Hello Toastmasters!

Welcome to our new First Oakville Toastmasters #2245 BLOG!

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16 responses to “Hello Toastmasters!

  1. firstoaktmvppr

    Thought this article from Toastmaster’s International October 2008 magazine issue was a good one. It analyzes the communication styles of McCain versus Obama — topical after last night’s debate.

    http://www.toastmasters.org/ToastmastersMagazine/CurrentIssue/Candidates.aspx

  2. firstoaktmvppr

    Best of luck to Deborah and Hal at the area contest for best Table Topics and Humorous Speech. Sorry I cannot make it tonight, but will be routing for you both!!

  3. firstoaktmpresident

    Here’s the link to a great article about what Toastmasters can do for its members. It is very heartwarming.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20071207.wlaphasia07/BNStory/lifeMain/home

  4. firstoaktmpresident

    Please remember to buy your ticket for the Christmas party next meeting (Dec 6).

    Good news– Robin’s babies are home and doing well!

  5. Example of a Toast

    He was born in Belgium and immigrated to Canada with his parents when he was 14 years old. Due to family financial pressures, he left school in Grade 9 to work in the tobacco fields in Langton near Tillsonburg, Ontario. At age 18, he bought an old army truck and began hauling manure from dairy farms to the tobacco fields.

    A philanthropist and self-made man whose extraordinary achievements in the world of business
    were predicated on a few distinct principles. He believes in hard work, doing the most with
    the least, being determined and consistent, being accountable, and above all,being decisive.

    In 1959, he moved to the Hamilton area. He purchased Laidlaw Transport Ltd.,
    building it into the company that would become the largest school bus operator and third
    largest waste management company in North America.

    During the 1970s, he owned the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.

    In 1988, he sold Laidlaw Inc. to Canadian Pacific and in 1990 retired to Bermuda
    where he still resides. In 1992 he was awarded an honorary degree from McMaster University.

    Please rise and charge up your glasses for a toast

    To Michael deGroote

  6. Toastmaster Role Outline

    Before the meeting

    1) Match Speakers and Evaluators
    a. Confirm Evaluators attendance.
    2) Confirm Speakers Attendance
    a. Speech Title
    b. Which manual is the project from?
    c. Timing?
    d. Introduction information.
    e. Any special setup? i.e. move lectern.
    f. Inform Speakers about their Evaluators.
    3) Contact General Evaluator
    a. Introduction information.
    4) Contact General Evaluator and Chair about 1) and 2) information.

    At the meeting
    (Keep in the back of your mind the meeting’s theme and word of the day)

    Confirm speech titles
    Ask your speakers if they require any special intro or setup to their speech.
    If they require movement of lectern or other material confirm with the sergeant at arms or corporal at arms to make the necessary movements.

    Toast: Ideally the toast is relevant to the theme.

    Example of a toast:
    Violence or non violence? That is the question. It is very important to understand that circumstances play a big factor in the decision making of non violent or violent acts. i.e. your emotional state, is your family’s safety at jeopardy?, are you at risk? What are the consequences? A not so common factor is basically the answer to our Violence or Non Violence Question. Common sense, ironically, not common practice; is very likely to provide us with the right answer under any circumstances.

    Please rise and charge up your glasses for a toast

    To ‘Common Sense’

    Introductions

    We have a fantastic line up of speakers tonight. They will provide us with information from their lives and take us on a journey into their reality. Please listen actively, enjoy and remember to note of constructive points about each speech to provide valuable feedback to our speakers.

    1st Pat Lore

    Pat Lore, our first speaker for the evening has been a toastmaster for over 5 years. Pat’s speech is based on a true story which also happens to be the first step towards achieving her Advanced Toastmaster Silver title. The speech is part of the Advance Manual: Humorously Speaking Speech #1 – Warm Up your Audience.

    Ask the evaluator to read out loud the objectives and timings of the speech.
    Evaluator – Gerry Bram – objectives and timing

    Double check with timer about timing requirements.
    Timer: 5 – 7minutes. Therefore, green at 5, amber at 6 and red at 7.

    Please help me welcome

    Pat Lore “Opera in a Parking Lot” “Opera in a Parking Lot” Pat Lore

    Please take a minute to provide feedback to Pat Lore.

