The General Evaluator Creates Great Meetings

What’s a general evaluator?  What do they do?  Why should you take on the role?

As I was chatting with my protege Joy today about tomorrow’s meeting, she told me that it took her 3 weeks to figure out how to spell our club’s name.

Yeah, Cuyahoga is not the easiest word to spell or even guess at the spelling of.  Since it’s most prominently known as an environmental disaster site in the 1950s and 60s, I never thought she’d have a hard time with it – but our burning river has apparently lived down its reputation.

You see, I have a blind spot.  I’ve pretty much lived in this part of Ohio all of my life.  I don’t notice that Cuyahoga – spelled C U Y A H O G A – is a complicated word to spell.   So Joy, who lives about 800 miles from us, has no idea how to find us online.

That’s what a good general evaluator does for the club meetings.  They help us look at the blind spots that club might miss.  Today on the podcast, we take a look at the master of the Toastmasters secret sauce of success:  the role of general evaluator. Continue reading “The General Evaluator Creates Great Meetings”

Your Speech Introduction: Sell Your Speech First

How an introduction visit to a different Toastmasters meeting changed my club meeting participation forever.

Two shocking changes improved our Toastmasters meetings – you can do these too!

Do you get emails with this kind of subject line? Do you see ads with phrases like “You won’t believe what happened next!”

Yep, me too. In fact, that’s part of my paid job – to write sales copy and headlines that will encourage people to click through to look at a product. So I’m very aware of them.

Clickbait or Curiosity?

Some techniques are manipulative, I agree. The best ones aren’t manipulative – they create curiosity in the people who need this product. They scratch that itch, as it were.

What does this have to do with Toastmasters? What if you could write a title and an introduction to your speech that gets your audience excited for what you’re about to tell them?

Today on Toastmasters 101 podcast, I’m going to give you a few hints about how to make your audience respond better to your speech – and it will change your Toastmasters experience forever!

Intro

Do you want to change the world – but don’t have the skills you need? Toastmasters can help you learn how to communicate your message well – and become a leader at the same time.

This is Toastmasters 101 and I’m your host, Kim Krajci

Introduction to a New Toastmasters Club

What did I learn when I visited another club for the first time?

When I found out I could visit other clubs, I immediately picked the first Toastmasters club I’d ever heard of – it met in the office building where my mother worked. The club – then it was Firestone Toastmasters – had several advanced Toastmasters. Many of the members had been in Toastmasters for years.

I was made very welcome and discovered that not all Toastmasters meetings are alike. Yes, our structure is essentially the same – prepared speeches, Table Topics, evaluations – but this club had a flair that I genuinely enjoyed. Two people showed me potential that I hadn’t seen at my home club. Continue reading “Your Speech Introduction: Sell Your Speech First”

Get Ready for Online Toastmasters Meetings

After spending time on Pathways, taking the quizzes, reading the material, I created a presentation and practiced, so I’m ready for my online Toastmasters meetings, right?

Not yet.  There are a couple of extra steps that we need to take now that we’re having online Toastmasters meetings that were easier in person.  Today on the podcast, we’ll review the steps you need to take to be ready for your next presentation at your online Toastmasters meetings.

INTRO

Do you want to improve your public speaking and presentation skills?  Then Toastmasters is here for you – we’ll help you develop the skills you need in a safe and fun environment.  This is Toastmasters 101 and I’m your host, Kim Krajci.

The Value of Preparation

I have this friend, a former Toastmaster, who has this rule:  prior proper planning prevents problems.  He also believes that arriving on time is late and less is not more – intense guy.  But he is right, even if the sentiment is pretty much the exact opposite of my style.  Coasting in right on time, for me, is a personal victory.  Getting someplace early – that’s just nuts to me.

But yeah, he does have a point.  Preparation for a meeting does make it go easier for you, if not for everyone else. Continue reading “Get Ready for Online Toastmasters Meetings”

Toastmasters Meetings: Why you should go

Oh, not another meeting.  It’s that time of year when we in the northern hemisphere know that spring is coming – months from now. We want to sink down into a warm blanket and sip something soothing and not leave until that groundhog’s prediction no longer matters. But there’s a Toastmasters meeting. Why should we go to Toastmasters this week? we ask.

Intro

Can you spare an hour a week to change your life?  With Toastmasters, you can find the voice inside you and discover the leader you can become.  This is the Toastmasters 101 podcast.  I’m your host, Kim Krajci

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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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