Call for Education Workshop Presenters
Submission Deadline: Friday, September 15th
Submit to: Elizabeth Evanisko, Education Committee Co-Chair
Download the Applications Here:
Fall Conference Theme: “Telling Your story, The Pulitzer Prize Toastmaster”
Toastmasters District 65 Fall 2017 Conference Education Committee is seeking 6 – 9 workshop presenters and 2 alternates to lead workshops on communication, leadership, and personal growth. There will be 2 or 3 sessions of 3 workshops each on Saturday. The sessions will be 40 minutes long including 5 minutes for introductions and 5 minutes for the facilitators to wrap-up including evaluations. Overall event attendance is expected to be approximately 150.
The education workshops are opportunities for Toastmasters to learn specific skills in areas of their interests. Qualified presenters should be able to connect with Toastmasters audiences with appropriate topics.
Please complete the entire application fully and legibly.
If a Toastmaster, please list highest designation with club name(s) and number(s):
Phone Number: ________________ E-mail: _____________________
Type of Presentation: (Communication, Leadership, Personal Growth, Skills Development)
Program Title (max. 10 words):
Session Abstract: (Description / Summary of Content)
Describe Interactive Techniques to Engage Audience:
List 3 Takeaways or Learning Objectives You Intend to Deliver to the Audience:
Please indicate if the presentation is from a Communication Manual, including the project name and manual title (if so, a silent evaluator will be arranged provided you bring your manual with you):
Date(s) and Topic(s), If You Have Presented at Toastmasters’ Events:
Please note, that the presenter is expected to provide their own laptop, if required, or presentation on a thumb drive/memory stick. The conference committee will provide a projector if requested. Please indicate if anything is needed to support the presentation from a logistics perspective (i.e. easel, flip chart, markers, etc.)
If your proposal is not chosen, would you consider serving as a back-up presenter? (Your answer here will not be considered during the selection process.)
- According to Toastmasters International, a workshop presenter CANNOT be compensated for her/his workshop and is responsible for her/his own transportation expenses to the conference.
- A workshop presenter is expected to register for the full day conference, at their own expense.
- The presentation must not include sales pitches, but sales afterward are allowed according to Toastmasters International guidelines. Presenter is solely responsible for all aspects of her/his sales.
- Speakers are responsible for making copies of materials/hand-outs they will be using.
- Workshop presenters are required to sign a standard Toastmasters International speaker’s contract.
Please Include in Your Submission:
- A recent jpg headshot photo and bio must be included with your submission
- Any references that you would like to provide
- It is optional, but it will be very helpful in the decision process, to provide a media file attachment or link to a video which shows your presentation skills.
The final selection will be made after a thorough review of all submissions received by September 15th. Additional information may be requested.
Thank you for your interest in supporting the Toastmasters District 65 Fall 2017 Conference.
The Speaker-Evaluator-Table Topics Exchange Meeting
Fun Meeting Ideas – Sept. 2017
A great way to encourage club members to grow is to arrange for a Speaker, Evaluator and Table Topics master exchange program with one or more of your nearby clubs.
Each club gets to hear a new speaker and has one of their speakers receive an evaluation from someone outside their club and hears favorite table topics from another club. Both clubs get a new speaker and a fresh evaluation. Plus everyone involved has the opportunity to speak in a different setting without leaving the Toastmasters’ umbrella. We can always learn something new from other toastmasters.
This is a particularly great strategy for clubs that are struggling with membership. Sometimes having a few new people involved in their meetings can motivate members to invite additional guests or send an email to their co-workers, friends or family inviting them to visit a meeting.
If you are interested in exchanging with other clubs, please contact your Division or Area Directors. They can provide you with a list of clubs in your area that might be willing to swap members for a few meetings. They can also provide the email and phone numbers for the club officers of each club that you are interested in exchanging with.
As another idea. Try to make this exchange a monthly or quarterly event, or a round robin with 3 or 4 clubs. Each club involved will benefit from the exchange and it will help all clubs become stronger members of the district.
Clueless in Vancouver
by Keith Maderer, DTM, Club Growth Director
Ellen, Lillian and I spent 8 days in Vancouver representing our district in officer training, interviewing international officer candidates, working the International Speech Contests and voting during the TI annual business meeting.
This was my first Toastmasters International Convention… so I had no clue what to expect.
Every day was filled with training, workshops, interviews and activities from 8:00 am until 10:00 pm, but we did find time to talk, share, get to know each other and bond as a team.
We met toastmasters from all over the world, supported our District 65 International Speech contestant – Jonathan Brooks and learned some best practices from some of the most successful district officers in the world.
Jonathan Brooks did a great job presenting his speech and while he did not advance to the finals, he represented District 65 with pride and excellence. There we 100 semifinalist from every area of the world and each speech that we witnessed was as good as the next.
I personally watched 40 speeches, including the top 10 finalists. I can tell you without a doubt… this Toastmasters “Stuff”… really works.
As our week was winding down, we heard word about Hurricane Harvey heading toward the gulf coast of Texas and Louisiana. Many of the district officers at the training and convention were from those areas of the United States. We were lucky to come home tired, enlightened and ready to get back to normal life.
Many of those Texans are still struggling with the aftermath of the Hurricane and it makes you feel lucky to be in Central and Western NY… where snow comes and then it melts. Aside from hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and mudslides, many toastmasters from other countries have to deal with governmental oversight, censorship and even the military attending their toastmasters meetings. It put life, toastmasters and freedom of speech in proper perspective.
The entire trip was an experience that I will never forget and I hope each of you can attend a Toastmasters International Convention in the near future. It will open your eyes, teach you the value of freedom and build empathy and character beyond your expectations.
In the coming months, we will share many of the new marketing, club building and district success strategies that we learned.
