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  • Toastmasters was rebranded a couple of years ago. While people that know Toastmasters know it for public speaking, the rebranding showcases the leadership development that has always been there but that has not been so well known.
  • The educational system within Toastmasters has the better known Communication as well as Leadership tracks
  • Within the first speech manual, members work on a series of 10 projects or speeches that focus on the basics of public speecking with each project having a different focus.
  • After completing the first manual and becoming a “Competent Communicator”, members can select from a wide variety of advanced manuals. Each manaul has 5 projects or speeches and the theme include Storytelling, Public Relations, Speaking to Inform, Persuasive Speaking, Technical Presentations, and many more. So it is easy to find a theme that you’d like to work on or develop your skills further.
  • Within the Competent Leader manual members get credit for taking on roles at club meetings and about 70% of the projects can be completed just by attending meetings and taking on roles. The remaining projects include things like mentoring a new member through their first three speeches and taking part in campaigns or special projects within the club, area, division, or district.
  • While there are a lot of DTMs within Toastmasters with many new one achieved every year, the majority of members don‘t achieve this award. Wiithin Word Weavera we have one member that has already achieved DTM and two more that should be achieving this in the coming weeks.
  • Now that you‘ve seen the Communication and Leadership Tracks, you have a better understanding of this picture.
  • This is Toastmaster view of the world as of July 2011.
  • In the 2014-15 Toastmaster year, D71 and D59 will be spliting from 2 to 4 districts. This year D59 is being divided into a Northeast and Southwest, with a few key district oficers having two people in preparation for the official split next year.
  • Members are the focus of most everything that is done at Toastmasters. Members make up Clubs, Clubs make up Areas, Areas form Divisions, Divisions form Districts, and Districts then form Regions.
  • The World Champion of Public Speaking is determined at the International Convention. Each holds a club contest where the winners advance through series of contests that lead to the Annual Convention usually held in the Summer. There is also a series of contests in the Fall, but this ends at the District level. Next year the Annual Convention is being held in Kuala Lumpur. I highly recommend attending the District 59 Fall Conference being held in Budapest, as it will be one of the last opportunities to meet with Toastmasters from Contental Europe.
  • When asked why people joined Toastmasters surveys tend to show these reasons why people join Toastmasters.
  • Toastmasters provides many opportunities for members to mentor and to be mentored. You can use your mentoring experiences in other parts of your life (professionally and in other organizations that you belong to).
  • Ultimately the number speeches and frequency that you give them is totally up to you, but you have a friendly environment where people want to see you improve and succeed.
  • Word Weavers/Toastmasters 101

    1. 1. Word Weavers/Word Weavers/ Toastmasters 101Toastmasters 101
    2. 2. Established in 1924 More than 270,000 members in over 13,000 clubs in 116 countries around the world Toastmasters- Where Leaders Are Made Facts and Figures 2
    3. 3. Educational System 5
    4. 4. Speech organization Eye contact Gestures Use of humor Vocal variety Visual Aids The Communication Track 6
    5. 5. Communication Awards 6 Competent Communicator (CC) 10 speeches from the CC manual Advanced Communicator – Bronze (ACB) Complete speeches in 2 Advanced manuals (~10 speeches) Advanced Communicator – Silver (ACS) 2 more Advanced manuals Conduct any two programs from The Better Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club Series
    6. 6. Communication Awards (2) Advanced Communicator – Gold (ACG) 2 more Advanced Manuals Conduct a Success/Leadership Program, Success/Communication Program or a Youth Leadership Program Coach a new member with the first three speech projects
    7. 7. Choose from 15 advanced communication manuals to learn skills specific to your interests. The Advanced Communication Series 7
    8. 8. Leadership Awards Competent Leader (CL) Complete CL Manual (10 projects) Advanced Leader – Bronze (AL-B) Achieved Competent Leader award Achieved Competent Communicator award Served at least six months as a club officer and participated in the preparation of a Club Success Plan while serving in this office While serving in the above office, participated in a district-sponsored club officer training program Conduct any two programs from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series
    9. 9. Leadership Awards (2) Advanced Leader – Silver (ALS) Achieved Advanced Leader Bronze award Served a complete term as a district officer (district governor, lieutenant governor, public relations officer, secretary, treasurer, division governor or area governor) Completed the High Performance Leadership program Served successfully as a club sponsor, mentor or coach
    10. 10. DTM Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Achieved Advanced Communicator Gold award Achieved Advanced Leader Silver award Distinguished Toastmaster is the highest recognition a member may receive.
