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  • Toastmasters Power Speakers Club #9309-77 Member Orientation Meeting August 16, 2007
  • Toastmasters Organization Yolanda Turner, CC Power Speakers Club Vice President – Education 2007-2008
  • History of Toastmasters
    • In October 1924, a group of men assembled by Dr. Ralph C. Smedley met in the basement of the YMCA in Santa Ana, California, U.S.A., forming a club “to afford practice and training in the art of public speaking and in presiding over meetings, and to promote sociability and good fellowship among its members.”
    • The group took the name “Toastmasters.” Soon men in other communities and states asked for permission and help to start their own Toastmasters clubs.
    • By 1930, a federation was necessary to coordinate activities of the many clubs and to provide a standard program.
    • When a speaking club in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, expressed interest in forming a Toastmasters club, the group became known as Toastmasters International.
  • More Toastmasters Info
    • Toastmasters is an International organization with 10,500 clubs and 200,000 members in 90 countries
    • There are 20 Clubs in the Birmingham area
      • Many are open to the public but some clubs have “closed” membership policies
      • Other clubs offer meetings on different days and at different times
      • You can belong to multiple Clubs if you like!
  • Organizational Hierarchy
    • Region (VIII)
    • District (77)
    • Area (8)
    • Club (9309)
  • Participate!
    • Meetings are held at all levels in the TI hierarchy
      • Club meetings are most frequent
      • Toastmaster International has an annual meeting in various locations
      • Region meetings are held at least annually
      • Speech contests are hosted at the area & district level
      • All Toastmasters can participate in almost all meetings in some capacity
  • Upcoming Meetings
    • Toastmasters International Annual Convention
      • August 15-18, 2007 in Phoenix, AZ
    • District 77 Fall Conference
      • October 19-20, 2007 in Fort Walton Beach, FL
    • Club meetings on the 2 nd & 4 th Thursday of each month
      • Put them on your calendar NOW !!
  • Club Mission
    • The mission of a Toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
  • A Toastmasters Promise
    • To attend Club meetings regularly
    • To prepare all of my speeches to the best of my ability, basing them on projects in the appropriate manual
    • To prepare for and fulfill meeting assignments
    • To provide fellow members with helpful, constructive evaluations
    • To help the club maintain the positive friendly environment necessary for all members to learn and grow
    • To serve my Club as an officer when called upon to do so
    • To treat my fellow Club members and our guests with respect and courtesy
    • To bring guests to the meetings so they can see the benefits Toastmasters membership offers
    • To adhere to the guidelines and rules for all Toastmasters educational and recognition programs
    • To maintain honest and highly ethical standards during the conduct of all Toastmasters activities
    As a member of Toastmasters International and my Club, I promise…
  • Educational Awards Karen Threlkeld, CC, CL Power Speakers Club Secretary / Treasurer 2007-2008
  • Educational Awards Summary
  • Individual Communications Awards
    • Competent Communicator (CC)
      • 10 speeches from the C&L manual
    • Advanced Communicator – Bronze (ACB)
      • Complete speeches in 2 Advanced manuals (~10 speeches)
    • Advanced Communicator – Silver (ACS)
      • 2 more Advanced manuals
      • Conducted any two programs from The Better Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club Series
  • Individual Communications Awards (2)
    • Advanced Communicator – Gold (ACG)
      • 2 more Advanced Manuals
      • Conducted a Success/Leadership Program, Success/Communication Program or a Youth Leadership Program
      • Coached a new member with the first three speech projects
  • Individual 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
      • Conducted any two programs from The Successful Club Series and/or The Leadership Excellence Series
  • Individual 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
  • The Big Kahuna
    • Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
      • Achieved Advanced Communicator Gold award
      • Achieved Advanced Leader Silver award
      • Distinguished Toastmaster is the highest recognition a member may receive.
  • Educational Awards Summary
  • The Distinguished Club Program (DCP) Karen Threlkeld, CC, CL Power Speakers Club Secretary / Treasurer 2007-2008
  • What is DCP?
    • Program administered by Toastmasters International to focus Clubs on meeting goals for Membership and Educational Awards
    • Administered annually from July 1 – June 30
    • 10 goals are set for all clubs
      • Achievement of 5 goals gets the Club recognized as “Distinguished”
      • Achievement of 7 goals = Select Distinguished
      • Achievement of 9 goals = President’s Distinguished
  • What are the 10 goals?
