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First Oakville Toastmasters – Annual Christmas Party

Dear members be ready for our magical holiday celebration!

Thursday, December 8, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM at

O’Finn’s Irish Temper

Bring your family and friends!

  • $42 Tickets on sale now – 3 course meal included
  • Raffle & Games – Door raffle proceeds go to charity
  • Please bring non-perishable food donations.

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Roger Caesar World Championship of Public Speaking semi-finalist is coming to Oakville!

Roger has been the District 86 Toastmasters champion for the last two years and semi-finalist of the World Championship of Public Speaking

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Do not miss this opportunity to hear Roger and feel inspired by his passion and confidence at the upcoming First Oakville Toastmasters Open House.

Join us and see how Toastmasters can help you, as it has helped so many others!

Thursday November 3, 2016 – 7:30pm to 9:30pm

RSVP: vpprfotm@gmail.com

 

Location:

Knights Of Columbus Oakville (Marian Hall)

1494 Wallace Rd

Oakville, ON

L6L 2Y2

 

 

Happy Halloween!

Another exciting night full of energy at First Oakville Toastmasters. Creative costumes, 3 great speeches, 2 new members induction, candies, lots of learning and friendship.
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Even a special Spark Plug Award to toastmaster Scott Richardson for an outstanding speech that inspired and moved us.
Thank you all for your enthusiasm and Have a wonderful Halloween!

OPEN HOUSE – First Oakville Toastmasters

Are you looking to

  • Build your confidence

  • Grow as a leader

  • Improve your communication and public speaking skills

 

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Join us for our Open House and see how this forum can help you, as it has helped so many others.

Thursday November 3, 2016 – 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Meeting Location:
Knights Of Columbus Oakville (Marian Hall)
1494 Wallace Rd
Oakville, ON
L6L 2Y2

RSVP: Vpprfotm@gmail.com

First Oakville Toastmasters took first place in both Contests at Area 36 – District 86!

Congratulations to our winners:

  • Peter West – 1st Place   – Table Topic Speech Contest
  • Adrian Scott -1st Place – Humorous Speech Contest.

Thank you for your permanent dedication to Toastmasters and for being an inspiration to our Club.

Extended thank you goes to Cheryl Etherington who also did a great job representing our club in the area 36 humorous speech, and to all FOTM members  who were present last night taking important roles as Chief Judge, Judge, Counters, Timers,  but specially supporting our contestants.

Peter West and Adrian Scott are off to the Division B Speech Contests to be held October 20th.

Congratulations once again!

 

Humorous and Table Topic Speech Contest Winners

The first two club-level contests of the season were held at First Oakville Toastmasters last Thursday Sep 22. It was very entertaining and educational sessions were we have the opportunity to learn from wonderful speakers.

We want to send a big Thank You to everyone who participated in our contests and helped make them a success! And very special congratulations to Peter West the winner of FOTM – Table Topic Contest and to Adrian Scott, the winner of FOTM – Humorous Speech Contest.

Peter West, our immediate past president, was among seven fabulous contestants. He did a very concise and interesting speech of “Service” about on how we at Toastmasters are always serving each other to become the speakers and leaders.

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Impromptu speech has been for me one the most challenging experiences. I asked our winner to share his strategy so we could learn from the best and he said:

“I am surprised and delighted to have won again. I won the Table Topic contest at FOTM last year and also I won the Table Topics at District level a couple years ago. I now can trust myself enough to know that I will remain calm no matter what and if I need to think I can take the time and nobody will really notice. This comes from participation. I still do some personal coaching which means I must listen intently to what is being said and be prepared to respond in the moment. That’s how impromptu speaking helps me in my daily life”.

If you would like to win the next Table Topics Speech, I strongly suggest to follow this key tips from our winner Peter West:

  1. Volunteer as often as possible for the weekly table topics and always enter the club level contest as you stand a good chance of winning.
  2. Practice speaking loudly in front of a mirror…read from a book if necessary but practice like this so your own voice doesn’t scare you when you start speaking in front of people.
  3. Practice adding big gestures as you speak. Generally you can’t over do it so go big with gestures and be loud with your voice.

In our Humorous speech contest we also had fabulous contestants. As announced, Adrian Scott our Area Director last season, became the winner with a very entertaining and humorous speech about why he decided to join the club. It was inspired form his Vocal Variety project in which the speech was centred round his one letter conversations ‘M”.

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Adrian said that for him winning this contest is “a culmination of 6 years training proof that the Toastmaster program works”. Humour is not a critical component of his everyday life, even thought he knows it should be, and needs to be.

Adrian said “Toastmasters is the safe haven the one spot where he can let go of serious of life for a few hours” and which has helped him to develop and continuously improve at humorous speeches and became our winner this year!

Follow this recommendations from Adrian and you could be the winner of the next humorous speech contest:

  1. Enter. If you don’t enter you can’t win
  2. Don’t force the humour. Let it develop naturally.  There are always funny stories in your life.
  3. Find your inner funny bone.  Everyone has a different style.  Find your style and develop it.
  4. Practice and discussion with your mentor. 
  5. HAVE FUN. 

Adrian and Peter will represent First Oakville Toastmaster in the upcoming area contest to be held in October 4.

Be there and be ready to cheer them on!