Friday, December 28, 2018

Making the Clock your Friend

One important part of speaking is to be timely and organized. In Toastmasters, we practice expressing thoughts within a specific time. The timer helps hone the members of toastmasters skills on keeping within our time limits, and organizing our thoughts without preparation.
The timer asks the speaker, or speakers, of the day how long their speech is supposed be (ie 5-7 minutes). They then will sit at the end of the table with the lights and stopwatch to record everyone's time. When the meeting starts, the Toastmaster of the day will ask them to explain their role.
They time the speech turning on the green light at 5 minutes (if the speech is from 5-7 minutes). The yellow light will go on at six minutes, and red at 7 minutes. If the speaker goes over 7 minutes, the red light will remain on until they conclude their speech. Timer records the time of the speech, or speeches so they can report it when called upon by the Toastmasters.
The other job of the timer is to record the times of table topics, so the group knows who qualified in table topics. To qualify a person needs to speak on the question given for one to two minutes, and then the group votes on who had the best speech, and is given the table topic award.
The speech evaluator also is timed for two to three minutes.
At the end of the meeting, the timer will gives each person's time to the secretary so they can include the times in their report.

Friday, December 14, 2018

A General Evaluator?

Every Toastmasters meeting is evaluated by one of the members. This is not a leadership role, but a floating roll between the members. The general evaluator states to help any guests or new members, the purpose and benefits of having an evaluation done.
During the meeting, the general evaluator needs to have full view of the room, so that they can see everything that happens. When the general evaluator comes in, they first need to see if all of the trophies, materials, banners and property is out, and where it is supposed to be. This also ensures that the team has the tools they need to perform, such as the timing lights, stopwatch, and manuals. Another part of the general evaluator's job is to make sure their team knows who they are evaluating, and have the manuals for those people.
The easiest way to complete the meeting evaluation is to have a checklist of what is supposed to go on during the meeting. On of the most important part is if the meeting, and meeting sections, start and end on time. They also should focus on how the Toastmaster of the day transitioned between sections, and if they helped to create a positive atmosphere.
For evaluating different participants, the general evaluator points out both good and bad in the following areas of the person's: preparation, organization, delivery, enthusiasm, observation and performance of duties. When their evaluation part of the meeting begins, the general evaluator will introduce the speech evaluator. From there each evaluator: grammarian, times, and general evaluation of the meeting. For the evaluation, commenting on the quality of the evaluation team's performance. Include in their evaluations if they were positive, helpful, and suggesting improvement. Make sure to tell how the meeting flowed, and if the segments started on time.

Saturday, December 1, 2018

A Toastmaster or Master of Toast?

Toastmasters may seem like a funny word. The word can make weddings and toasts come to mind, while it does help with those types of toasts, that is not what Toastmasters focuses on.

The toastmaster of the day is the person who leads the meeting. After the president calls the meeting to order, they hand control over to the toastmaster of the day. 
Here is what the toastmaster does:
They will invite the general evaluator to introduce their evaluation team. 
Welcomes the speaker, and tells what their speech is about, the title, and if it is a manual speech. 
The toastmaster of the day also welcomes the topicsmaster, and makes sure there are good transitions between the speech(es), and table topics. 
They also need to get the times of the speeches, both prepared and impromptu. 
Toastmaster welcomes the general evaluator, and asks for the table topics award to be given. After this, they give the meeting back over to the president. 

 If this seems overwhelming, don't worry!! After joining the club, you will not be assigned to be toastmaster until you are comfortable with the meeting, and know what the rolls are. At Yaquina Toastmasters, new members are usually assigned timer for their first roll, which is easy. 

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

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Meeting Sept 11 - Memories & Stories

Today we had a great meeting of winging it when not everyone has arrived yet, filling last minutes role, but most importantly some amazing speeches. Jalene shared with us her L1 Research speech in which she shared with us information about Emotional Intelligence (EI or EQ) through EI Guy and her resources. Brian N shared with us a story of who he is through the lens of his ancestorys and his 32 and me test, sharing life adventures, historical artifacts, and fun facts.
We had a memory bound Table Topics session entitled "Down Memory Lane" as today is the anniversary of 9/11 there is a lot of memories surrounding this day. She asked three questions: 1. what we remembered from this day. 2. What is a memory we have of the happiest moment we have experienced. 3. a memory that stick out as perspective changing.

Check out the video for a full look at this weeks meeting.




Tuesday, September 4, 2018

What does it mean to be a mentor?

