Friday, 01 July 2016 01:27

Expand Your Horizons

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Trio52016-2017 Top 5 District Officers

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Toastmasters year, an extraordinary year with a diverse and dynamic team of 15 District elected leaders!  In addition, we have 5 managers, 50 area directors, dozens of District Chairs and many assistant roles offering a uniquely combined set of knowledge, experience, and talents.  The new Founder's District leadership team is listed below for your information.

My vision for Founder’s District this year is to:

  • advance the work of Founder’s District 
  • LEAD Founder’s District's 220+ clubs in over 50+ cities from Los Angeles to Orange Counties.
  • prepare both Founder’s District and the forthcoming Century District (District 100) to achieve excellence.   
Sunday, 26 June 2016 17:06

Founder's District Gets Audacious

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Photo by Jimmy KhathInstallationDinner 20160623 101Richard Snyder, PID, presides over Installation Dinner Meeting.

It was fitting that outgoing 2015-16 Founder’s District Director, Pan Kao, set the tone for a fun and varietal Founder’s District Installation Dinner for the new district council as Founder’s District found itself back at the Knott’s Berry Farm Hotel in the 9th floor ballroom.


He instructed each audience member to fold up blue pieces of paper to ultimately make paper airplanes after instructing everyone to write down an audacious goal that pertains to their leadership position going into the 2016-17 Toastmasters International year. After the folding was done, blue paper airplanes were flying everywhere as if the Blue Angels were part of the festivities. It was as fun as much as it was a great message by Pan to dream big as part of the leadership opportunities all the incoming leaders have going into 2016-17.

Lou Correa and Pan

Time flies! You are probably curious about what I have learned this past Toastmaster year as the first District Director of the Founder’s District. I’ve learned that in order to become a successful communicator and leader, one needs to “be a practitioner, not a theorist.”

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 21:54

The Stage is a Visual Aid

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DennisPopp

Using the stage
Competitors at speech contests move about the stage to facilitate their communication. That is, they use the stage as a visual aid. Usually, there’s lots of room available, but you, as a speaker, must abandon the lectern.

Three major reasons for a speaker to move about the stage are create a timeline, structure the talk or facilitate a story.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016 16:43

Evaluation, or ... Criticism

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DennisPopp

 

Kate McKay said in an essay:
“It is not pleasant . . . to be criticized. . . (but) we really ought to congratulate ourselves every time we learn of a new fault . . . To know of a fault . . . should be instantly to challenge its continuance.”

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