7 Ways to Make a Conversation With Anyone
A TED Talk with Malavika Varadan
by Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director
As we all work on building a stronger club, sometimes having a genuine conversation with a guest or new member can be challenging. In this video, Malavika shares 7 great ways to initiate a conversation that will engage and encourage others to feel welcome. Here is a list of her 7 main points. If the titles don’t ring a bell… you better watch the video.
- The First Word Floodgates
- Skip the Small Talk
- Find the “Me-Toos”
- Pay a Unique Compliment
- Ask for an Opinion
- Be Present and Make Eye Contact
- Name, Place, Animal, Thing
It will help you grow and help you build stronger relationships with your club, members and guests.
The video is only 15:22 minutes long, with many real life stories and examples. I hope you enjoy Malavika’s bubbly personality and guidance as much as I did.
Click here to watch the entire video – https://youtu.be/F4Zu5ZZAG7I
VIDEO Training: How To Give A Wedding Toast
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Sooner or later, if you are a Toastmaster, someone is going to ask you to give a Wedding Toast. In this short 5:00 minute video, a lineup of experts explain what works and what to avoid when preparing a wedding speech. From time-tested tips to hilarious horror stories, they reveals everything you need to know to craft an unforgettable wedding toast.
Your skills as a Toastmaster will help you with the writing, delivery and timing of your toast, but knowing some of these tips will make your speech extra special.
Take notes and give yourself some time to think of the right stories, anecdotes and personal moments… then you will own the room.
Video Training – Four Step To A Killer Intro
By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director
Have you have ever wondered how great speakers can always get your attention, keep it and make you want more, in the first minutes of their presentation. This video will help you learn some simple steps to do just that.
This video was recorded by Anne Ricketts of Lighthouse Communications to help you think about and find better openings to your presentations. In just 4 minutes, she will give you some great advice, ideas and a path to start making your presentations memorable.
Click the link below or the image above to watch it now.
VIDEO – What To Do If You Get Sidetracked
By Ilene Benz – District Marketing Committee Chair
Many new and experienced speakers can get sidetracked while delivering a speech. In less than four minutes, this Toastmasters International video offers tips to help you prepare for your speech, stay focused and in the moment, perform your best and, if needed, what to do when you get sidetracked.
Take a look. You might gain a pointer or two that will help you when distractions divert your focus.
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6 Public Speaking Tips To Hook Any Audience
From the 2015 World Champion
This 9 minute video will offer many great tips on public speaking. Whether in your club, at a corporate meeting or in front of an auditorium of thousands, these tips will help you engage and entertain your audience.
In this video you will learn how to hook your audience in 30 seconds. You will learn how to tell stories that have people hanging on every word. And you will learn some techniques to nail a finale that compels your audience to action.
Take a look by clicking the image above or the link below. It will help you become a better speaker.
Engage Your Audience
Keeping your audience engaged can be one of the hardest things to accomplish. Especially for a newer speaker. This 7:00 minute video will help you keep your audience engaged help you to become a more captivating speaker.
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Free Toast Host Website – Quick Tips
By Keith Maderer, DTM, Club Growth Director
If your club is using the Free Toast Host (FTH) website that every club receives for free when they file an Application To Organize (ATO) or become a Chartered active club, then you will want to check out this quick tip.
How to make the most of your Free Toast Host website.
1. If you are already using the FTH site
Make sure you always add guests to your FTH guests email list. Then you can always invite them to meetings, open houses, contests and other social events.
Use member profile photos on your agendas. When a guest visits your club, their printed agenda will show the names and profile photo of your members that are speaking and filling the meeting roles.
2. If you are a corporate club, but are not using it yet.
Setup your FTH website (it is free) and use it just for your members, agendas and email contacts.
Use this site to help promote your club to others within your corporate environment. Use photos, TI video tips and downloads to help your membership grow.
We are very lucky. Our own Roger Morehouse, DTM is one of the FTH Ambassadors. Even better news is that he is our District 65 webmaster, the Area 42 Director, and a proud member of District 65. Thank you Roger.
Wes Brzozowski from the Endwell club is also an Ambassador for FTH and is a great resource for maximizing the use of search engines to find club websites.
If you want to find out more about these items, check out these links and videos. There is a wealth of information and training waiting for your use.
Free Toast Host Setup:
Free Toast Host Support and Training:
YouTube Video – Free Toast Host 2.0 – Video User Guide: 56 Minutes
How to Offer Quality Feedback
If you are like most new members of toastmasters, you may be apprehensive to be a speech evaluator. You may not feel that you are qualified to offer suggestions to other, more experienced members. You may be afraid that you will offend or hurt the speaker’s feelings if you point out something that you didn’t work for you.
These are common feelings for every toastmaster. New or experienced, we all need to be sensitive and effective when we offer feedback to others. Constructive guidance and feedback can help those giving the feedback as much, or more than those receiving it.
Have you have ever heard the saying, “If you want to really learn something… Teach it to others.” This is very true. When you learn to analyze the speaking skills of others and offer guidance on how they can improve upon those skills, you are learning what works and what doesn’t.
I have found that this has helped me to become a better speaker. Once I began detecting areas of opportunity in others, I found it easier to diagnose and correct my own weaknesses.
Take a look at this 4:53 minute long video and you will gain additional insights into helping others and becoming a better speaker yourself. Click this link for some great tips.
Harris Spacetalkers Officers
by Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director
We are always looking for clubs that are building better, stronger and larger clubs. This month we met with the club officers of Harris Spacetalkers to discuss how they have already added 8 new members to their club since July 1st of this year.
You can click on the image above or the link below to watch the replay of their interview and learn from their insights, ideas and answers to our questions.
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Pathways To A Brave New World
By Keith Maderer, DTM
As we move into the new world of digital communication and presentations, we have to look forward and embrace the way our technological innovation is helping us make life easier.
Well your new Toastmasters Pathways Program is doing just that. Here are the ten pathways that you can follow on your journey into the future. I am excited to begin these new projects and learning new, different and better ways to communicate.
Some of the Dynamic New Projects include:
Every member will have their own Base Camp online that will feature the following:
Engaging videos that model skills that you are learning
Opportunities to earn and award digital badges
Interactive quizzes and activities
Ability to share feedback online
As we move into next year, you will have the opportunity to explore this new Pathways program and start energizing your new skill set. Learning is a lifetime event.
When you stop learning… you stop thinking… and you stop growing.
I don’t know about you… but I am not ready for that yet.
For more information about the Pathways Program, click here: