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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.”
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.
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.”
The free pizza proved to be the 2nd best part of the experience.
Members from clubs that achieved 5 new members during the Talk It Up Toastmasters event in March and February walked in to find pizza from such establishments as Pepz and Valuetina’s among others wondering what else was in store for them.
Then, all the attendees walked into an assembly hall filled with fog machines, laser machines, strobes and 3 projection screens that is equipment usually reserved for a big concert.
However, the attendees were in for something very different.
Clubs that added five or more new members during the Talk Up Toastmasters Membership Campaign (Feb-Mar 2016) are being rewarded with a FREE Pizza Party on Friday May 6th featuring Keynote Speaker Cindy Carpenter and the Interstellar Madness show.
In addition to your free pizza and drinks you’ll boost your social networking skills as two-time District International Speech Contest Champion Cindy Carpenter leads you through an interactive game that will leave you in stitches and then you’ll wrap up your evening with a musical laser light show designed to entertain and inspire.
All members in qualified clubs are invited and have been sent an email invitation. Please RSVP quickly as this special event has limited seating capacity. Enjoy our new Toastmasters' culture and harness your creativity to reach new heights!