    11. 11. Educational Awards Summary
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    16. 16. 1 0 D59 & D71 Europe is now D71 & D51***Europe is now D71 & D51***
    17. 17. Organizational Hierarchy  Region  District  Division  Area  Club  Members
    18. 18. Upcoming Meetings Toastmasters International Annual Convention August 21-24, 2013 in Cincinnati, U.S.A District 59 Fall Conference November 15-17, 2013 in Budapest, Hungary Club meetings on the 1st , 3rd , & 5th Wednesday of each month Put them on your calendar NOW!!
    19. 19. What's In It For Me? WIIFM?
    20. 20. Why did you join Toastmasters? Improve my communications abilities (100%) “I wanted to become better at public speaking” Improve my leadership skills (64%) Networking (27%)
    21. 21. What is the value of the Club? Practice in public speaking To help you become a better and more confident speaker To meet new people and acquire communication skills
    22. 22. Why should I achieve Toastmasters Goals? Sense of personal achievement & success Conquer, or at least manage, fear of public speaking Successful people set difficult goals & achieve in spite of fear or other negative thoughts Resume builders Educational awards are recognized world-wide Leadership positions demonstrate leadership abilities
    23. 23. 1 0 CommonCommon ObjectionsObjections
    24. 24. Yes, but….  I’m afraid to give speeches.  There are many roles to be played in a meeting, speaker is but one. Dip your toe in the water by participating as a timer, grammarian, or table topics participant.  You don’t have to give a speech until you’re ready.  Your Mentor will work with you.
    25. 25. Yes, but…  I don’t like evaluating people or being evaluated.  I don’t like being evaluated on something that I know I’m not good at.  The evaluation process provides only constructive feedback.  Listening to analyze or evaluate is a skill that most of us need to practice.  You will get more comfortable with receiving and giving evaluations once you start practicing that skill.  The only way to get better at something is to practice!
    26. 26. Yes, but… Other speakers in the club don’t seem to be as skilled as I am, so what can I gain by joining?  Toastmasters improves your listening skills and your ability to handle one-on-one conversations.  Leadership opportunities.  You also extend your personal network by meeting new people.
    27. 27. Practical presentation experience A safe place to make mistakes and learn Mentorship opportunities Toastmasters Advantages 1 2
    28. 28. A self-paced program Weekly, bi-weekly or monthly interactive meetings Impromptu speaking opportunities Peer evaluations Participation in leadership through meeting roles Personal attention in small group setting Affordable dues Opportunities to lead meetings Features 1 3
    29. 29. Develop critical-thinking skills Build listening skills Give and receive constructive feedback Become more confident in front of a group Learn time-management skills Benefit from a supportive environment Develop leadership skills Benefits 1 4
    30. 30. Unlimited personal growth Clear communication skills Self-confidence Positive mentoring relationships Improved leadership skills Relationship building Individual Value 1 5
    31. 31. Commit to Toastmasters NOW! Make Toastmasters a priority! Put the meetings on your calendar NOW! Come to the meetings and participate! Rotate into all meeting roles this year Signup for meeting roles in advance Set personal goals Give your ice-breaker speech this year Complete 5 speeches this year Get your CC by 6/30/2014! Let us know what your goals are and how we can help you Help recruit new members Your feedback is always welcome Have fun!
    32. 32. 1 0 ClubClub MeetingsMeetings
    33. 33. Meeting Logistics 1st , 3rd , and 5th Wednesday of each month Meeting starts at 19:30 at the Nonnenhof in Wiesbaden Biebrich There is a social dinner at 18:15 and many members socialize after our meetings Agenda is prepared in advance and the link is usually issued via email prior to the meeting
    34. 34. Meeting Roles Toastmaster Grammarian / Ah Counter Timer Speaker(s) Evaluator(s) Word of the Day/ Joke of the Day Table Topics Master General Evaluator
    35. 35. Toastmasters Etiquette Members should sign-up for meeting roles IN ADVANCE of the meeting Speakers should provide Toastmaster with an introduction for him/herself IN ADVANCE Members should try all of the meeting roles at least once Bring your manual when you give a speech
    36. 36. If you need help or guidance… Seek out your Mentor or a Club Officer Club Officers for July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014 term: Darryl Heron, President Bryan Senter, Vice President – Education Patrizia Weller, Vice President – Membership Karin Hirth, Vice President – Public Relations Isabella Grube, Secretary Martin Launert, Treasurer Gabi Bauer, Sergeant at Arms
    37. 37. Club Website http://www.word-weavers.de/ Agenda is managed through the website Website tracks participation and # speeches given Club & individual goals can be managed through the website Club calendar, pictures, and other documents are also available Some areas are available to members only with a valid userID
    38. 38. www.toastmasters.orgwww.toastmasters.org 2 2
    39. 39. About.me http://about.me/darrylheron LinkedIn: http://de.linkedin.com/in/darrylheron/ Darryl Heron‘s presentations on SlideShare http://www.slideshare.net/darrylheron Email me: mailto:darrylheron@about.me Be Sure to Check Out…