Speech Topics and Titles: Your Problem with Speeches

Today’s podcast title is Speech Topics and Titles where we’re going to talk about topics and titles for speeches.  It gets a bit meta in here sometimes.

What’s your problem?

I’m baking bread and I have a math problem.

Let’s be a bit honest here. I always have a math problem. The only thing I’m worse at than math – is algebra. Or maybe trigonometry.

I have 3 pans to bake my bread in: two of them are the same, and one is slightly smaller. How do I divide up my dough?

I did what every sane person who can’t do math does – I went on Facebook and posted the question on my feed. In 20 minutes, I had an answer – which was convenient because that’s when I needed to put the dough into the pans.

What does my baking-bread-math-problem have to do with finding  speech topics?

Let’s bite into this problem and discover we’ve got the solution in our very own hands.

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Do you struggle with finding speech topics? This problem starts immediately in Toastmasters after a new member completes the ice breaker. What can we say that won’t bore other people? Continue reading “Speech Topics and Titles: Your Problem with Speeches”

Education Sessions: The Big Stages at Toastmasters Events

Education Sessions at Toastmasters conferences, education days and officer training events: do you want to take the bigger stage and speak to a larger Toastmasters audience?

Education Sessions – Step Up and Step Out

The districts are announcing their Annual Conferences right about now, and maybe you’ve seen some calls for presenters. Does that intimidate you – or challenge you?

Maybe a bit of both?

Today, let’s chat a bit about the bigger stages in our districts – Annual Conferences, fall education days, and Officer Training. Continue reading “Education Sessions: The Big Stages at Toastmasters Events”

Toastmasters Open Houses to Recruit New Members

How to run Toastmasters Open Houses

Why do we have Toastmasters Open Houses? Do you know what kind of turnover you can expect in a Toastmasters club in one year?

I actually did the math and you know what? Toastmasters International is probably right.

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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. I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

Recruiting New Members in the DCP

Toastmasters clubs have a metric to determine how well they’re serving their members. The Distinguished Club program has a list of goals that a club should be aiming for. Most of those goals are education awards earned by the members. some of the goals are administrative – reporting the new officers, getting them trained, and paying dues on time in both September and March.

But there are two more goals – building membership. Continue reading “Toastmasters Open Houses to Recruit New Members”

Building a Storytelling Path

Making Your Pathways Work For You

If you’ve been listening to the past year’s podcasts of Toastmasters 101, you’ve heard me say that I want a good storytelling path.

Sadly, it’s not in development as far as I know. When I last asked, I was told that no new paths are being worked on now.

Hmmph.

So what am I going to do?

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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.

While working on this podcast, I’ve seen that the difference between the paths is not tremendously significant. Levels 1 and 2 are virtually identical. Level 3 – the majority of it is public speaking skills. Pathways really doesn’t diverge to concentrate on the different fields until Level 4.

Even then, the projects are pretty much the same across the paths. Even Level 5 has many of the same projects.

So if I’m asking for a storytelling path, what might I get? Continue reading “Building a Storytelling Path”

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.

Continue reading “Level 5: Lessons Learned Elective Project”

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.

Continue reading “3 Tips for the New Toastmaster of the Day”

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.

Continue reading “The Value of the Leadership Style Quiz”

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”