We appreciate your continued support and help in making District 65….
Better Tomorrow Than It Was Yesterday. Thank you.
District 65 Fall 2017 Leadership Breakfast and DEC Meeting
- When: September 9, 2017, 9AM – 12:00 Noon
- Where: Holiday Inn, Waterloo, NY
- Who: Club Presidents and VP Education or and/or your designated representative
- Why: Meet with your current officers and learn about leadership skills to help make your club successful in the 2017-2018 Toastmaster Year
- Cost: Breakfast is a buffet breakfast and cost is $ 10 per person. You may attend without eating but please let us know in advance.
District 65 DEC officers Meeting:
- When: September 9, 2017, 12:30PM – 3:00PM following the Breakfast
- All DEC Officers are requested to attend meeting
- Cost: Lunch cost is $ 8 per person.
Club Meeting Role Cheat Sheets
by Keith Maderer, DTM – Club Growth Director
Every club has their own New Member Orientation program. When I was a new toastmaster, I remember being anxious about stepping up for meeting roles. My mentor, Caroline Organ, helped me to identify the specific items that each role entailed.
Now we have some great resources online through Toastmasters International that can help provide an overview of each role and guide your through the nuances that make them unique.
Here is a link to that page: https://www.toastmasters.org/membership/club-meeting-roles
But one thing that continues to create stress for new members is that club meetings are live. They are unpredictable. They are not as prepared as a video depicts them.
Because of that I decided to create a small cheat sheet that new members can use during the meeting to help them over the rough spots.
The good news is that I have shared these with many clubs over the years and now I am going to post them on the tmdistrict65.org website for anyone to download, print and use.
These are also great for recording the date, club, notes and information about when you did a role for the Competent Leader projects and award.
Here are the Club Meeting Roles Cheat Sheets that you can download, print, use and even upload to your club’s website.
They are just something that I have found useful and I hope you will too.
Timer’s Report Sheet:
WAG Master Sheet: (Word of the Day, Ahh Counter and Grammarian)
Dual Evaluation Sheet:
Evaluation Workshop Booklet:
General Evaluator Sheet:
Toastmaster Role Guidelines:
Push Past Your Safety Net
by Carina Paton
Most people are afraid to initiate conversation with strangers. In fact, even those who appear to you to be comfortable are often terrified on the inside!
Many of us join Toastmasters to overcome a fear of public speaking. But rarely do we realize that Toastmasters is also an ideal place to overcome a fear of interacting one-on-one with people that we don’t (yet) know. Even more rarely do we utilize what opportunities the organization makes available to us to build these skills.
Your upcoming Area and Division speech competitions are just two of these opportunities. Even if you aren’t competing in the contest or filling a contest role, attending the contests will benefit both you and your club.
Many of us are comfortable at our club meetings. We quickly get to know our fellow club members, and each greeting and speech adds to our comfort. Our club members, once a group of very welcoming strangers, fast become our safety net. Given that, it’s not surprising that when we go to Toastmasters events above our club level we tend to stick to this safety net of our fellow club members.
I’m not going to tell you to leave that safety net behind entirely; rather, I would like to see more Toastmasters in our District use that safety net as a trampoline instead. Go to Area and Division contests with your fellow club members (in fact, why not be the one to encourage them to go with you). But instead of sticking to them like a fly in a spider’s web, use them as a point to jump off from and a place that you can come back to if you need it. This way they become true safety net—and a fun bouncy one at that!
We all have our own level of comfort at social events with unfamiliar people. Some of you will be what I call a “notworker,” which is someone who avoids networking entirely. If this is you, I encourage you to go to your Area and Division contests with others from your club. Consider carpooling—not only is it great for the environment, it can also ease nerves to arrive at an event with your safety net in tow.
If you are already what I call a “safety networker,” then take that next step: try initiating a conversation with someone you don’t yet know. The “strangers” that you will meet at Area and Division contests are some of the nicest to practice with. Think of how forgiving the Toastmasters in your club are of your mistakes. Toastmasters in your Area and Division are no different! In addition, those that you approach will very likely also be feeling out of their comfort zone. By being the one to initiate conversation with them, I bet they will be thankful for your courage. Who knows, you may even make a new friend!
Getting to know other Toastmasters in your Area and Division is priceless. Want to share ideas with others in your officer role at other clubs? They’re now just a phone call or email away. Need to find a test speaker or judges for your next club contest? You’ll now have numerous people to call to ask if they, or someone in their club, would be willing to take on a role. Having trouble filling speech roles in your meetings, or have more members ready to give speeches than you have space for in your meetings? Use your new network! Giving a speech at another club (or even listening to a speaker from another club) can prevent your meetings from becoming stale by bringing new ideas to your club.
I look forward to getting to know some new people at upcoming contests. See you there!
Members, Members, Members
by Kate Olsen, DTM, PDG 2013-2014
Have you completed your Club Success Plan? This plan is your blueprint for success. The plan helps you achieve the Distinguished Club Plan goals. Membership building for most clubs is the hardest goal to meet.
Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
Things to consider when developing your Membership Building Program:
- Develop Membership Building Committee
- Set dates for your events at beginning of program year
- When one event is finished, have the next ready to go
- What kind of events have worked well in previous years?
- How will you advertise your events?
- Who will Chair each event?
- Ask club members to help
- Have fun planning the events
- Set a SMART goal
- Find out if there are District Incentives to help fund your events
- Consider themed events
If you truly want to be successful and become a distinguished club, take time to write your plan, set realistic goals, and start working to make it happen!
Use this link to learn about the Distinguished Club Program and Club Success Plan: http://www.toastmasters.org/~/media/549134EFA75548B6928C43B6BAAFE433.ashx.
In the Spirit of Toastmasters,
Kate Olsen, DTM
Past District Governor 2013-2014