Santa Fe Summi t To astmasters

Meets 1 st & 3 rd Thursday s 6- 7pm

STM Goals
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Our Big Y Success is largely based on effective communication skills. Through the Toastmasters program, people from all backgrounds learn to communicate effectively, improving their opportunities in business and all inter-personal relationships. ROI (Return on Investment) • Improved communication skills become obvious within the workplace, increased visibility, recognition and promotion will follow. • Your improved presentation skills will win you the respect and admiration of your colleagues and employees - and make them wonder what you did to change! • Leadership skills acquired through participation in Toastmasters will increase your management potential. • You will acquire an increased ability to motivate and persuade, making you more effective as a supervisor or manager.

10 Biggest Public Speaking Mistakes
Mistakes occur when you fail to recognize that public speaking is an acquired skill requiring practice & feedback. • • • • • • • • • • Starting with a whimper. Start with a bang! Get the audience attention immediately. Attempting to imitate other speakers. Authenticity is lost when you aren’t yourself. Failing to “work” the room. Mingle before the presentation. Failing to use relaxation techniques. Do whatever it takes to relieve nervous tension. Reading a speech word for word. Instead use a “keyword” outline Using someone else’s stories. Brief quotes are ok. Illustrate your own thoughts & experiences. Speaking without passion. The more passionate you are the better you will be received. Ending a speech with questions and answers. Always conclude your speech, then do Q&A. Failing to prepare. Your reputation is at stake – rehearse to leave a good impression! Failing to recognize that speaking is an acquired skill.

10 Tips for Public Speaking
Here are some proven tips on how give better presentations:
• • • • • • • • • • • Know your material. Pick a topic you are interested in. Practice. Practice. Practice! Practice with a timer and allow time for the unexpected. Know the audience. Meet & greet the audience. Easier to speak to friends than strangers. Know the room. Arrive early, practice using the microphone and any visual aids. Relax. Begin by addressing the audience. Transform nervous energy into enthusiasm. Visualize yourself giving your speech. Imagine yourself speaking clear and confident Realize that people want you to succeed. The audiences rooting for you. Don’t apologize for any nervousness or problem – the audience probably never noticed it. Concentrate on the message. Focus on your message and your audience. Acquire experience. Experience builds confidence, which is the key to effective speaking Visit a Toastmasters meeting! Get the experience you need in a safe and friendly environment.

Toastmasters’ Meeting
• Toastmaster The Master of Ceremony for the meeting. • Speakers Present prepared speeches 5 – 10 minutes in length. • General Evaluator Evaluates the meeting in general. • Evaluators Provide constructive feedback for the speakers. • Table Topics Master Exercises our extemporaneous speaking skills • Grammarian Keeps account of (ah’s & uhm’s) filler words throughout the meeting ringing a bell for each offence. • Ah Counter Keeps account extreme uses of the English language throughout the meeting. • Timer Records the length of each person's speaking time using a timing light to indicate when allotted time is about to expire

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The Toastmaster
• • The Toastmaster is the master of ceremony for the meeting. The Toastmaster sets the theme for each meeting in advance, and is responsible, with the help of the club board members, to ensure that all functionary positions are filled. It is the Toastmaster's job to introduce each speaker and form a bridge between the various parts of the meeting. The Toastmaster shall lead applause, and always meet & greet people as they take the podium.

The Speaker
• • Speaker presents a prepared speech from 4 to 10 minutes in length. Toastmasters International's Basic Communication and Leadership Manuals provide structured guidance to improve skills such as: – Preparedness – Organization – Vocabulary – Vocal Variety – Body Language – Timing

The Speaker’s Helpers
There are 4 functionaries in Toastmasters who are there to help us improve our public speaking skills.
• Grammarian Challenges members to increase their vocabulary by introducing the, “Word of the Day.” The grammarian must also listen intently for uses of the word of the day, and other exceptional or questionable uses of the English language. Ah Counter Our speaking habits are often years old and completely unconscious in nature. The Ah Counter’s task is to call attention to the speaker’s: Ah's, Um's, xerox words (i.e. stuttering) & pregnant pauses. Timer One of the lessons to be practiced in speech training is that of expressing a thought within a certain interval. Speech Evaluator Gives the speaker feedback on how the speech went and if the objectives for the speech were met. Communication is about delivering a message from sender to receiver with the receiver understanding the message and responding appropriately.

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TM Education Program
10 Speeches to obtain a Competent Communicator certificate.
• • • • • • • • • • Ice Breaker . Time: 4-6- minutes. Objective: Discover strengths and challenges of speaking. Organize Your Speech . Time: 5-7 minutes. Objective: Use of supporting material, transitions, strong opening and closing statements. Get to the Point . Time: 5-7 minutes. Objective: Inform, persuade, entertain, inspire, and narrow down broad purpose into more specific one. How to Say It . Time: 5-7 minutes. Objective: Select the right words eliminate jargon, use rhetorical devices. Your Body Speaks . Time: 5-7 minutes. Objective: Stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions, eye contact. Vocal Variety . Time: 5-7 minutes. Objective: Use volume, pitch, rate, add meaning and interest, pauses. Research Your Topic . Time: 5-7 minutes. Objective: Use facts, examples and illustrations gathered from various sources through research. Get Comfortable with Visual Aids . Time: 5-7 minutes. Objective: Select visual aids appropriate for message; use them correctly and with confidence. Persuade with Power . Time: 5-7 minutes. Objective: Use logic and emotion to appeal to audience; persuade them in some way. Inspire Your Audience . Time 8-10 minutes. Objective: Challenge audience to achieve higher level of beliefs or achievement; appeal to needs and emotions, use stories, anecdotes, quotes.

Membership

Fees
One Time Fee • Membership fee $21.55 to Toastmasters International Semi-Annual April & October membership dues • Pro-rated based on membership date. • Club Dues $75 includes $27 to Toastmaster International. • Club dues are to cover the cost of food supplies, special events, etc. Total membership cost • $96.55 (on initial membership) • $75 (there after)

FAQ
Q: Can I attend as a visitor indefinitely?
A: You will not be discouraged from visiting, but will not be called upon to fulfill one of the many meeting roles. You get out of Toastmasters what you invest in it.

Q: How much if I only attend once a month?
A: We only pro-rate the club dues ($75/term) based on the month registered.

Q: Do I have to give a speech?
A: You get out of Toastmasters what you invest in it. Some people give all 10 speeches in as little as 6 months; others can take up to 2 years. You are encouraged to pace yourself. There will be plenty of opportunities to contribute.

Q: Can anyone speak at a Toastmasters’ meeting?
A: Yes, with advanced notice to the Toastmaster. In order to keep our meeting from 67pm, that only allows for 2 speakers with speeches of 10 minutes or less.

Q: Is Toastmasters’ a MLM group?
A: Our club allows the practicing of persuasive speeches. We draw the line at solicitations afterwards, or use of mailing lists for the same purpose.

Q: Is every meeting run the same way?
A: It is up to the Toastmaster to run the meeting as he/she sees fit. Each meeting should allow for speaking time, and evaluations (one-on-one, or group), regardless of the format used.