Toastmasters

I am not the kind of person who is naturally comfortable speaking in front of any number of people. In fact, I have spent the majority of my life actively avoiding it. In school, I'd frequently take 0's on assignments/presentations because I refused to speak in front of the class.

Progress

I am currently working on the Innovative Planning track in Pathways.

Level 1:
  1. Ice Breaker Sum of My Names Completed: 04/28/2022
  2. Evaluation and Feedback - Speech 1 How to Shave a Yak Completed: 06/16/2022
  3. Evaluation and Feedback - Speech 2 How to Shave a Yak Completed: 06/23/2022
  4. Researching and Presenting
Level 2:
  1. Understanding Your Leadership Style
  2. Connect with Your Audience
  3. Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring
Level 3:
  1. Present a Proposal
  2. Elective Project 1
  3. Elective Project 2
Level 4:
  1. Manage Projects Successfully
  2. Elective Project 1
Level 5:
  1. High Performance Leadership
  2. Elective Project 1

Awards

At the end of each meeting, all attendee's vote on the best speaker, evaluator, and table topics answer of the evening. There are also several speech competitions at club/district/area/beyond levels each year.

Best Table Topics

Table Topics are questions posed to a person that must be answered immediatly. This is the on-the-fly speaking training in contrast to the prepared speeches. Each person gets a unique question and must answer by speaking for 1-2 minutes.

  • 04/07/2022 | What gift have you given led to the most unexpected response?

Best Evaluator

Each meeting has three prepared speeches, and each speech has an evaluator assigned. Each evaluator gives a 2-3 minute evaluation after all the speeches on the specific one they were assigned. As evaluator it is your job to share things you think the speaker did particularly well, as well as things they can work on to improve, and things you challenge them to do next time to help the speaker grow. Evaluation is a huge part of growth and you can learn alot from evaluating others.

  • 05/12/2022 | Level 4, Speech 1: The Power of Humor in an Impromptu Speech

Meeting Roles

There are many roles at each meeting, and I try to fill a role at every meeting I attend. You get out of Toastmasters what you put in, so I try hard to participate as much as possible.

  • 04/07/2022 | Table Topic Participant
  • 04/28/2022 | Speaker - Innovative Planning 1.1
  • 05/05/2022 | Ah Counter
  • 05/12/2022 | Evaluator
  • 05/19/2022 | Grammarian
  • 05/26/2022 | Timer
  • 06/02/2022 | Evaluator
  • 06/09/2022 | Toastmaster
  • 06/16/2022 | Speaker - Innovative Planning 1.2
  • 06/23/2022 | Speaker - Innovative Planning 1.3
  • 06/30/2022 | End of Year Party - no roles
  • 07/14/2022 | Quiz Master
  • 08/11/2022 | General Evaluator
  • 09/01/2022 |