Pathways Accelerator Workshop: Too Fast in Toastmasters?

Can you go too fast in Toastmasters?  Pathways Accelerator Workshop

New Intro:

Are you willing to commit an hour a week to improve your personal life and your career?

Welcome to Toastmasters – where in about an hour a week, we can teach you public speaking and leadership skills. You will change your life as you improve your communication skills and discover the leader inside you. This is Toastmasters 101. I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

How much Toastmasters is too much Toastmasters?

This week, I have 3 scheduled speeches at 3 different Toastmasters club meetings plus the officer training on Saturday – and I’m the trainer for the vice president of PR session. Continue reading “Pathways Accelerator Workshop: Too Fast in Toastmasters?”

Club Officer Roles

Toastmasters Club Officer Roles

There are 7 elected club officer roles in every club.  Let’s take a look at each role:  the responsibilities and the reasons why you may want to consider this for your future. Continue reading “Club Officer Roles”

Level 5: Lessons Learned Elective Project

I joined Toastmasters because my boss told me to.

How many people joined Toastmasters at the recommendation of their bosses? (Thank you, bosses!) They understand that you can make Toastmasters work for you at work. When we look at Level 4 and Level 5, we see some opportunities for you to streamline your Toastmasters progress – and projects at work.  One of these in particular is the Level 5 Lessons Learned elective project.

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3 Tips for the New Toastmaster of the Day

Toastmaster of the Day looks like the most intimidating job at a Toastmasters meeting as it’s the role of the one running the meeting.

Trying to be an agent for order in a swirl of chaos – like a teacher in a swarm of students who are running for the door at the end of a long school day. Being a Toastmaster of the day doesn’t look easy.

Today, I have 3 tips for people who are nervous about taking on the role for the first time.

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The Value of the Leadership Style Quiz

I’ve seen some discussion online about petitioning Toastmasters International to create a single starter level with a number of projects that don’t have to be repeated.  A number of advanced Toastmasters have contributed their ideas, including me.  My idea is the the Leadership Style Quiz and the Communication Style Quiz ought to be included in that beginner’s level.

Repeating speeches is apparently of concern to a number of people.  I even covered it in a previous podcast – toastmasters101.net/31.

The Leadership Style Quiz came up when I attended the District 10 Quality Club Forum Club Recognition Ceremony today.   I heard something that made me sit up and take notice – about the quiz.  About what the Leadership Style Quiz did for one woman.

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Level 4 Electives

Level 4 Electives are exactly the same across all the paths with three exceptions.  Those electives were turned into the required projects for those particular paths.

Level 4 Electives

Looking at this list

  • Create a Podcast
  • Building a Social Media Presence
  • Managing a Difficult Audience
  • Write a Compelling Blog
  • Manage Online Meetings
  • Question-and-Answer Session
  • Public Relations Strategies
  • Manage Projects Successfully

I  see that many of these relate to the newest trends in communications:  online and social media.  Even the Public Relations Strategies project is relating to media, even if it’s hypothetical.  Question and Answer Session, Manage a Difficult Audience, and Manage Projects Successfully do tend to be more in person rather than virtual.

Since you’re listening to me on a podcast, I don’t imagine I have to explain the power of social media and an online presence.  But let’s generally review all of these electives because here’s the start of you using your skills in a very outward fashion. Continue reading “Level 4 Electives”

Visual Aids for Your Speech Presentation: Level 3 Electives

Have you ever watched a TED Talk?  Or an Ignite speech?  or a PechaKucha 0r a Pecha Kucha or a Pikachu – ok, that last one wasn’t the right pronunciation at all, but every time I talk to people about it, I hear this, I figure I should acknowledge it.  All of these presentations include visual aids.  Actually, they include a slide deck.  Are visuals aids limited to the electronic?

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Toastmasters Table Topics

Impromptu speaking – aka Table Topics.  It’s a key component of Toastmasters – we have Table Topics contests!  Why?  What’s the deal?

Did you ever have that conversation where you were the most clever, smartest – and wettest, because you were in the shower at the time?  You know – when you talked to that person who was going to be forced to reckon with your brilliance and concede that of course, you were right all along?

Have you ever had that kind of conversation when the other person was actually present with you – presumably outside of the bathroom? Me neither.  I’m never as eloquent as I am when I’m alone with shampoo in my hair.

Why am I talking about this?  I want to make the point that we don’t usually plan out our casual communications and even when we do, they don’t go the way we expect. Continue reading “Toastmasters Table Topics”

Pathways Catalog and Reference Guide

Did you take the assessment yet?

For some people, the assessment was simply a confirmation of what they want:  they came in already knowing where they want to go.

But what if the assessment didn’t give you the answer you expected?  If you’re not sure or confused by the recommendations from the Assessment, you may need more information.

Do you know where you want to go?  Just put the destination into your smartphone and let the map program give you directions.

But what if you don’t know where you want to go?  Maps don’t help you.  You need something else… to inspire you, to give you ideas… to help you find out what you need to know.  How about a catalog?

There was a time when everything you needed you could find in the Sears catalog.  Nowadays, that’s probably how we would describe Amazon.  How do you find everything you need about Pathways?  With the Pathways Catalog, of course. Continue reading “Pathways Catalog and Reference Guide”

Project 3: What's Your Purpose?

What’s your Speech Purpose?speech purpose

There are 4 main reasons to give a speech:

  • to inform
  • to inspire
  • to entertain
  • to call to action.

By knowing your speech purpose, you’ll be able to limit your topic and exclude material that’s not specific to your speech.    Often, this will help you decide what to include and what to exclude from your presentation.  No matter how funny the joke you heard last night was, you have to decide if it fits into your speech.  As your audience is giving you the time (and time equals money) and attention, they expect value in return.  Your task is to honor them.

Stage Fright

Do you know how many times I had to rerecord “International Astronomical Union” for this podcast?*

This is the kind of thing that makes you get more nervous – repeating an error just drills the bad into your head instead of the good.  Practice the tough lines several times before you go onstage.  If you get it wrong, don’t make a big issue out of it, or make fun of yourself, or apologize.  Just keep moving along.  This minimizes your chances of getting more negative reinforcement.

Stage fright is what we call the negative symptoms our bodies respond with to stress.  These responses can be channeled into positive ways.  You can take that energy and put it into your voice or body movements to create more interest in your speech.  You can’t really ignore it, but you can learn to manage it.  The more opportunities you take to get on stage, the more you’ll gain control of your emotional physical reactions.

Competent Leadership Manual

When you join Toastmasters, you’ll be given two different manuals.  The first – the Competent Communicator Manual – covers the 10 speech projects you’ll do in the meetings.  The other book – the Competent Leadership Manual – will introduce you to the various roles in the Toastmasters meetings, including speaker, timer, grammarian and ah-counter (in many clubs, these roles are combined), evaluator, meeting toastmaster and general evaluator.

*For the record:  3.

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