The event is open to all Toastmasters and all Toastmasters are invited to bring guests (AKA potential members) as well. Membership information and forms will be available. Agenda is as follows:
9:00AM Registration/Gathering/social time
9:45AM Welcome and Introductions
10:00AM First Meeting starts
12:00PM Lunch / Registration for PM Session Only Attendees
1:00PM Second Meeting starts
3:00PM Wrap up
There will also be prizes for:
- Club with most attendees,
- Club with most guests/visitors attending,
- Area with most clubs (percentage of total in area) participating,
- Farthest traveled, and more.
There will also be a Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.
There will also be a Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle.
COST: Meetings are FREE!!!
COST: Meetings are FREE!!!
An optional $5.00 pizza lunch will be available at the site or you can go off site
If you’d like to participate, please email Registration Chairman Andre White at dtxr2001 [at] gmail.com and ask for the applicaiton form.
It will be a lot of fun ! Don't miss it !
Monday, April 27, 2009
In 1979, an anonymous group erected a massive stone structure in Elbert County, Georgia. This modern-day stonehenge is more than twenty feet tall and arranged to serve as a calendar and a clock. Its slabs have instructions in eight languages for reconstructing society after the collapse of civilization. The instructions are more philosophical than technological, but perhaps nonetheless prudent:PROTECT PEOPLE AND NATIONS WITH FAIR LAWS AND JUST COURTS. LET ALL NATIONS RULE INTERNALLY RESOLVING EXTERNAL DISPUTES IN A WORLD COURT. AVOID PETTY LAWS AND USELESS OFFICIALS. BALANCE PERSONAL RIGHTS WITH SOCIAL DUTIES. PRIZE TRUTH—BEAUTY—LOVE—SEEKING HARMONY WITH THE INFINITE. BE NOT A CANCER ON THEIf you were composing brief instructions for survivors of the collapse of civilization,
EARTH—LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE—LEAVE ROOM FOR NATURE.
what would you write?
Thursday, April 02, 2009
... the magazines can be shipped directly to an address of your choice.
Simply contact World Headquarters and ask to have that extra copy redirected to another address. It can be sent directly to a local library, friend or business associate.
To make this request, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and club number as well as the new name and address. A staff member will make sure your magazine gets a new home.
It’s always a good idea to ask permission of any office staff before leaving
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Monday, March 16, 2009
Date: Mar 15, 2009 9:28 PM
Subject: World Champion Public Speaking Pro Comes to Springfield
To all Toastmasters, Friends, Guests, and the Public
FREE - YOU ARE INVITED
Springfield Toastmasters Club
presents special guest
TOASTMASTERS WORLD CHAMPION OF PUBLIC SPEAKING
Thursday, May 7, 2009
7:00pm - 8:00pm
The Glass House
1380 Main Street, Downtown Springfield
(free on-street parking
and adjacent parking lots)
Mr. Garton earned the title of International Champion in 1962.
He is one of only 68 Public Speaking Champions in the world.
He later became a Senator for the State of Indiana for over three decades.
for information http://springfield.freetoasthost.biz
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The Finalists:2008 is a compilation of the stories of the 2008 Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking Finalists and their path to the big stage.
The 2008 Finalists included:
Henry Flowers IV
Monday, March 09, 2009
A lot of corporations have seen dramatic decreases in revenue and have cut back projects as well. In many cases, this is accompanied by layoffs, and so everyone is working far harder.
But in other organizations, and for a lot of freelancers, there's more time than work. In other words, slack time.
Assume for a moment you don't have money to develop and launch something new. So, what are you going to do with the slack?
What can you build over the next year that will take time now and pay off later?
1. Learn something. Become an expert.
2. Earn a following and reputation.
To these two things, I would add ... join Toastmasters !
Seth, as a speaker, you should know that 3 is the magic number ... and Toastmasters is where speakers practice their magic!
Sunday, March 08, 2009
- Point - Speaking up can enhance your career
- Reason - People who speak up are perceived as being competent and intelligent leaders
- Example - Richard Backstrap has just been promoted for the second time this year. He speaks up a lot - but he's no more competent than the rest of us (note: fictional example)
- Point - Speaking up can enhance your career.