What is a mentor?
Such knowledgeable and experienced people are called mentors. They can be found everywhere. Think about your work. Was there someone who helped you get started in your career, offering advice and guidance, showing you how things worked and how to get things done? Consider your education. Was there a teacher who took a special interest in you and who had an especially positive influence on your life? We all can probably name two people who have had a profound positive effect on our lives. 
A mentor:
Takes a personal interest in and helps an inexperienced person (mentee) 
Serves as a role model, coach, and confidante 
Offers knowledge, insight, perspective, and wisdom useful to the mentee 
Helps someone become successful and learns new skills themselves

Most new members join a club because they have problems and/or needs that relate to speaking and leadership. They believe that improving their speaking and leadership skills will help them advance in their career or offer them greater personal satisfaction. They expect the club to help them solve their problems and meet their needs. 

With the aid of a mentor, new members:
  Learn the program. Mentors help new members become familiar with the CC and CL
 manuals (or the first two levels of Pathways), club meeting roles, and opportunities available through membership. 

Learn club standards and customs. Mentors help new members learn about the club  and its activities. 
Develop confidence. Armed with the knowledge mentors provide, new members’ self-confidence increases.

Have you seen our Queen?


Pathways- Visionary Communication

VISIONARY COMMUNICATION
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
• Develop a Communication Plan
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
• Communicate 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
• Develop Your Vision
• 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

Thursday, August 30, 2018

What does being a Toastmaster do for me?

The Toastmasters program helps you through various Pathways, such as the Competent Communicator, but is not a formal course such as Communications 111. There are no grades or tests, but instead you get to participate in speaking opportunities like Table Topics and the Ice Breaker Speech to get started. 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 pathway 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 pathway 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 pathway will help you gain the skills through it's ten projects. At then end of your pathway projects you will receive an Award, for this pathways it is the Competent Communicator Award.

Want to learn more than just the basics? There are plenty more pathways for communication that you can work on, ranging from storytelling, to career related learning. After you have finished the pathway, Toastmasters International can send a letter to your employer if you wish them to, notifying them of your achievement. Different professional organization provide compensation, recognition, and even professional development credit for your participation in Toastmasters. To find out whether your organization has any of these offers contact your supervisors.

At the end of the day the experience of being a Toastmasters member can provide insight, learning, and connections to curriculum and community you may not have access to otherwise. What are you waiting for?

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Officer training, Yaquina specific

Make up officer training 8/21 at Yaquina Toastmasters club in Newport, OR. 

We started off with a speech presentation from Area Director, Bob and some great Table Topics that discussed What is your "Why?, Duties of the 7 Officer positions, and Pathways program.

Check out the mostly full video of our meeting. How would you answer there questions?


Sunday, August 5, 2018

Worried about having your speech evaluated?

Toastmasters is a club that helps its members to improve their speaking and leadership skills. In order to do this, when a person gives a speech, they will get an evaluation.When the speech evaluator is listening to the speech, they will look for certain things: body language, content, voice, and confidence. In addition to this, if a person is working out of a manual, they will use the specific guidelines in the book to base their evaluation on.

Example: Speech project 5 Your body speaks
The evaluator would look for the use of stance, movement, gestures, facial expressions and eye contact to express your message, and achieve your speech's purpose.
Make your body language smooth and natural.
This speech is from five to seven minutes.

Example of a Speech 5 evaluation:
First impression: WOW!
Preparation: Excellent! We learned a lot of history, psychology and about you.
Manner: Satisfactory. Great use of leather
Posture: poised and balanced
Gestures: satisfactory
Body Movement: Purposeful, smooth, and steady!
Eye contact: Established visual bonds
Facial expressions: animated and friendly
Speech purpose: satisfactory
Speech organization: Logical and clear
What could they do differently? You can use fists to emphasize "evil"
What did you like about the speech? The depth of history and educating us all

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Check out a Sample Path

Toastmasters Pathways program allows you to select a path that assists you in reaching your goals in speaking ability and passions. Think of why you joined Toastmasters and how you want to better your speaking skills and where you hope to use it. All these things can be worked through in one path or other time of many paths.

This is a sample pathway to give you an example of the process and what is expected.


Monday, July 23, 2018

Typical Meeting Schedule

Start- 7:00 AM
Our president will begin the meeting, and ask if there were any outside speeches. From there we go over any business we need to take care of, and the president will turn the lecture over to the Toastmaster of the day.

The Toastmaster will introduce the rolls of the day: grammarian, table topicsmaster, timer, general evaluator, and speech evaluator. They will then announce the day's speakers, with a short introduction.

