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Ranting Makes Right ... or Does it? Writing Resonating Rants that Rock! by Rae StonehouseI read an article the other day, doesn’t really matter which one, that really grabbed my attention and engaged me. 

As I continued to read, the realization came to me that this wasn’t the self-help or informative style of article that I usually sought out. Oh no … it was a rant! A rant, thinly disguised as expert advice.  

I enjoy a good rant. Rick Mercer, of CBC’s the Mercer Report, is turning ranting into an art. His rants are fast paced, always have a recognizable target and are easy to follow. Even if you haven’t heard of the facts or evidence that he backs his argument up with, it leaves you wondering about what he has said and eager to find out more on your own.

The author of the article broke the rules of ranting, saying that anyone that disagreed with his ‘facts’ was stupid, making it personal to me. That got me thinking about rants in general. Are there any rules when writing or orally delivering a rant? Does the end justify the means? Is this another ‘might vs right’ scenario? Does good taste come into play when delivering a rant, or is it a ‘no holds barred, anything goes’ type of scenario?

Since rants seem to becoming more common, I thought it might be interesting to research best practices on how to rant with the best of them.

Vocabulary.com describes rant as follows:  A rant is an argument that is fuelled by passion, not shaped by facts. When the shouting starts on talk radio, or when a blog commenter resorts to ALL CAPS — you're almost certainly encountering an instance of ranting.

Published in Communication Skills
Saturday, 19 December 2015 00:00

What are the benefits of Toastmasters?

What are the benefits of Toastmasters?

TI Rebrand full colourWhether you’re a professional, a student, a stay-at-home parent, or a retiree, Toastmasters is the best way to improve your communication skills. Toastmasters can help you lose the fear of public speaking and learn skills that will help you be more successful in your chosen endeavor. You’ll listen better. You’ll more easily lead teams and conduct meetings. You’ll comfortably give and receive constructive evaluation. You already have some, or all of these skills. In Toastmasters, you will enhance them.

What kind of people join Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters?

 Help2Toastmasters International does not discriminate on who joins. The only membership criteria is that you must be over 18 years of age.

The Communication & Leadership program at Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters is suitable for all ages.

Saturday, 19 December 2015 00:00

Do I need to sign anything to become a member?

Do I need to sign anything to become a member?

OK Red CircleWhen you decide to become a member you will be asked to sign a membership agreement. The Club Executive will keep a copy of our application on file.

Here are the nitty gritty details for your perusal before you sign on the dotted line.

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Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

How much does it cost?

How much does it cost?

Currency DollarYou are encouraged to visit Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters as a guest on a couple occasions, at no charge, to see if it is what you want to make a commitment to do. As our Toastmasters program is a self-directed, self-paced one, your first commitment that we are asking you to make is to yourself. Are you ready to commit to challenging yourself in the Toastmasters program by making steady forward movement? Your fellow club members are there to help you, encourage you and to share in your successes.

Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

What is an "Evaluation?"

What is an "Evaluation?"

Speech Evaluator

 

 

The evaluation process is the foundation that Toastmasters program is built on.

All prepared speakers, should have their speaking manuals with them and should have passed them on to their Evaluator before hand. During the speech and after, each speaker’s Evaluator will be taking written notes and furthermore, plan what to say during the two to three minute oral evaluation.

Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

What is "Table Topics"?

What is "Table Topics"?

Table Topics SpeakerTable Topics is fun! Some may find it terrifying in the beginning. Basically, it calls on members and even some guests, if they are willing, to present a one to two minute impromptu speech on a subject not known to you until the moment you get up to speak! A member of the club assigned to be the Table Topics Master will prepare a few impromptu topics and call upon members of the audience to stand up and speak on the topic.

Topics might include current events, or philosophical types of questions, or even wacky questions that most often lead to very humourous presentations. Many clubs require you to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth … but not at Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters.

Friday, 18 December 2015 00:00

What's a "Prepared Speech?"

What's a "Prepared Speech?"

Competent Communicator ManualWhen you join Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters, you will receive an educational kit from Toastmasters International that includes a Competent Communication Manual, a basic speaking manual with ten speech projects. It is considered basic in the sense that it introduces you to the basic skills of public speaking that allows you to systematically develop your speaking skills.

What happens at a Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters meeting?

EvaluatorsKelowna Flying Solo Toastmasters is a community-style club and follows a two hour meeting format. We start at 7 pm and end at 9 pm on Tuesday evenings. We take a break from 7:45 to 8:00 pm to allow for some socialization.


The first part of the meeting is lead by the Chair. The Chair calls the meeting to order and introduces various members who take on support roles throughout the meeting. The members assigned to take on the support roles then stand up and advise everyone what they will be doing during the meeting. The idea is to provide as many speaking opportunities as we can, to practice learning to speak in public. Taking on a support role gets you up on your feet and speaking to others.

Thursday, 17 December 2015 00:00

How will Toastmasters meet my needs?

How will Toastmasters meet my needs?

TM Club Meeting three peopleEstablished in 1924, Toastmasters International uses time-tested programs that are continually updated to meet participants needs.

Self-paced programs allow you to progress as rapidly or gradually as your needs dictate.

The hands-on Communication and Leadership program provides the "how-to" and the practical experience so critical to progress.

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