New Toastmasters and Ice Breaker Speeches

We’ve got a new member or two in our Toastmasters club.  They’re working through the Toastmasters education program Pathways and selected their paths.  As they get ready to give their ice breaker speeches, I’ve been asked for advice.

What do you tell someone who’s getting ready to give their first speech in Toastmasters?

Today, we’ll talk about how to coach someone – or how to look at your first speech – and what not to expect.

Intro

Do you dream of changing the world?  With a goal that big, you need the leadership skills and public speaking expertise to make your dream come true.  Toastmasters is dedicated to teaching these skills in a fun and safe environment.  We’re meeting online right now – so you can join any club in the world.  This is Toastmasters 101 podcast, and I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

Ice Breaker Speeches

Have you heard the statistic out there that 90% or so of members join Toastmasters to learn public speaking?  I believe it.  In the past couple of months, we’ve gotten three new members in our club that span the range of the average member:  terrified, motivated, and aware of their shortcomings in the face of change in their career.

How do you advise them about their ice breaker speeches? Continue reading “New Toastmasters and Ice Breaker Speeches”

Level 2 Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring

When you think of the relationships in your life, you’ll probably think about parents, siblings, maybe teachers or bosses that had a positive impact in your life.  There might also be people who had a negative impact – bullies or the mean old guy who lived down the street who shook his cane at you and told you to get off his lawn.

How many of those people were in your life because you wanted them?

We do get to make choices about some of the people in our lives – our friends, our spouses or significant others, and our mentors.

Picking mentors

I’ve been fortunate that my first mentor relationship was of my choosing.  Continue reading “Level 2 Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring”