Pathways Catalog

Your PATHWAYS Catalog

Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The New Pathways Program… And More

By Keith Maderer, DTM – D65 – Club Growth Director

Pathways Catalog

Have you been confused, curious or even frustrated about the new Pathways program?

If so, join the club. We have been hearing small bits of information for the past few years and now it is crunch time.

We are rolling out the program in Region 9, District 65 on May 15th, 2018. You should be excited and anxious to see what is in store. This new education program has been developed with real world applications and you… our members… in mind.

It will allow you to focus your training, your education and your skills on the specific areas that you want and need to achieve your goals.

Recently, Sam Mehta, our District 65 – Chief Ambassador for Pathways, received and sent us the complete 66 page – Pathways Paths and Projects Catalog. I asked if I could share it with you.

Here it is: (Click this link to download your copy)

https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.110.213/zhm.631.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Pathways-Paths-and-Projects-Catalog-V2.1.pdf

Inside you will find a wealth of information. Each of the 10 paths is described in detail along with a brief description of each of the projects that you can accomplish within that path. Then it goes on to describe each project with its purpose, overview and what eh project includes.

I have already learned more about the Pathways program by spending a few minutes reading this catalog than I have participating in multiple short online and in-person presentations.

Take a look and see for yourself.

My Challenge To You:

Download this catalog, review it and prepare any questions for your Pathways Guides before they visit your clubs over the next 6 weeks. If you do, we will not only be ready for Pathways on May 15th, 2018, but we will be hitting the pavement at full speed when it arrives.

You owe it to yourself, your club and your fellow members to see how much better we can all be with this program. I am ready for the challenge… Are You?

Also Check out our Pathways Page Here:

Pathways

Toastmasters Turnaround Story

Wow… From Last Place… to the Top 10%… and Still Climbing

District 65 – Toastmasters Turnaround Story Of The Year

We have a real chance of making our District 65 a Distinguished… or even a Select Distinguished District this year.

But We Need Your Help.

Here is how you can help your Club, your Division and your District.

Step 1: Check your club report by visiting this link, scroll down to your club and click on your club name: your club report will pop up and you can save as a PDF (upper right corner)

http://dashboards.toastmasters.org/Club.aspx?id=65

Step 2: Find out what your club needs to do to be come Distinguished or better by sharing your club report with your members and officers.

Step 3: Reach out to former members, guests and existing members with the attached PDF on Pathways – visit this link:

https://secureservercdn.net/166.62.110.213/zhm.631.myftpupload.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/Pathways-Core-Competencies.pdf

Step 4: Submit any CC’s, CL’S, or advanced awards electronically through Club Central before the June 29th deadline. https://www.toastmasters.org/

Step 5: Let us know when you reach Distinguished or Better and your club will receive Toastmasters magnetic Name Badges ($8.00 each) for every member in your club plus a $25.00 gift certificate. Email: d65trio@gmail.com

Don’t let all our hard work this year go for naught. Let’s race to the finish line and make District 65 the Turnaround Story of the Year.

You earned it, now lets finish it!

2018 Conference Highlights

District 65 – 2018 Spring Conference Highlights

Dear District 65 Toastmaster,

This past weekend, District 65 held the Spring Conference at the Holiday Inn, in Binghamton, New York.

I wanted to showcase some of the highlights of the Conference:

District 65 hosted Distinguished Toastmaster Radhi Spear, a Toastmaster International Director. Director Spear made herself available to conduct an interview with a local newspaper, attending a Pathways presentation of a local club in Endicott, visiting the Visions and Cooperstown Museum to explain the benefits and opportunities of building Toastmasters clubs, and presenting two corporate awards.

2018 Trio with RadhiRadhi on Radhi

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Radhi Spear Trying to Get Radhi Spear off her back. 

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Corporate Awards:

Corporate awards were presented to Binghamton University and to Corning Incorporated for their investment and commitment those organizations have provided to Toastmasters International and supporting their own Toastmasters organizations. Congratulations to Binghamton University (Leaders and Learners) and to Corning Inc. (Speak Up CNY) for your well-deserved awards.

Communication and Leadership Award:

Randi Quackenbush - CL Award

The Communication and Leadership (C&L) Award was presented to Randi Quackenbush for her work with the Food Bank and efforts in creating a Speakers Bureau, creating a scenario where those effected by poverty are taking their own stories to Washington, DC. You can read more in the Binghamton newspaper:

https://www.pressconnects.com/story/news/connections/2018/04/20/food-bank-speakers-bureau-addresses-hunger/521496002/

Tall Tales Contest:

We held our Tall Tales Contest on Friday Night and it was attended by almost 100 people, “if an inch”. Our contest winners were:

D65 Tall Tales winners 2018

D65 Tall Tales winners 2018 - 2

  • 1st Place – Stephen Musok, of the Endicott Club
  • 2nd Place – Gil Stern, of Postprandial Toastmasters
  • 3rd Place – Sarah Ripley, of Tiger Tales Toastmasters

International Speech Contest:

The International Speech Contest was held on Saturday, with great attendance as well. Our contest winners were:

D65 International Winners 2018

D65 International Winners 2018

  • 1st Place – Joseph Babcock, of Big Red Toastmasters
  • 2nd Place – Pritam Poddar, of Tiger Tales Toastmasters
  • 3rd Place – Ashley Dietrick, of Lawley Lingo

Elections were held on Saturday for our Incoming District Officers

The 2018-2019 District Officer Election Results are as follow:

  • District Director Elect: Lillian Knight Faison, DTM
  • Program Quality Director Elect: Pam Gorman, ACB, ALB
  • Club Growth Director Elect: Ray Mulgrew, ACB, CL
  • Division A Director Elect: Dennis Gauda, DTM, PDG
  • Division B Director Elect: Alex Turner, ACS, ALB
  • Division C Director Elect: Brenda Billups, ACB, CL
  • Division D Director Elect: Hadassah Mativetsky, CC, CL
  • Division E Director Elect: Mara Mowers, ACB, ALB

The District 65 Awards Banquet was hosted on Saturday Night

Here are some Keynotes from the banquet:

Conference Co-Chairs:

D65 Randi Leo Joan

Thank you to Leo O’Connor, ACB and to Joan Sprague, DTM for hosting such an amazing conference

Pat Panfile-Ben Luce Award:

Linda Lathrop, DTM, won the Pat Panfile-Ben Luce Award

New Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) Awarded:

Our newly inducted Distinguished Toastmasters included: Distinguished Toastmasters All

  • Celia Beaucage
  • Pat Costello
  • Denise Hull
  • Edward Parmenter
  • Juanita Rivera-Ortiz (not yet presented)
  • Christine Wolbert

New Triple Crowns Awarded:

Triple Crowns were awarded to the following Toastmasters:

  • Celia Beaucage, DTM
  • Pat Costello, DTM
  • Wanda Edwards, ACS, ALB
  • Denise Hull, DTM
  • Keith Maderer, DTM
  • Mara Mowers, ACB, ALB
  • Emily Olsen, ACG, ALB
  • Kate Olsen, DTM
  • Christine Wolbert, DTM

Thanks to all of our members who make these events possible. Without you, these events could never happen. Congratulations to our newly elected officers for the 2018-2019 Toastmasters year, beginning on July 1, 2018.

Sincerely,

Ellen Pieklo, DTM

District 65 Director

Hobby Or Talent Meeting

Fun Meeting Ideas

Hobby Or Talent Meeting:

By Angela D’Amico – Marketing Committee Member

For this meeting, you suggest that each of your members who signs up for a speech provides a talk about their favorite Hobby or a specific Talent that they feel is unique.

In addition to their presentation, live demonstrations are encouraged and audience interaction is also a welcome addition.

Focus your daily Table Topics around hobbies, talents or even super-powers to maintain the theme and get everyone engaged.

Have Evaluators contribute as well with a brief description of their own favorite hobby and what they learned from the Speaker.

Remember that variety is the spice of life. Toastmasters meetings that encourage fun will encourage members to attend and re-engage.

Here are some creative ways to get your club’s endorphins pumping at your upcoming meetings.

  • Once a month keep an element of surprise.
  • Change the layout of the room.
  • Place the lectern in a different spot.
  • You can assign roles at the door as each member picks their roles for that day from a bag.

The more fun you have, the more fun your members and guest will have. Focus on Fun and your club will grow.

Four Step To A Killer Intro

Video Training – Four Step To A Killer Intro

By Keith Maderer, Club Growth Director

4 Step Killer intro
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.

https://youtu.be/aGEFtRwPhE4

Four Ways To Spice Up Your Meetings

 Four Ways to Spice Up Your Toastmasters Meetings

Eddie Kasprzyk

By Eddie Kasprzyk –  Marketing Committee Member

· Relate the theme to a current event. As we all know, the 2018 Winter Olympics has just wrapped up. In our last club meeting, we did have a Winter Olympic theme. Random Olympic trivia was asked throughout the meeting and whoever answered a question correctly received a plastic Olympic Medal ribbon to proudly wear around their neck (kudos to Wendy Miller of Westwinds!). It was such a fun meeting and we even got to keep the Gold Medals that we “won”.

· Invite other clubs. Having a group of new faces in the room may prompt you out of your comfort zone and you’ll be able to work on fine tuning your public speaking skills that you usually don’t get to work on. Example: Evaluating someone’s prepared speech that is a total stranger.

· An All Table Topics Meeting. Who doesn’t love table topics? Break out of the norm and allow every member to have a speaking role and possibly speak multiple times. This is a great way to get those fellow members, who are a bit shy, to come out of their shell.

· Change up the location of your meeting. By having new surroundings, you’ll get the opportunity to practice in a setting that you may not be used to. Example, if you generally meet in a classroom, try having your next meeting in a restaurant around the table. This is a great way to practice giving a toast for your next dinner party.

Remember….this is your club. Try something new for one of your upcoming meetings and have fun. Having fun is what Toastmasters is all about!

Fun Meeting Idea – Backward Meeting

Fun Meeting Ideas

The Backwards Meeting

If your club is up to a challenge, try a Backwards meeting. Make sure that you have experienced speakers because their evaluator will tell them more about what they have to do during their speech. If the speaker can provide their project and evaluation form in advance, the evaluator can add some very interesting twists that they will need to comply with.

Here is an overview of a Backwards Meeting. Take your regular agenda and turn it upside down and laugh your way to the end of another great meeting.

Sample Agenda Ideas:

  1. Toastmaster closes the meeting
  2. Toastmaster and General Evaluator hand out Awards
  3. General Evaluator offers their evaluation of the meeting
  4. General Evaluator presents Role Reports
    1. Word of the day – How many times was it used
    2. Grammarian – offer some great suggestions for speakers, table topics and evaluators.
    3. Ah counter – makes it up and tells speakers how many they had of each
    4. Timers Report – make it up and challenge the speakers to comply
  5. Evaluator 3 gives evaluation of speaker 3 – needs to provide CC or AC project/title in advance
  6. Evaluator 2 gives evaluation of speaker 2 – needs to provide CC or AC project/title in advance
  7. Evaluator 1 gives evaluation of speaker 1 – needs to provide CC or AC project/title in advance
  8. General Evaluator introduces Toastmaster
  9. Toastmaster introduces Table Topics Master
  • – TT contestant 3 gives Table Topic 3
  • Table Topic master has to introduce Title of TT 3
  • – TT contestant 2 gives Table Topic 2
  • – Table Topic master has to introduce Title of TT 2
  • – TT contestant 1 gives Table Topic 1
  • – Table Topic master has to introduce Title of TT 1
  1. Table Topics master hands meeting back to Toastmaster.
  2. Speaker 3 gives speech based on Evaluation and Evaluators comments. (uses TT time to prepare what evaluator offered as guidance)
  3. Speaker 2 gives speech based on Evaluation and Evaluators comments. (uses TT time to prepare what evaluator offered as guidance)
  4. Speaker 1 gives speech based on Evaluation and Evaluators comments. (uses TT time to prepare what evaluator offered as guidance)
  5. Toastmaster introduces Roles and Guests
  • Timer
  • Ah counter
  • Grammarian
  • Wordmaster
  • Introduce Guests
  1. TM – Humorist share their laughs
  2. TM – Invocation is given
  3. SAA – TM – Pledge of Allegiance
  4. SAA – Gavel the meeting

5 Tips For FTH

5 Tips to Help Your Free Toast Host Website…

Help Your Club… Get More Members

By Keith Maderer, DTM – Club Growth Director and many others

The most common place people find Toastmasters is on Google…

They go to – https://www.toastmasters.org/ – and hit – Find a Club.

They type in their zip code and look at a few clubs close to them that meet at a time they prefer. Then they look at your club website, members, meeting information and contact us.

Is Your Site Ready?

Take a look at Buffalo Flyers Club – http://buffaloflyers.toastmastersclubs.org/ Is this website ready? At the time of this article, they have a few items that they can work on to improve.

1. Your Home Page is Huge – Next take a look at The Larkin Leaders website for a comparison https://1196232.toastmastersclubs.org

  • You only have one chance to make a first impression.
  • Photos, announcements and events from your club make it personal and real.
  • Keep them rolling down the screen. Write a brief meeting recap or article

2. Meet Our Members

Have profile photos, bio and social sharing for all members. Unlocked them for all to see. Here is how to fix this.

  • Members >>> Edit Your Profile
  • Admin or Officer >>> Private Member Directory>>> You can fill out for them.

3. Meeting Information/Directions:

  • Spell it out, tell them the details, where to park, use the map, etc.
  • Launch Admin Console >> Meeting Info/Dir -TAB >>> fill out and add map

4. Contact Us:

  • VP Membership and President – make sure to respond to every inquiry.
  • Have 1 or both respond. Two responses is better than none.
  • Launch Admin Console >> Email and contact forms >>> Add members name

5. Photos on agenda: Why??

  • If guest walks in and see member photos on the agenda. Starts the process of getting to know your members.
  • Launch Admin Console >> Meeting Agenda Settings >>> Global Settings
  • >>> Include member photos on agenda – check box.

Bonus Tip: Write a meeting recap/summary with current or next meetings agenda. Email to all members and occasionally to guests and former members after every meeting.

“Miss a Meeting… You Miss A Lot! Bring A Guest… Ask A Co-worker??” from  Paul Justinger – Clarence Toastmasters

I hope you find these tips helpful. If your website is ready when a guest reaches out, you have a much better chance of having them visit your club. Then it is up to you and your members to make them stay.

Here are some great sites to help you learn to make the most of your Free Toast Host Websites.

Free Toast Host Setup:  https://www.toastmastersclubs.org/welcome/

Free Toast Host Support and Training:  https://support.toastmastersclubs.org/forum

Video – 6 Tips From a World Champion

VIDEO Training

6 Public Speaking Tips To Hook Any Audience

From the 2015 World Champion

6 Tips From A 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.

https://youtu.be/k8GvTgWtR7o