    2nd Peter West

    Peter West, our second speaker for the evening is experienced in many levels. Peter has been a toastmaster for over 12 years. Has held every position in the club has been a district office for District 60 and is the only member that has won the international speaking contest 3 times in a row. Peter’s speech is part of the Advanced Communication and Leadership Series Manual – ‘Specialty Speeches’ – (Speak Off the Cuff)

    Ask the evaluator to read out loud the objectives and timings of the speech.
    Evaluator – Loreen Paterick – objectives and timing

    Double check with timer about timing requirements.
    Timer: 5 – 7minutes. Therefore, green at 5, amber at 6 and red at 7.

    Please help me welcome

    Peter West

    Please take a minute to provide feedback to Peter West

    3rd Matt Wagner

    Matt Wagner, our third speaker for the evening has been a toastmaster for over 6 years. He enjoys martial arts and understands that the best battle is the one that you win without drawing your sword.

    Special Setup: For the speech Matt needs a flip chart and 18 chairs put into the middle of the horseshoe.

    Ask the evaluator to read out loud the objectives and timings of the speech.
    Evaluator – Sara Janelle – objectives and timing

    Double check with timer about timing requirements.
    Timer: 5 – 7minutes. Therefore, green at 5, amber at 6 and red at 7.

    Please help me welcome

    Matt Wagner “The Real Secret” “The Real Secret” Matt Wagner

    Please take a minute to provide feedback to Sara Janelle

    Timing
    Mr./Madam Timekeeper.
    Would you be kind enough to share the times of our speakers with us? (determines voting eligibility)

    Cast Votes
    Dear audience, it is time for the Evaluators. You may cast your vote now or wait until you gain more insight via an evaluation.

    Introduce General Evaluator

    It is my pleasure to introduce our General Evaluator for the night. A passionate bird watcher and a member of toastmaster since February 2007. Please help me welcome Akeel Ghaib.

    Take lectern from GE and Present Awards

    Present Awards
    – table topics, Evaluator and Speaker

    Hand over lectern to Chair

    Turn the lectern over to the Chair for the evening

  7. Table Topics Outline
    Assume 4 participants

    1) Thank Mr/Madam Chair
    2) Greet audience
    3) Ask participant #1 to open the envelope
    4) Explain what Table Topics is …
    5) Ask Mr/Madam Timekeeper for;
    a. Green at 1min
    b. Amber at 1.5mins
    c. Red at 2.0mins
    6) Ask participant #2 to open the envelope
    7) Read participant’s #1 table topic
    8) Participant #1 Table Topic
    9) Synopsis of participant #1
    10) Ask participant #3 to open the envelope
    11) Read participant’s #2 table topic
    12) Participant #2 Table Topic
    13) Synopsis of participant #2
    14) Ask participant #4 to open the envelope
    15) Read participant’s #3 table topic
    16) Participant #3 Table Topic
    17) Synopsis of participant #3
    18) Read participant’s #4 table topic
    19) Participant #4 Table Topic
    20) Synopsis of participant #4
    21) Mr/Madam Timekeeper report (determines voting eligibility)
    22) Give control back to Mr/Madam Chair

  8. Remember to wear your costume to Thursday’s meeting! There are prizes!

  9. Today (Saturday) I was a judge at the Lakeshore Division Humourous and Table Topics contests. Our Area did well, placing John Walker first in the Humourous contest and Phyllis Inward second in the Table Topics contest. What a pity there was only two of us from First Oakville there to have the pleasure of enjoying two excellent contests.

  10. Congratulations Susan Power, our newest Toastmaster and best speaker of the night, October 18th. I sure look forward to hearing more of your speeches.

  11. Congratulations Robin for finding out that he’s a daddy to be times two!

  12. This is a great way to keep in touch with fellow members. As for me, I’m coming along. Approaching week three and after the open-heart surgery got hit with a bout of pneumonia. I’ve turned a corner and anyone interest can follow on my blog at http://www.heartsupport.ca. Looking forward to seeing you all in a couple of more weeks.

  13. Now this is exciting!
    Just think of all the comments we can make about the costumes that people are going to wear to our Halloween Meeting.
    Sara, can we also post pictures somehow on the Blog?
    I want to post pictures from the Area Humourous Speech Contest next week, you know the one where Marion and Hal will be competing.

  14. Sara and Jason, excellent work with this initiative! What a great way to keep the pulse of club activity and happenings with members.

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