Both speaker will give their speech at the lectern, and will be evaluated by a speech evaluator to find out what was good, and what needs improvement in their speech.

Toastmaster of the day will come back up to the front and remind everyone to fill out our evaluation sheets and then pass them to the speaker.

Table topics is when the topics master will ask random members a to speak on a topic such as "Please make a commercial about shoes" or "Tell us story about when you have been on vacation, and a problem arose".

To end the meeting, each roll will review what they were looking for that day. Grammarian will report on umms and interesting words. Table topics will present the award to the best impromptu one minute speech. Timer will state how long everyone spoke for, especially the speaker and speech evaluators. Lastly, the general evaluator will say how everyone who wasn't evaluated did, such as how timely the Toastmaster was, and how transitions between rolls were.

The president will then take over to give the schedule for next week, and conclude the meeting.
End- 7:50 AM

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Meeting 7/17 - Theme Family



Our Toastmaster Kathleen showed us a day in the life of a grandparent, Lauralee brought her family story into a fairy tale of kingdoms, castles, kings and queens. A awesome round of Table Topics about family kingdoms, chosen family, and embarrassing moments. A short meeting but packed full. Check out the full video.


Sunday, July 15, 2018

Throw Back to July of Last Year!


Roles

Meeting for July 17th- The Toastmaster of the day is Kathleen, with Jalene as the general evaluator. First speaker is Lauralee, who will be evaluated by Dave , speaker 2 is Brian N., evalauted by Laurie. Kristina is table topics masters, and Lee is the grammarian. Cody is timer.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Meet of Vice President of Membership- Jalene






Hello Fellow Toastmasters!


I'm Jalene Case. I live in Newport with my husband of 10 years, and enjoy frequent visits from my 28-year old son living in Portland. Personally, I love to sail, kayak, motorcycle, walk/hike, and do yoga.


Professionally, I’m the CEO and President of Jalene Case Coaching & Professional Development. I help people create lives they love! Personally, I work with individuals to connect with their hearts’ voice and then, take purposeful action toward what matters most to them. Professnally, I work with teams to increase their cohesiveness, productivity, and satisfaction. I’m a professional facilitator, coach, and speaker. Plus, I’ve traveled the world by motorcycle for 2 years and co-authored “52 Ways to Connect with You.”


I joined Toastmasters in January 2018 because I wanted to strengthen my voice from the inside out. My dream is to be clearer about what I want to say and better at saying it. My favorite things about our Toastmasters group are: the camaraderie, support, and laughter, the weekly learning about public speaking, and the challenge of giving presentations. I became the Membership Officer because I want aspiring Toastmasters to feel welcome and get started on the right foot. In the next year, my goal is to design an orientation process that’s easy for anyone in our club to share with people considering or joining our group.



Warm regards,

Jalene

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Reminder!

Bring all of your awards that you received this year!

7/10 Roles

Christa is the Toastmaster of the day, evaluated by Kristina. There are two speakers of the day, Cody  who does not have an evaluator, and Kathleen being evaluated by Laurie. Dave is the grammarian, and Jalene is the table topics master. Lee is the timer.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Pathways- Team Collaboration



TEAM COLLABORATION

Mastering Fundamentals
  • Ice Breaker
  • Evaluation and Feedback
  • Researching and Presenting
Learning Your Style
  • Understanding Your Leadership Style
  • Active Listening
  • Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring
Increasing Knowledge
  • Successful Collaboration
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 • Make Connections Through Networking
Building Skills
  • Motivate Others
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

Happy 4th of July

We had no meeting for July 3rd.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

June 26th Meeting

We had a great meeting today full of stories, communication styles, and topics of gratitude. We laughed, thought, and even squeezed a heart. Congrats to Christa our Table Topics winner for this week.  Remember no meeting next week 7/3. See you in two weeks.


