Clearing the Clutter for Completing CC & CLs

“Goals. There’s no telling what you can do when you get inspired by them.There’s no telling what you can do when you believe in them. There’s no telling what will happen to you when you act upon them.” — Jim Rohn, personal development & business philosopher

In his inspiration speech at the first Morningstars Toastmasters of 2016, Frank C. revealed his love for making lists. He jots down his to-dos, to-fixes and to-buys on a white piece of paper that he calls “my whiteberry.”

According to Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the . . .” creator and inspirational speaker) in his book, The Success Principles, “failing to complete robs you of valuable attention units.” We can only pay attention to so many things at one time, and each to-do, to-fix or to-complete on your mental lists leaves fewer attention units to dedicate to present tasks.

It’s easy to see the clutter in our closets, in the corners of the living room or scattered across our home office. But there are times that the clutter is in our minds. The mental record that repeats all the things we “should do” or “need to do.” Instead of using valuable “attention units” rehashing what it is you should do, make a list and focus on the steps you can take to complete the task.

Frank’s speech was a good reminder for us to take stock of what we would like to accomplish this year, personally and as a Toastmaster. We are officially half way through the season. Where are you on your CC or CL completion goals? What do you need to scratch an item off your list and bring you one step closer to finishing?

Riding on that theme, Sheila C. offered a refresher on the various roles and responsibilities that depends upon YOU as a member. In Toastmasters, you learn by participating. There are many roles to fill and all meeting participants play an important part in making the club experience educational and enjoyable.

Sheila outlined the roles which are highlighted in the Competent Leadership (CL) manual. As an extension to her speech, the roles have been added to the club’s website under resources at

However, many of us have CC goals that we are looking to complete. Johanna R. encouraged us to tap into our storytelling side by entering the Festival of the Performing Arts’ “Speech and Dramatic Arts” category. The festival is from April 11 – May 1, 2016 with the mentioned category on April 20th starting at 9am.  The deadline for entry is February 7th.  For more information, visit

_________________. The deadline is January 30, 2016.

Welcome back!

PS – Don’t forget to sign up for roles for next week’s meeting. The theme is “Contrary to Popular Belief.”

The Date Our Lives Changed

Sunshine Coast BC Gibsons ToastmastersWritten by: Weegee S.

Do you remember the date your life changed? Can you pinpoint the month, day or at least the year that life took a different path?  Turns out most of us on the Sunshine Coast can — and we all have something in common.

This morning, in the living room of the lovely Judy L., we shared our story of crossing Howe Sound with all of our valuables in a moving van with family (or friends) to start a new life on this isolated section of the lower mainland.  Whether it was Canada Day or the ever popular year of 2004, each person remembered the day they landed at Langdale. The day their lives changed for the better.

For some, the move to the coast was a last ditch effort to find the cozy bedroom community for raising kids. For others, it was a move to to finally find themselves and their passion without the distraction of metro life. Many sought to find an area to call home that they could contribute to, merge with.

In the end, all of us moved to the Sunshine Coast searching for something no other location can offer — a deep sense of community.

We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. ~Herman Melville

As each speaker stated in their own unique way, community has served a vital role in our shared coastal lives. It helps us engage when we are isolated or detached. It is our support system when tragedy strikes. It is our round of applause when we nervously (but wonderfully) give our second speech.

There is something to be said about the positive interactions with others who share a vested interest in our neighborhood, city and area of the world. There’s something magical about a neighborhood where people say hello to strangers. It’s enchanting the way an organization can open its door and arms to a new comer. It’s amazing how we flourish when surrounded by open, receptive and kind people.

That’s why our landing date is such an important one . . . and made for an excellent Toastmasters theme.

A special thank you to Judy L. for providing us with coffee, treats and a lovely meeting location. Mad props to Ria Q. for an amazing second speech.

REMINDER: Next week, we are meeting at FUSE Community Work Hub in lower Gibsons for Table Topics Intensive.

See you there!