Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Have you heard of the CL?

Toastmasters International offers two beginning manuals, the Competent Communicator and the Competent Leadership. The Competent Leadership manual contains ten projects to help develop comprehensive leadership skills.
Leadership skills are learned in every meeting role, however you choose which roles you complete to finish the different projects. There are requirements for marking off a role for a project. Each meeting that you fill a role can only count for one project. Example: Critical thinking and giving feedback require the same roles, however if you are grammarian on August 9th you can only count that for one project not both.
Projects include skills such as listening, motivation, and time management. Some projects require meeting roles, such as being timer for time management. Others require you to help lead a extra role such as organizing a contest speech. Others, such as Mentoring, require you to help other members complete speeches or complete leadership projects.
Just like the Competent Communicator, once you have completed the ten projects Toastmasters International can send your employer a letter with your accomplishment. From there, Toastmasters has more manuals tracks that you can continue building your leadership skills. The Advanced Leadership Bronze and Silver. At the end of these manuals, including the communication series, you will receive the Distinguished Toastmaster award.

Monday, October 22, 2018

roles for 10/23

Julia Carlson will be the Toastmaster of the day, evaluated by Christa Colway. There will be two speakers of the day, Lee and Jalene Case. Lee will be evaluated by Avital Miller and Jalene by Kathleen Ritzman. Dave Coffman will be the grammarian and Patti, our newest member, will be the timer. Brian H will be the table topics master of the day.

Friday, October 19, 2018

What is a CC award?

The Toastmasters program helps you through manuals such as the Competent Communicator, but is not a formal course such as Communications 111. There are no grades or tests, but instead you have Table Topics and the Ice Breaker Speech. Club meetings help you to work together to study and practice your communication and leadership skills.

You can work with introductions, perform roles during club meetings, and work on projects, such as the ten speech projects in the Competent Communicator. In this manual you build speaking skills with each new project. Most of the speeches are five to seven minutes focusing on a single skill. It works on everything from organization, to body language, to researching a topic. This will help you learn to speak with clarity and confidence.

With each speech you give, you will be evaluated to help you grow and learn. They will point out strengths and offer suggestions on how to improve the speech. This manual focuses on the basics of public speaking, and your evaluator will focus on the basics as well. If you are working on vocal variety for your speech, they will also focus on it when giving your evaluation. The manual will help you gain the skills through it's ten projects, then you will receive the Competent Communicator Award.

Want to learn more than just the basics? There are plenty more manuals for communication that you can work on, ranging from storytelling, to career related learning. After you have finished the manual, Toastmasters International will send a letter to your employer if you wish them to, notifying them of your achievement. This is especially nice if your work has a program to pay for you to be in Toastmasters.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Will you be coming to our open house?


Pathways- Dynamic Leadership

DYNAMIC LEADERSHIP
Paths, Levels and Electives
Five Levels:
Mastering Fundamentals
• Ice Breaker
• Evaluation and Feedback
• Researching and Presenting
Learning Your Style
 Understanding Your Leadership Style
• Understanding Your Communication Style
• Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring
Increasing Knowledge
• Negotiate the Best Outcome
Level 3 Elective Projects (choose 2)
• Deliver Social Speeches • Focus on the Positive
• Using Presentation Software • Inspire Your Audience
• Connect with Storytelling • Prepare for an Interview
• Creating Effective Visual Aids • Understanding Vocal Variety
• Using Descriptive Language • Effective Body Language
• Connect with Your Audience • Active Listening
• Make Connections Through
Networking
Building Skills
• Manage Change
Level 4 Elective Projects (choose 1)
• Create a Podcast • Manage Online Meetings
• Building a Social Media Presence • Question-and-Answer Session
• Managing a Difficult Audience • Public Relations Strategies
• Write a Compelling Blog • Manage Projects Successfully
Demonstrating Expertise
• Lead in Any Situation
• Reflect on Your Path
Level 5 Elective Projects (choose 1)
• Lessons Learned • Leading in Your Volunteer
• Moderate a Panel Discussion Organization
• Prepare to Speak Professionally
• Ethical Leadership
• High Performance Leadership

Sunday, September 23, 2018

10 Qualities of a Mentor

MENTOR QUALITIES 

There are some important and essential characteristics mentors need to possess if they are to be effective. A good mentor is:

1.  Available. You must have time to spend with a member to help with speeches and answer questions. New members may require additional time until they become more familiar with the club and their role within it. 

2.  Patient. People learn at different speeds, and some people may need more guidance than others.
3.  Sensitive. Tact and diplomacy are vital. As a mentor, always be careful to say and do things that will motivate and encourage the mentee. Be loyal and take care not to betray the mentees’ confidence.
4.  Respectful. Everyone is different. A mentor respects the differences between themselves,  the mentee, and others. 
5.  Flexible. Not everything happens according to plan. You must adapt to various situations and accept that mentees may make decisions you do not agree with.
6.  Supportive. Show your pride in your club and what it has done – and can do – for members.
7.  Knowledgeable. Before you can help someone else, you must be familiar with the club, its operations, the educational program, and even the Toastmasters International organization itself. You should have completed several manual speeches, served in most meeting roles, and developed enough personal speaking skills to be of help to the mentee.
8.  Confident. You need to be self-assured and friendly.
9.  A good listener. A mentor must listen carefully. Simply listening without taking on the other person’s problem, can be of great help to the mentee. Just by listening, you can enable the mentee to articulate the problem and sort things out. 
10.  Concern for others. You must genuinely care about other people and truly want to  help them. 

Did you know you can be a Toastmasters mentor and you can even fulfill a Pathway requirement as you do it? Being a Toastmaster Mentor is also a requirement to the path for Destinguished Toastmaster. For more information on the Toastmasters mentor program please contact your Education chair or toastmasters.com

Friday, September 14, 2018

Pathways- Strategic Relationships

STRATEGIC RELATIONSHIPS
Mastering Fundamentals
• Ice Breaker
• Evaluation and Feedback
• Researching and Presenting
Learning Your Style
• Understanding Your Leadership Style
• Cross-Cultural Understanding
• Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring
Increasing Knowledge
• Make Connections Through Networking
Level 3 Elective Projects (choose 2)
• Deliver Social Speeches • Focus on the Positive
• Using Presentation Software • Inspire Your Audience
• Connect with Storytelling • Prepare for an Interview
• Creating Effective Visual Aids • Understanding Vocal Variety
• Using Descriptive Language • Effective Body Language
• Connect with Your Audience • Active Listening
Building Skills
• Public Relations Strategies
Level 4 Elective Projects (choose 1)
• Create a Podcast • Manage Online Meetings
• Building a Social Media Presence • Question-and-Answer Session
• Managing a Difficult Audience
• Write a Compelling Blog
• Manage Projects Successfully
Demonstrating Expertise
• Leading in Your Volunteer Organization
• Reflect on Your Path
Level 5 Elective Projects (choose 1)
• Lessons Learned
• Moderate a Panel Discussion
• Prepare to Speak Professionally
• Ethical Leadership
• High Performance Leadership