Sunday, June 24, 2018

Roles 6/26

Meeting Roles:            6/26/2018

MEETING THEME: Attitude of Gratitude

Toastmaster:    Brian Norris

Speaker #1      Kristina Book

Evaluator:        Julia Carlson

Speaker #2      Dave Coffman

Evaluator:        Kathleen Ritzman

Grammarian:   Jalene Case

Table Topics:  Dave Coffman

Timer:  Laurie Weitkamp

Gen. Evaluator: Cody Busch

Pathways- Presentation Mastery

PRESENTATION MASTERY
Mastering Fundamentals
• Ice Breaker
• Evaluation and Feedback
• Researching and Presenting
Learning Your Style
• Understanding Your Communication Style
• Effective Body Language
• Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring
Increasing Knowledge
• Persuasive Speaking
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 • Active Listening
• Connect with Your Audience • Make Connections Through Networking
Building Skills
• Managing a Difficult Audience
Level 4 Elective Projects (choose 1)
• Create a Podcast
• Manage Online Meetings
• Building a Social Media Presence
• Question-and-Answer Session
• Public Relations Strategies
• Write a Compelling Blog • Manage Projects Successfully
Demonstrating Expertise
• Prepare to Speak Professionally
• Reflect on Your Path
Level 5 Elective Projects (choose 1)
• Lessons Learned • Leading in Your Volunteer
• Moderate a Panel Discussion Organization
• Ethical Leadership
• High Performance Leadership

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

New Record!

Congratulations! We have reached over 10,000 people visiting our page today!

June 19th Evaluations


June 19th Table Topics


June 19th Meeting

Brian became the Toastmaster of the day due to the technical problems. He was evaluated by Dave, who said the meeting did start late because of the internet problems. Dave also said that he had good introductions for people and was able to run the meeting despite the interruptions.
Our first speaker of the day was Jalene, who have a preview of her speech for her Women's Symposium coming up this weekend on June 23rd. Her theme was letting your heart make some decisions. Jalene had gone on a motorcycle trip where she allowed herself the freedom to experience what she wanted to do. When Jalene got back, she had left a secure job, and now has started her own business to follow her heart's dreams. At the end of her speech, Jalene had all of us put our hand on our heart and ask what it wants to do. She was evaluated by Brian N, who said she had great pictures on her slides for us to look at. He also said that she got the audience engaged with her having us all ask our hearts what it wanted to do, which helped to gain the audience attention again.
Lauralee was the second speaker of the day, giving the Touching Story speech from storytelling. Her speech was titled 8:07 AM. June 10th is a day she will always remember. It is the day that an active shooter came into Reynolds High School and shot another student, a teacher and them killed himself. She talked about what it was like to be in the classroom, not knowing where the shooter was. As she waited and waited to go home, she reflected on how life can change at any moment. "Time is a fascinating thing," she said. "We seem to assume that we can predict the future. Not plan, but predict. Planning for the future means you work towards a goal, and trying to do what you can do in order to secure that goal. Predicting the future means saying this is going to happen regardless, and assuming you know the future. If there is one thing I have learned, is predicting the future is truly futile."
Laurie was Lauralee's evaluator for the day, who said that she clearly was able to capture the emotion of her topic. One thing that she mentioned Lauralee could do is expand her gestures so they were larger.
Christa was the table topics master of the day. She asked Cody who he hated, to which he said that he tries not to hate anyone. However the person he used to hate was himself. Christa asked Laurie what is somewhere she hates to go. During summer, Laurie said, she hates to go into the traffic and busy streets of Newport. Paul said that the world is going to look incrementally different in 100 years because, as a people, we improve in small increments. Laurie won the table topics trophy of the day.
Cody was the timer of the day. Paul was the grammarian of the day.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Meet Kristina Book, a Colorado native

Kristina Book, a Colorado native

I spend most of my work facilitating, training, and consulting in the adventure education and challenge course programming field. While proficient at presenting focused programming and facilitation sessions, I have always been aware my keynote type speaking skills and nerves needed improving. My dad, a project manager in Colorado, mentioned Toastmasters when we were discussing professional development, community connection, and gaining confidence in getting buy-in to increase consulting clients. After conversations, I decided to give it a try and attend a few meetings as a guest to see if it would be a good fit. The members at Yaquina Toastmaster are awesome, and I couldn’t wait to come back to another meeting after the first and finally became a member as I couldn’t wait to get on the list of speakers. Since joining Toastmasters, I have gained awareness of word choice, nerves, and prepping and through practice have seen improvement in my speaking abilities. I am stepping into the role of V.P. of Public Relations for the Yaquina Toastmasters Club. I am is excited about this position and anticipates expanding Toastmasters’ outreach within the Newport community to show the benefits of speaking development and professional comradery. I plan on continuing the marketing plan of my predecessor, and hopes to target special interest groups such as the local hospitals and other service-oriented businesses.

