I am sorry to say that I missed the meeting of First Oakville Toastmasters held Thursday March 4th/2010. We shall join our members in a discussion already in progress, started by Toastmaster Peter West in his blog. I would invite any further discussion to take place in the comments following this post. Toastmaster Michelle Gillies
Submitted by Toastmaster Donald Knowles:
This blog entry is in response to Peter’s recent blog and my short response.
First Oakville Toastmasters is becoming a victim of its own success. We are approaching 50 members again. We had 3 guests last night and if they join up then we will be at 50 members, again. A few Q&A may be in order
1) What is the purpose of Toastmasters? To provide an adult night school process where people can learn public speaking, presentation skills, and leadership skills in a supportive and friendly hands on environment.
2) How involved is the Toastmaster Education process? 4 levels on the communication side; CC, ACB, ACS, ACG and 3 levels on the leadership side; CL, ALB, ALS.
3) Are there any special conditions for these certificates? The ACG requires mentoring someone to the first 3 speeches. All the other requirements are for speeches and presentations. The ALS is different as you must be a sponsor, mentor, or coach for a new club. This may be why we do not have anyone with an ALS designation in the club.
With a membership count of 50 it becomes impossible to service everyone with 5 speeches a year. This means that it will take over 2 years to complete 1 level. With only speaking every couple of months it becomes very difficult to develop proficiency. Having 4 speakers a night is proving to be logistically troublesome given that most people do not want a 2 ½ hour meeting. Next year will have at least 4 new CCs in the club. So that means more people giving longer presentations. An important but unappreciated fact is that the meetings are held in the largest room in the Quality Hotel and it will only hold 35 in a U table configuration. I don’t think that everyone would want round tables of 8 on a steady basis, at least not until we offer coupons for chiropractic work on the neck.
So here are the tough questions. Who is happy about the current level of service? Should 1OV start to consider a split? Who would be willing to venture forth? Who would stick with the current club.
Dialogue would be appreciated. Please speak up and let everyone know what you think.
First Oakville Toastmasters
Submitted by Toastmaster Val Clements:
My fellow toastmasters,
This is the great thing about toastmasters. The open forum. I have read Toastmaster West’s blog and I welcome his opinions.
It would be great to satisfy everyone’s desires. To be honest I was thinking more of letting Michael achieve his project rather than Peter’s propensity for new business.
As I said, I’ve read the toastmaster’s blog. Would I do anything differently……….no.
Submitted by Toastmaster Matt Wagner:
To First Oakville Toastmasters,
This is better than Reality Television.
This is why I go to Toastmasters and not stay home on Thursday nights to watch television. No cable fees and far more entertaining.
A message to the newer members.
Before you wonder what is going on here, I just want to say that the combined numbers of years, as Toastmasters for Val and Peter, is well near 35 years of experience.
It is best to just watch them circling.
Surprisingly, this is what makes this club what it is – people expressing themselves well and with passion.
Where do you learn to swim better? In shallow water or deep water?
To Iryna – Happy Woman’s Day.