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Toastmasters Club
Whats Sizzling at Sunset Speakers/August 2013

Celebrating 15 years!
Crutch Words
Author Unknown Submitted by Ruva Munyariwa

Presidents Message

During our meetings our AH counter listens for improper uses of crutch words or pause fillers, such as ah, um, er, well, but, so, you know. There are a lot of other less obvious crutch words that we slip into sentences in order to give ourselves more time to think, or to emphasize a statement. Over time, they become unconscious verbal tics. Most often, crutch words do not add meaning of a statement. Below are six commonly used words that add no meaning whatsoever to what we saying.

1. "Actually" is the perfect example of a crutch word. It is meant to signify something that exists in reality, but it is more often used as a way to add punch to a statement (as in, "I actually have no idea").

2. Literally - This adverb should be used to describe an action that occurs in a strict sense. Often, however, it is used inversely to emphasize a hyperbolic or figurative statement: "I literally ran 300 miles today." Literally is one of the most famously used crutch words in English.

3. Basically - This phrase is used to signal truth, simplicity, and confidence, like in "Basically, he made a bad decision." It should signify something that is fundamental or elementary, but too often this word is used in the context of things that are far from basic in order to create a sense of authority and finality.

4. Honestly -This crutch word is used to assert authority or express incredulity, as in, "Honestly, I have no idea why he said that." However, it very rarely adds honesty to a statement. The next crutch word is perhaps the most famous one out there.

5. Like The cardinal sinner of lazy words like is interspersed in dialogue

to give a speaker more time to think or because the speaker cannot shake

It has only been two months since the start of the new Toastmasters year, and what a busy two months it has been. We made a home away from home at Florida Career College and also held the club Humorous Speech and Evaluation Contests. We also saw our membership grow and hosted many guests, and we gained four new members for our club. September also promises to be a busy month. Sunset Speakers, being the home of the Area Governor; E. Anita Newman, will have the pleasure of hosting the Area 43 contest on the 7th of September. September also sees our continued effort to meet our goals for the Distinguished Club Program as well as other Toastmasters awards. We hit the ground running, and will continue in a similar fashion through the rest of the year to achieve our clubs goals.
Regards, Ruva Munyariwa, Club President

the habit of using the word. Like should describe something of the same
form, appearance, kind, character, or amount. But, very often, it is used involuntarily in conversation, just like um.

6. Obviously - This word should signify an action which is readily

observable, recognized, or understood. Speakers tend to use it, however, to emphasize their point with regards to things that arent necessarily obvious: "Obviously he should have thrown the ball to first base."

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Bonnie Summer standing with the rest of the teachers at El Sol Jupiters Neighborhood Resource Center on graduation night, August 16th (second from left).

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Life outside the club

Hieu Huynh

Will represent Sunset Speakers in both the Best Humorous Speech & Evaluation Contests on Sept. 7 th

Good Luck Hieu!

Volunteering Helps Others

By Bonnie Summer

When we are blessed with so much, it is important to give back to the community so others can be blessed too. For the past two semesters I have taught English at El Sol Jupiters Neighborhood Resource Center. In Jupiter, there is a largely Guatemalan community, and the citizens of this community struggle with what most of us take for granted. Most of them come from Guatemala and Mexico with nothing more than the clothes on their back and perhaps a suitcase. They have left their families behind to make better wages in our country but dont speak, or speak very little, English. Therefore, the smallest tasks like grocery shopping or trying to find a good job can seem monumental. In fact in the past, there were some not very nice people locally who would take advantage of the Guatemalans by hiring them to do hard labor and paying them pennies or sometimes nothing at all. This is how El Sol Jupiters Neighborhood Resource Center came into existence. El Sol provides a safe environment in which these men and women can get assistance for a multitude of different things, including help with their English. I have to say this has been my most enjoyable and rewarding volunteer project to date. If you dont already, please consider volunteering to help others less fortunate. It really will change your life.

Member Birthdays Happy Birthday to: E. Anita Newman 9/14

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How to speak well and confidently

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AUTHOR - rkmittal

Are you very shy when it comes to new surroundings, such as starting a new class or moving to a new area? Sometimes, it is necessary to overcome your shyness and speak confidently. By doing this, it can help you not only to share your ideas properly to others, but also to learn communicating with others. Here are a few steps to consider when speaking with confidence.

Steps opinions may not always be accepted by others, but this is

1. Learn how to have conversations with people. Your ideas and nothing unusual. Open your mouth and express your beliefs!
This will improve your courage. 2. Don't be afraid and speak loudly. If you speak in a low voice, not only will others not be able to hear what you say, but you will also portray a submissive demeanor, which suggests the opposite of a confident one. 3. Make eye contact when you speak. For one thing, it is polite for others. Also, eye contact will help others to listen to your thinking carefully. 4. Praise yourself everyday! This will promote your own confidence, which is important when you speak. With more confidence, people will take your thinking more seriously.

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We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth

Tips 1. Don't be nervous when you make mistakes. Human error is

far from being a new concept - nobody is perfect! It is normal for everyone to make mistakes. Just calm down and keep speaking bravely. 2. Try and try again! This may be difficult for a shy person at first, but you need to force yourself to speak, and not seclude your thoughts. If you have some ideas, then try to speak out! Don't just keep them in your head. 3. If you have self-confidence issues, try to think that you are the only one who has sound knowledge about the topic. Then go ahead and impart your knowledge to the audience in an effective way. 4. Remember that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance. Don't portray an exaggerated amount of confidence, or you will come off as arrogant, believing that your ideas are better than the ideas of everyone else.

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