June 20th Roles

Svetlana is our Toastmaster of the day, evaluated by Dave. We have one speaker of the day, Jalene, evaluated by Brian. Lauralee Norris is our second speaker of the day, with no evaluator. Christa is our table topics master of the day, and Paul is our grammarian. Cody is our timer.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Legacy Program

If you are on the Legacy Program, and have completed the Competent Leadership and Competent Communicator, you now have two years to complete the program.
Elections just happened! Are you a club officer? Great! This means that you can complete your Advanced Leadership Bronze this year. To do this, you need to give two speeches, either from the Club Success Series or Better Speaker Series, and participate in the club success plan.
Now that you have finished the Competent Communicator, you can start on your Advanced Communicator Bronze. This is another ten speeches from two of the 15 advanced manuals. Say you choose the Humorous Speaking manual and Technical Presentations. These will allow you to complete your Advanced Communicator Bronze.
You are now an ACB and an ABL! You now are into district leadership roles to complete your Advanced Leadership Silver. If you were a Pathways Guide during the transition, you have fulfilled your district commitment, but if not, you have a variety of roles you can choose from, from being an area director, to a division leader. Once you have taken on that role, you will also need to complete a High Performance Leadership Project. You can read more about HPL's here.
When you are going for your Advanced Communicator Silver, you need to give ten more speeches, or two more advanced manuals. For this, you could do the Entertaining Speaker and Storytelling. This educational award also requires two presentations from the Better Speaker Series or Club Success series.
Now that you have completed your HPL, received your Leadership Excellence Award, and finished your Advanced Leader Silver (ALS) and Advanced Communicator Silver (ACS), you now have your Advanced Communicator Gold to finish. This is another two advanced manuals. If you complete your Interpretive Reading and Speeches by Management manuals, this will get you one step closer to DTM. You need to be a club coach or sponsor, and be a club mentor to receive your DTM.

CONGRATULATIONS! You are now a Distinguished Toastmasters!

High Performance Leadership Project

Are you thinking of doing a High Performance Leadership Project? These are the steps to complete one!
1. Read the High Performance Leadership manual for their background
2. Come up with an idea for a project (IE: leadership campaign, Speechcraft, Youth Leadership)
3. Recruit a guidance committee to work with you on your project
4. Meet with your guidance committee to go over what you have in mind
5. Create your mission statement, vision, and values. Run these by your committee
6. Present your first speech to your club about your project
7. Create your Roles Goals and Timetable for your project
8. Recruit and Action Team
9. Create your action plan on how you are going to achieve your goals in your timelimit
10. Meet with your action team and guidance committee to review your progress and how things are working. Overcome problems, if any, and reevaluate your plan if needed
11. Results: go over your results with your team and evaluate how your plan went
12. Present your results to your club with a speech

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Three Officers

Meet Laurie Weitkamp our treasurer

Meet Brian Haggerty our new secretary 

Our new Sergeant At Arms: Cody Bosch

June 12th Meeting Roles

Laurie Weitkamp is the Toastmaster of the day, evaluated by Lee. Julia Carlson is the first speaker of the day, evaluated by Kathleen Ritzman. Joel will be the second speaker, evaluated by Brian Norris. Christa Colway will be the grammarian and Cody will be the table topics master. Kristina A. R. Book will be the timer of the day.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

June 5th Meeting

Lee was the Toastmaster of the Day, whose theme was graduation. He announced that his wife, Kathleen will be rejoining us full time after she retires this year. She gave a speech at the Siletz High School graduation, where she challenged everyone to leave the world a better place than when they arrived, and each be themselves. Christa was his evaluator, who said that he had very smooth transitions and a great theme. For Brian N and Cody, she suggested working more on the sandwich method instead of going through your evaluation in a linear style.
Lauralee gave her folk tale speech called Tale of Three Brothers, written by JK Rowling as part of the Tales of Beedle the Bard. In the tale, three brothers created a bridge across a treacherous river where travelers usually drown, and angered death. He gave them a prize for evading them, but then searched to take them for his own afterwards. The oldest brother received the Elder Wand, before he was killed by another wizard who stole his wand. The second brother was given the resurrection stone to bring back the girl he loved. However, she was separated from him by a veil, and he died by suicide to join her. The last brother asked for an object that would allow him to leave Death without being followed. Death then gave him a cloak of invisibility. When the third brother grew old, he shed the cloak and departed with death as a friend. Lauralee then said that the three brothers were Antioch, Cadmus and Ignotus Peverell. She then flipped up her hood, held up her stone and wand saying whoever succeeds in uniting all three objects become Master of Death. Brian was Lauralee's evaluator, who said she did a good job at incorporating vocal variety into her speech. He also complimented her use of gestures in this speech. One suggestion he had was to make sure and avoid a sing song tone.

