Written by Sheila C
The Details of Life was the theme for today.
We had two fantastic speeches today. Patricia (who achieved DTM last year) gave us an experienced Icebreaker with an organized, entertaining speech that included visual aids. Sharon gave us a look at an important historical figure as she completed her 10th speech in her Competent Communicator manual. Way to go, Sharon!
Table Topics provided us a unique view into Cathie’s fridge, the sound surrounding Katherine, how Judy packs to ride the ferry, and the details that fill Loretta’s morning routine.
I found myself completely absorbed with the minutiae of the meeting in my role as General Evaluator. Time passed quickly and I was thrilled to check another box in my Competent Leadership manual.
Putting myself out there and trying (scary and layered as it may be) is making a difference. I encourage everyone to sign up for new roles. Some are easier than others and some are harder than they appear. I appreciate the balance of skills that Toastmasters offers us in our steps toward growth.
And now, here’s a re-cap of the recent District 96 Conference:
District 96 Fall/2014 Conference
I was fortunate to represent Morningstars at the District conference in Port Moody on October 24 and 25. This was the first ever conference for this brand new district, since all of British Columbia Toastmasters clubs (formerly District 21) have now been split into two districts (21 and 96).
I attended nearly all of the events–keynote speakers, educational sessions, business meeting, awards ceremony, contests, and meals. Here are some notes that might be beneficial to my fellow Toastmasters and anyone interested in Toastmasters.
Keynote from Angus Reid, Football Player
Have a dream, build your team, then make it happen. Sounds easy, right? What if you’re too short, don’t have the wingspan, and your health knocks you down? Have a dream (the dream is everything, and goals are not dreams), build your team (your support network, the people who know your dream and support it), and make it happen (find out what you need to do and do it, set goals and accomplish them).
From Ryan Avery, 2012 World Champion Public Speaker
Recommended reading: Speak Like Churchill, Stand Like Lincoln, by James Humes.
- Remove the words “just” and “only” from your speaking vocabulary.
- Enter with energy.
- Exit with energy, power, strength.
- You are judged by how you enter, and remembered for how you leave.
- Laughing builds likability.
- Sharing your failures builds relate-ability.
- Acronym for a good speech. S.M.I.L.E. Simple story, Mistake made, Imitate, Laugh, Energy
- Stop multi-tasking. Focus.
- Pick the “right” team, don’t just fill the position. (I might never forget the funny story that went with this. You can ask me about it in person.)
- The only competition is yourself. Now raise your right hand as high as you can in the air. Ok? Now raise it two more inches. Everyone’s potential is enormous. Are you reaching yours?
From Marti MacEwan: The Stage Fright Cure and the Rapid Relief Process
Stagefright is a perceived threat.
1. Get objective. Tune in. Observe self and situations (present and past/childhood).
2. Create safety. Practise, practise, practise. Wear comfortable clothing. Try out the stage ahead of time. Breathe from diaphragm. Swing your arms around to bring blood back to extremities.
3. Use Rapid Relief Process (contact Marti for how to do that–she did give examples but too many to describe here) to clear the negativity that is creating the illusion of fear, and to charge up the positive emotions.
From Dai Manuel: Fitness Town
Dai is a healthy fit guy who was an obese child. He is now promoting healthy habits in the workplace and developing strategies for getting active. Informative and interesting.
Other News for District 96
The Yukon Territories will be joining District 96. There are two clubs in Whitehorse. It is being considered for them to join an “Area” in the city of Vancouver to make travel/flights more feasible.
The next District 96 conference is in early May, 2015 in Prince George, BC. Gene Vickers, District Governor, is arranging a Party Bus to get members to and from the event. The fall/2015 conference location will be voted on at the spring conference (Sunshine Coast, anyone?). The spring, 2016 conference will be in Burnaby, BC.