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Leadership ’09 Trailer

Here are some outtakes about why you need to be at Leadership ’09. Enjoy!

Oh, and if you haven’t signed up for Leadership ’09…sign-up here!


More Than What You Bargained For…

deal-for-youWhen we first joined Toastmasters we wanted to become better speakers. We hoped to become better leaders. And we knew that if all went well we could expect to become better listeners. What we didn’t know was how much we could learn simply from hearing other people’s speeches.

Since becoming a Toastmaster I’ve heard hundreds, possibly thousands of speeches. I’ve personally learned about geocaching, the cool art of high tech treasure hunting. I’ve learned about Tae Kwon Do and what it takes to become a black belt. I’ve even learned how to make brownies over a campfire while camping.

There is so much to learn from other people. I decided to see what some of you have learned from speeches you have heard. I randomly picked 2 people from each of District 7’s 36 areas, and emailed them asking what the last speech they heard was and what they learned from it.

Here are some of the responses:
The last speech I heard in Toastmasters was from one of our oldest members, Ray Stout, where he reminisced about his trekking adventures through the forest of Oregon and description of images in brilliant graphic details, which remained etched in his mind even after 40 odd years.

The main aspect of his speech was the way he described scenes which helped us to picture the same with no effort at all. Additionally, it’s always a learning experience listening to people from various cultures, backgrounds and ethnicity.

Anoop John
Oregonian Toastmasters
My comment is not about a PARTICULAR speech, but I always tell new and potential members, that “our Toastmasters club is a GREAT way to begin a Wednesday morning– I PROMISE you’ll laugh, and learn something EVERY single week…..

Gloria Feider Polzin
Estacada Rivermasters Club
We recently heard a speech in our club regarding NLP or neuro-linguistic programming. It was an interesting approach to calming your thought before any activity that is stressful. It can be employed in a large variety of situations including Toastmasters speeches. NLP, consciously or unconsciously, relies heavily upon (1) the notion of the unconscious mind as constantly influencing conscious thought and action; (2) metaphorical behavior and speech, especially building upon the methods used in Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams; and (3) hypnotherapy as developed by Milton Erickson.

Ted Stonecliffe
Clarke County Toastmasters
Last speech I had heard was mine. It was an impromptu speech called “My Day at the Beach”. What I had learned from the speech is the immediate feedback from the audience. I find out what works…is my message getting thru to people do I see nods of acknowledgement, laughter from a funny. Staying focused on a speech about the beach so I have people’s attention. Not to have the audience attentions wander.

Charles Grosvenor
Talk-In-Tel Toastmasters
I did the last speech in our Toastmasters club, My point was to let my people know where I was before I came here and all about the many coats one wears in life and how life is always changing.

Vida Seitz
Banfield Barkers

With so many things to learn in this world, I feel privileged to be among Toastmasters friends, learning about their lives and their experiences. If I’m lucky I might learn how to change a tire, how to become a millionaire in 3 easy steps, or how to add more than 24 hours to a day. For now, I’m thankful for another opportunity that Toastmasters has offered me…to get more than what I bargained for.


Everyone Needs a Mentor!

Yes, you read that right…everyone needs a mentor! Someone you look up, someone you admire, and when it boils right down to it, someone who can help you along your path of self-improvement. 

Mentors are not just for the “newbie” Toastmaster. Consider that many advanced Toastmasters have mentors or coaches to help them achieve their goals. In fact, most would say their successes wouldn’t be possible without a good mentor. 

If you would like a mentor, you are in luck! Toastmasters is FULL of people who love to help and mentor others. 

To find the right Mentor for you, consider: 

1. What you need to know and who can learn it from? Who, in my club, area, division or district, has the experience I seek? 

2. Which Toastmaster’s style do I admire or wish to emulate? 

3. Who is in a position that I aspire to reach someday within my club, district or profession? 

4. Who do I feel a connected with? Who do I respect? Who is supportive?

 The answer to these questions is likely your mentor. Don’t be afraid to ask them to be your mentor. Regardless of your level and/or experience in Toastmasters, let them know you would like their help. More than likely, they will be flattered and eager to mentor you.

Once you’ve found a mentor, come up with a plan together on how they can help you. Sit down with them, let them know where you’re at and where you want to be. Set some goals. Use this helpful goal setting worksheet to help you plan them out. The path to your longest journeys in life starts with the first step. 

Remember, at any point in your life or your walk in Toastmasters, a Mentor can help. Sometimes you’ve achieved quite a bit but you need someone else to push you to that next level. 

If nothing else, it can never hurt to have another fan on your sidelines, cheering you on!


Becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster. It’s easier than you think!

Becoming a Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) is easier then you think. It may seem overwhelming if you think about everything you have to do on both the communication and leadership tracks to achieve Toastmasters highest honor of Distinguished Toastmaster.

But like most anything, if you set a goal and put a little planning behind it, you can accomplish it without too much complication. I created a DTM planning spreadsheet so you can easily track your progress. It really helped me to see it laid out like this. I was able to plan for each of my awards. I hope it will help you too.

It’s such a rewarding feeling to plan out something as significant as this and then to achieve it.

DTM. It’s easily within your reach. Plan it out and become a DTM. You’ll be glad you did!


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