    • 2 CCs
    • 2 more CCs
    • 1 ACB, ACS, ACG
    • 1 more ACB, ACS, ACG
    • 1 CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM
    • 1 more CL, ALB, ALS, or DTM
    • 4 new members
    • 4 more new members
    • 4 Club Officers Trained during each of 2 training periods
    • Membership dues and Officer Listing submitted on time
  • Power Speakers DCP Goals July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008
    • Goal 1: 2 CCs (Tony Smith, Jeffery Jackson)
    • Goal 3: one AC (Karen Threlkeld)
    • Goal 4: another AC (Yolanda Turner)
    • Goal 5: CL (Yolanda Turner)
    • Goal 7: 4 new members
    • Goal 8: Four more new members
    • Goal 9: Officer Training
    • Goal 10: Dues renewals / Officer List
  • Power Speakers DCP Goals July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008
    • Goal 1: 2 CCs (Tony Smith, Jeffery Jackson)
    • Goal 3: one AC (Karen Threlkeld)
    • Goal 4: another AC (Yolanda Turner)
    • Goal 5: CL (Yolanda Turner)
    • Goal 7: 4 new members
    • Goal 8: Four more new members
    • Goal 9: Officer Training
    • Goal 10: Dues renewals / Officer List
    8 Goals = Select Distinguished
  • WIIFM? Karen Threlkeld, CC, CL Power Speakers Club Secretary / Treasurer 2007-2008
  • 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%)
  • 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
  • The Value of the Club
    • “My membership in Power Speakers has tremendously enhanced my communications skills. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this club. Before Power Speakers, I was not able to face an audience. Now, with the various techniques that I have learned, I have been able to participate in a few programs that call for public speaking and I feel that I did well.”
  • 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
  • Common Objections
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Yes, but…
    • Toastmasters should provide more training sessions, as opposed to simply giving speeches in the meetings.
    • The focus of Toastmasters is improving communication skills through practice, e.g. giving speeches!
    • Your training IS giving speeches, evaluations, etc!
    • Lots of training on public speaking is available through APC/SCS Learning Source and externally.
  • 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.
  • 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 6/30/2008!
    • Pay your dues on time
    • Volunteer as a Club Officer
      • We need a VP-Membership and VP-Public Relations
    • Help recruit new members
  • 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 6/30/2008!
    • Pay your dues on time
    • Volunteer as a Club Officer
      • We need a VP-Membership and VP-Public Relations
    • Help recruit new members
    This is something you are doing for YOURSELF! It is important that you make time for this. Be aware when fear or other negative emotions are interfering with your progress!
  • Club Meetings Jeffery Jackson Power Speakers Club Sergeant at Arms 2007-2008
  • Meeting Logistics
    • 2 nd and 4 th Thursday of each month
    • Meeting starts at 12 noon and lasts 1 hour
    • Heat Room or Electra Room if available (other rooms may be used on occasion but you will be notified)
    • Agenda is prepared in advance and is usually issued via email prior to the meeting
  • Meeting Agenda
    • Meeting called to order
    • Pledge / Moment of Silence
    • Word and/or Joke of the Day
    • Speeches
    • Table Topics
    • Evaluations
    • Wrap-up
  • Meeting Roles
    • Toastmaster
    • Grammarian / Ah Counter
    • Timer
    • Speaker(s)
    • Evaluator(s)
    • Word / Joke Master
    • Table Topics Master
  • 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
  • If you need help or guidance…
    • Seek our your Mentor or a Club Officer
    • Club Officers for July 1, 2007 – June 30, 2008 term:
      • Tony Smith, President
      • Yolanda Turner, Vice President – Education
      • Karen Threlkeld, Secretary / Treasurer
      • Jeffery Jackson, Sergeant at Arms
    • Seeking volunteers to serve as VP-Membership and VP-Public Relations
  • Club Website
    • http://club9309.freetoasthost.net
    • Agenda is managed through the website
      • Website tracks participation and # speeches given
    • Club & individual goals can be managed through the website
    • Club calendar, FAQs, and other documents are also available
    • Some areas are available to members only with a valid userID