Let the Toastmasters Contests Begin: Contestants

Ever heard of the World Champion of Public Speaking?  Toastmasters contests recognize one speaker a year as the best.  It starts at the club level and goes all the way up to the International Speech Contest held annually at the International Toastmasters convention.

Toastmasters Contests

The speech contests are a long-time component of Toastmasters program.  Most districts host 2 contests per year.  For some members, this competition is an important part of their Toastmasters experience.

There are pretty much 3 perspectives on the contest.  Some people love them.  Other people loathe them. And in the middle are people who don’t care.

I think that our attitude to the speech contest can change over time. Continue reading “Let the Toastmasters Contests Begin: Contestants”

Evaluation Evaluations

Impromptu Evaluation Speaking

Since we communicate in the moment, often with no opportunity to plan our speech, you see why it’s critical to build those impromptu speaking skills.  It’s not just about meeting that rock star, or getting a chance to pitch the perfect idea in an elevator to the investor or your dreams.  It’s about finding your voice, whatever the situation, and being able to use it.

Are we talking Table Topics here?

Yes, obviously.  But we’re also talking about speech evaluations.  When you think about it, a speech evaluation is pretty much an impromptu speech that requires some logical and rational thought on the fly. Continue reading “Evaluation Evaluations”

Pathways Evaluations

I’ve said for a while that the evaluations you receive and give at a Toastmasters meeting are Toastmasters’ secret sauce.  Immediate feedback has always been recognized as the best way to learn. That reinforcement of your good skills and a look at what could be done to improve make you better faster than everything else.

The evaluation has 2 parts.  The verbal evaluation is the speech that’s given during the club meeting.  The written evaluation is a form you’ll download from the Pathways website for the evaluator to take notes on and return to you after the meeting.

As the speaker, you need to provide the evaluation form from the project.  On the surface, this evaluation form looks fairly standardized.  They are.  There aren’t significant changes from one project evaluation form to another.  What is different? Continue reading “Pathways Evaluations”

What’s Up with Level 1, Project 2?

Ever been lost?  Completely without your bearings?  That uncomfortable moment when nothing looks like you think it should?

Based on what I’m hearing from a lot of Toastmasters, that’s how they feel about Project 2.

Project 2 is complicated.

For Advanced Toastmasters, we’re confused.

For new Toastmasters, we’re confused.

Why is it so confusing? Continue reading “What’s Up with Level 1, Project 2?”