Friday, February 21, 2020

Table Topics Tips

This week we had two guests visit, and it was great to have them attend our meeting. Guests are always welcome! One of our guests joined! Great having a new Igniter!

Thinking on your Feet
Trevor brought a mysterious black bag filled with a few props for Table Topics. Marvin pulled out a tile with a lightbulb and shared his idea of going skiing at Norquay on the moguls and what happened on his last run! **TipShare about something that has happened to you rcently.
Chris took out a loaf of bread and shared a personal story about his breadmaking uncle. ** Tip: Talk about a family member or friend - you will speak with more conviction.
Mary drew a medal and shared about her latest accomplishment of starting a blog for Level 4 in the Pathways Educational Program. **Tip: Giving specific details will make your ideas more persuasive.

Dermot shared the importance of being a mentor and his use of Chinese Horoscopes and the impact of one of his mentors an inspiring librarian in Ireland. Gil shared the importance of a message of WE and highlighted with stories of tearing his hamstrings on a hike and how other team members helped support him. We all learned how to have more impact in speaking from evaluators Glen and Margaret.

Monday, February 17, 2020

A Warm Welcome!

TM Glen honors President Ksenija
Open House
It was great seeing many Igniters at our Open House on Feb. 11. A warm welcome to our guests. We had a fun evening of food, fellowship, and sharing the benefits of Toastmasters. It has been great having one of our guests continue to attend our meetings.

Recognition of Members
There are opportunities in the club to be recognized for your achievements. Educational awards and standing ovations are given to recognize milestones in the club. Each person can choose their own goals in the self paced program. We have many members this year who are going after their goals every week. 

Every week, a member who thinks on their feet and gives the best mini speech is awarded a Table Topics Trophy they can cherish for a short time before they have to return it! Also, the Igniting Spirits Award is given to a member who has stretched, inspired, or taken on a new challenge that week. 

Congratulations Druh! Table Topics Trophy
Helping Youth in our Community
The Public Library and Toastmasters has teamed up for many years to provide Youth Leadership  Programs to help our Youth learn and practice speaking and leadership skills in a six week course.Yvonne has been helping at several Youth Leadership programs. A number of our members have been involved in these worthwhile programs.

Yvonne invited Druh and his father to attend one of our meetings. It was inspiring to talk to Druh and see the confidence he has gained from giving speeches and taking on leadership roles at the meetings. He took on the challenge of answering a question with poise, clear points, and 

On Sunday March 1 at the Central Library, various youth including Druh will be competing in a Super Speech contest. Come out and see the hope for our future! 

Friday, February 07, 2020

Open House and Tips from Speakers Night

What skills can you achieve in the next 3 months?

You are invited to our Open House!

On Tues Feb 11, come meet our friendly dynamic members who can share their experiences on how belonging to Toastmasters has improved their lives.

Glen will be leading the meeting and is a long time experienced member. Toastmasters has made a huge difference in his life.
We have members who are new and taking on leadership roles and are supported by other club members. Speeches, evaluations, and treats!

Time: 6:45 pm Networking      Meeting: 7pm - 8:30 pm  Hope to see you there!

Feb Speakers Night

Speakers Night: 5 speakers being helped by 5 evaluators
Do you have ideas you want to share? 
Ayanna - shared about driving across Canada. She is a planner and learned along the way it is important to also appreciate the journey.
Mary - did you know you can plan for a 2nd life? People are living longer and you can plan for another life or another career.
Congrats Sherry on speech #10 for your CC!
Follow your passion and how through her first horse, marriage, and as a writer she has pursued this.

Gil - through his organization expanding he shared 5 tips for negotation. We learned alot!
Jey - used music, 4 A's, to share his experiences as a mentee and the power of mentoring. At Igniters we also use the power of Mentoring Teams to help us achieve our goals.

Speaking Tip: Simon Simek, TED Talks Speaker - 45 Million Views
Simon says "you should never talk as you walk out on stage. Instead, quietly walk out on stage. Then take a deep breath, find your place, wait a few seconds and begin. It shows the audience you're totally confident and in charge of the situation."