Reflecting on Your Path: Toastmasters Finale

Let’s take a look at the Toastmasters Path final project:  Reflect on Your Path.

Reflect on Your Toastmasters Path

Have you ever cleaned out a garage or storage shed and had the great sense of completion that one gigantic task is done?

It’s so satisfying when you close the door and you know that it’s done… for now but right now… Ahhhhh.

This summer, my husband and I have been cleaning out not our own garage, but my parents’ garage.  My parents have lived in this home since… since… Ok, 50 years.  Over the years, they have accumulated objects that well, have some sentimental value, some tools that have lost their value, and a whole lot of dead leaves and spider webs in the corners.

Bit by bit, we’ve tackled this task, and this week, we addressed the back wall – the place where half-full bottles of bug spray and undrinkable soda pop go to die.  The wall of unloved tools and broken ladders and that shelf that we’re all afraid to look behind… Ok, maybe I’m getting a bit over-descriptive here.  But you know what I’m talking about.  That final hurdle of the big task that justifies sitting down with your feet up and something comforting to drink in your hands.

We brought home a trunk full of recyclables, a backseat full of donations, and a significant number of things that just don’t have any value to anyone anymore.  What was left behind?  My childhood sled and a spool of string.

What’s this got to do with Toastmasters?

When you’re done… are you done?  What do you do with what you’ve got when you’re done with a Toastmasters Path? Continue reading “Reflecting on Your Path: Toastmasters Finale”

Visit Other Toastmasters Clubs Today

To visit other Toastmasters clubs around the world is now as simple as logging on.

Can I visit other Toastmasters clubs?

Have you ever wanted to travel the world? Explore exotic locales and meet the people who live there? Or visit the great cities of the world to broaden your understanding?

I always wanted to see Notre Dame in Paris. I’ve seen Notre Dame in Indiana, so it felt like something I ought to do.

Am I stuck here in Ohio?

No I am not. With Toastmasters, I can travel the world without worrying about airport security, missing my flight or hotel reservations.

How?

I’ve talked a lot about the challenges we are facing in Toastmasters with our respective countries’ policies regard the pandemic. Today, let’s talk about the options we have as a result of them! Continue reading “Visit Other Toastmasters Clubs Today”

Top 3 Benefits of Toastmasters Right Now

What are the benefits of Toastmasters during a pandemic?

Do you think there are any benefits of Toastmasters membership right now?

In the middle of a crisis, the one skill that everyone is looking at is communication. Here in the US, we’ve got a choir of voices telling us what’s going on, what we need to do right now, what we should do and when we should do it…

And when you listen to them, you’re deciding who you’re going to trust. What are you basing those decisions on?

It isn’t always their credentials. It isn’t always the message you want to hear so you’re not going to listen to anyone else. Sometimes it’s just a gut feeling…

And how well those ideas are communicated to you.

Which is why there are some very great benefits to being in Toastmasters right now. Continue reading “Top 3 Benefits of Toastmasters Right Now”

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”