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The Founder’s District Judges' Bureau has completed another successful speech contest season. During the 2012-2013 community speech contest season, 30 judges completed 421 hours of community service for 26 events.
The Lions Clubs’ speech contests for high school students hosted nine of the 26 events, while the Rotary Clubs hosted four speech contests for high school students. The Academic Decathlon hosted four contests –Orange County, California, National, and a Junior Varsity event. Two contests for high school students were hosted by the National Management Association – the chapter event at Boeing in Huntington Beach, and the contest at the Western Leadership Development Conference in San Diego. The District is pleased to report that six Toastmasters from TI District 5 generously volunteered their time and effort to judge the contest in San Diego. They all enjoyed the experience and they look forward to judging other community events. Other clients that requested the services of the Judges Bureau for another year included Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) that hosted two events, Concordia Homeschooled Challenge, and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA).
Distinguished Toastmasters Michael Varma, Peter Albini and Kevin Graham added color commentary for more than 100 entries in the 22nd annual Lake Forest Fourth of July parade.
This hometown star spangled salute filled with entertainers, sports teams, church groups, hot rods and city officials were watched by more than 6,000 residents sitting on the sidewalks, including a pretty pink poodle named Margarita.
The red, white and blue entries started the mile long parade route at 10 a.m. at El Toro High School and concluded near Heritage Hill Historical Park. Varma and his talented talkers kept the crowd engaged with good family humor, Independence Day trivia, and Lake Forest fun facts.
City leaders believe the annual Independence Day parade signifies the importance of embracing the city’s rich, historical past so that future generations may enjoy the same hometown spirit. The city's motto, "Remember the past, challenge the future," is the Lake Forest way of life.
Michael Varma, Peter Albini and Kevin Graham announce the 22nd annual Lake Forest Fourth of July Parade
It seemed everyone was there. Leaders were trained and leaders trained. The numbers were impressive. Around 900 members were in attendance at the two events on June 1 and June 29. The variety of sessions offered more than officers’ training. The highlighted workshops included "Secrets to Better Photos", "Job Interview: Get Them to Say Yes", "7 Habits of Successful Leaders", "Winning a Humorous Speech Contest", "The P5 Model for Presentation Success", "You Can Turn the Table on Table Topics", "Sharing the Gift of Toastmasters: A Simple Way to Build a New Club", and "They're Not Laughing Because You're Not Funny. But You Can Be". Much magic was required from almost 50 volunteers at each event to plan the day and deliver the 25 educational classes each appropriately at Chapman and Biola Universities.
Recognition and appreciation must be given to Siri Payakapan, DTM and Wilma Springer, DTM, PDG who planned and coordinated the event, spread the message and assured that the day would be memorable and club officers would be ready to lead Founder’s District to greatness and be Distinguished for the 2013-2014 terms.
Welcome to a brand new Toastmasters year! I hope you are as excited as I am about continuing your journey of fun and fellowship in the Toastmasters program. The Toastmasters program has so much to offer, I sometimes feel like a kid in a "Sweet Factory" candy store--scanning a myriad of colorful candy jars filled with chocolate covered gummy bears, gummy fruity dinosaurs, assorted fruit flavored jelly beans, tropical fruit salt water taffy--and can't decide on what to put first in my bag! I hope you have enjoyed a good assortment of fun and friendship as you worked on your listening, thinking, speaking and leadership skills in and outside your club last year--because there is so much more to enjoy in the New Year.
“I don’t know what to talk about,” is one of the most common excuses for not giving a speech. Fortunately for you Frances Jordan Stein, Ph.D., DTM, can turn your (speaking) life around with one question.
Every person you meet wants to know, but is afraid to ask, “Who has been a light in your life?” Answer the following questions and fill in the blanks and you’ll have “something to talk about.”
Today I will talk about who has been a light and made a difference in my life.
Body of speech:
Describe the main character and tell how and what that person has said and done to make a difference in your life.
[There might be many events, but select only three main points to explain.]
Closing: Tell what makes the story important to you and what you hope others understand are key “take-aways.”
Take a bow. You’re all done. That was easy…but why was it so easy?
It’s a technique called “Speech Starters”. Speech Starters are questions that give rise to meaningful material that you can use in a conversation with others, organize a speech and deliver it with passion.
Here are three additional speech starters that you can “pop into” the above template and have a winning, passionate presentation every time.
1. Who do you admire and how would you benefit having him/her as your mentor?
2. What has made you a better human being?
Share how others will benefit knowing this information.
3. Excluding your computer and smart phone, what one item couldn't you live without?
Talk about why it is important, what it does for you and how it simplifies your life.
To ensure your speech has a strong closing and your audience has tangible “take-aways,” ask these questions:
Speaker’s Tip (and favorite mantra):
Never make a point without a story.
Never tell a story without a point.