Kristina was the second speaker, who gave her leadership speech. She said that she had a democratic style of leading, meaning she wants the input of the group to to help make decisions. Her opposite style is authoritative, where they use enthusiasm to encourage those they are leading. Giving an example from her own life, she is now working at Salishan Adventures where she is creating the entire program from scratch. This includes five different segments of the program, and she needs to get all new equipment and a staff to run the program. She has been given two months to do this project, and said she has been learning how to embrace techniques of other leadership styles to help her be successful in this job. Cody was her evaluator, who complimented her vocal variety and adding humor into her speech. One suggestion he had for Kristina is to look each member in the eye as she spoke.
Jalene asked Dave what degree he would get if he could. He said he would get a degree in Bovine Scatology, because BS is one of the best skills people can have. Svetlana said that she remembers how formal and dignified her daughters graduation was, which she appreciated. Laurie said that she would tell the graduating classes that life doesn't have to be as serious as we take it. Dave won the table topics trophy of the day.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Pathways- Motivational Strategies

MOTIVATIONAL STRATEGIES
Mastering Fundamentals
• Ice Breaker
• Evaluation and Feedback
• Researching and Presenting
Learning Your Style
• Understanding Your Communication Style
• Active Listening
• Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring
Increasing Knowledge
• Understanding Emotional Intelligence
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 • Make Connections Through Networking
Building Skills
• Motivate Others
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
• Team Building
• 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, June 3, 2018

Congratulations Christa

Congratulations Christ on receiving your Competent Leadership award!

June 5th Meeting

The Toastmaster of the day will be Lee, generally evaluated by Christa. There will be two speakers of the day. Lauralee will be first, giving her folk tale speech from the storytelling manual, evaluated by Brian N. The second speaker is Kristina, evaluated by Cody. Jalene will be the table topics master, and Julia will be the grammarian of the day. Brian H will be the timer of the day.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Toastmasters is supportive, inclusive group

While we may live in a small city, it seems we have all we need to launch a successful career. A year ago, I moved here feeling this would be a quiet place to work on my book, “Healing Happens: Stories of Healing Against All Odds”. In the beginning, the only time I came to town was to buy groceries, or attend a Yaquina Toastmasters meeting on Tuesday mornings at Pig ‘N Pancake. To my surprise, Toastmasters provided all that I needed- connection and community, refined preparation for my speaking tour, and excellent breakfast catered to my special dietary requirements.
Whether a new member, or a long time member, there is always a friendly face to greet you at the meetings. Every meeting is filled with laughter, as many people in the club have a great sense of humor. Our president, Brian Norris, is very tactful at keeping a great sense of harmony among the members. I have made friends, been given opportunities to speak about my miracle healing stories and success strategies. I see familiar faces in town that make me feel like a welcome member of this community. They have also encouraged me to take on bigger roles within Toastmasters to step out of my shell. Not only have those roles helped me as a public speaker, but also as a leader, and in my ability to communicate in everyday conversations.
People say public speaking is one of their biggest fears. To overcome fears, I find it helpful to establish a supportive environment, find a well-developed training system, and obtain constructive feedback from people more experienced than me. It takes courage to take on a leadership role or stand in front of a room. When I do so the Toastmasters members are always supportive. The energy of the group feels so inclusive they even added the ability to join the meetings online for people like me who travel a lot to be able to stay involved. Now we have members from around the world!
With a program that started almost one hundred years ago, I really feel Toastmasters has polished our training manuals to offer clear guidance every step of the way. I even got to be part of helping roll out the new Pathways program, which I feel is even more tailored to each individual’s goals. Whether you want to focus on speaking, coaching, leading, communicating, negotiating, networking, project planning, motivating others, or mentoring, it seems there is a path for you.
At a recent training with Brendon Burchard, known as “the world’s leading high performance coach,” he shared perfection can’t be achieved until we launch our product or service and see how people respond to it. Yet at Toastmasters, we can practice launching our work over and over again until our message is honed. We have members who have been involved for over twenty years who offer feedback I never would have thought about on my own.
The members are supportive and articulate with their feedback so I always feel great about my
accomplishments and inspired to grow. Now I feel ready to step out into the world, share the inspiration I have gathered from my research and experiences on healing and success, and my tummy has been filled with yummy food!
Please join us at Yaquina Toastmasters on Tuesdays at 7 a.m, at Pig ‘N Pancake, Newport, Oregon. Visit our blog at ybtoastmasters.blogspot.com.
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