All Things Toastmasters

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All Things Toastmasters is a collection of questions & answers about Toastmasters answered by Rae Stonehouse DTM and other Kelowna Flying Solo Toastmaster members. 

‘Easy’ is a relative term. What I consider to be easy may be considered impossible to another.

The first word that popped into my mind when I read the words ‘academic areas’ was ‘boring!’

The short answer is “no!”

I believe personal information should be shared in a presentation, within limits.

No, it doesn’t. It is one of those stupid urban legends that have been passed on through the years by well-meaning public speaking instructors.

The initial factors for me depend on whether I have been asked to deliver a speech to a group or whether it is one that I have initiated.

There are many different ways to ensure and determine your success as a Toastmasters Club President.

Probably first and foremost, is reading the Club officer roles & responsibilities manual to have a thorough understanding of your responsibilities as well as those club officers that you in turn lead.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018 20:42

How will Toastmasters be helpful in learning?

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Be the ExpertThe Toastmasters program is a learning program. It is a self-paced, self-directed program.

You learn by self-study i.e. by participating in the communication & leadership program. You learn by researching topics for your presentations.

You also learn about many subjects from listening to other members sharing their experiences, research and presentations.

Dont Let Your VoiceI would start off by challenging your assertion that people don’t deliver really long speeches anymore. We certainly still see it with church leaders and long-winded politicians.

I would suggest changing the words ‘long prepared speeches’ to ‘presentations’.

Longer presentations are very common in the business world.

A presentation incorporates speaking skills, listening skills, facilitating, educating and many more. As where long speeches tend to be a one-way data dump.

It is becoming a well-documented fact that verbal communication skills are deteriorating in our younger generations. Social media may be providing more interconnectedness but it is not providing a similar increase in the quality of communication. A 144 character message does not leave a lot of room for quality communication.

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