The Truth about Toastmasters

Talking up Toastmasters

“Toastmasters… that’s for people who are terrible at public speaking, right?”

My name is Kevin and that’s what I used to think before I became a member.
I was wrong.

The truth is, Toastmasters is for anyone who wants to improve their communication skills. It’s for people who want to get their point across during a one-on-one meeting. It’s for people who want to propose bold and forward-thinking recommendations to Committee of the Whole. Communicating is a skill that needs continuous and deliberate practice to master.

How could Toastmasters be useful to you? Let’s go through a few scenarios.

Are you ever called upon in a meeting unexpectedly to comment something? And when that happens, did you ever fumble with your words trying to pull a coherent sentence together? I know I have.

At Toastmasters, we call upon people to talk for a minute or so on various topics to practice speaking off the cuff.

 

Are you ever asked to make a presentation to convince others that your idea is worth pursuing? And when this happens, did you ever realize at the end of the presentation nearly everyone completely missed the point? I know I have.

At Toastmasters, we offer people opportunities to present speeches on the topics they care about. This is a great way to learn how your communication style resonates with others and how to improve.


Are you ever asked to comment on someone else’s idea that they just presented? And when this happens, did you ever awkwardly hesitate trying to figure out whether to give a supportive comment or an honest comment? I know I have.

At Toastmasters, we teach people to give effective feedback. It’s an opportunity to learn how reinforce what others do right and to help them improve.


We all have those times where we do not present the best version of ourselves. With practice, these times happen less and less. Also with practice, times where we shine through happen more and more.

Are you ever asked to present the end result of a project that you and your project team have worked on for a long time? And when that happens, did you ever impress the audience with your insights and delivery? Did you ever perfectly time your content related jokes to get genuine laughter? Did you ever get many congratulatory comments and emails on your presentation skills after presenting to your organization’s Operational Leadership Team (OLT)? I know I have.

As I said before, communicating is a skill that needs continuous and deliberate practice to master. Through Toastmasters, I have learned so much about effective communication. The group offers a learning environment where you can develop at your own pace. The members are supportive and happy help.

Come for a visit and see for yourself. Every Thursday, 12-1pm at the Municipal Offices.

• Kevin Y.
Financial Business Analyst, Financial Services

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Check out Pathways, our new learning experience!
 
Our four guiding principles are experiential learning, self-paced learning, peer evaluation and mentoring.
 
Toastmasters International Values:
Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
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2017 Annual Holiday Potluck Meeting

Ho Ho Ho!

Please join us for

The Newmarket Toastmasters’

Annual Holiday Potluck Meeting!

Thursday, December 14, 2017
12 – 1 p.m.
Cane Meeting Room

Newmarket Municipal Offices
395 Mulock Drive, Newmarket, ON

RSVP & bring your favourite dish
tferus (at) newmarket (dot) ca

 

Wow – 1st Place Finish!

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Congratulations to Deanna Smith who placed FIRST in the Area 17 Table Topics Contest held on Tuesday evening.

 

Humorous Speech and Table Topics Club Contest Results

Table Topics :
1st Place: Deanna S., The Newmarket Toastmasters
2nd Place: Maria J., Court of Blarney

Humorous Speech:
1st Place: Lindsay Y., Court of Blarney
2nd Place: Virginia S., Desjardins Aurora

Congratulations to all those who participated and thank you to all of the volunteers!

Deanna and Lindsay will be representing Area 17 at the Division Level on Saturday, October 28th. Come out and support at the next level! Pre-register for the Division M Fall contest here.

 

 
Clubs within Area 17: Desjardins Aurora, The Court of Blarney, and The Newmarket Toastmasters

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TNT Hosting Area 17 Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contest Tuesday Evening

Come out Tuesday October 10th and support
TNT Table Topics Superstars 
Deanna and Cindy
as they go head-to-head against the Best of Area 17
 
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Hear Humorous Speeches and Impromptu Table Topics from the best of our Area on Tuesday October 10, 2017
Council Chambers
Doors open 6:30 p.m.
Contest starts 7:00 p.m.
You can preregister on Eventbrite

 

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GOOD LUCK Deanna and Cindy!

Congratulations Deanna!

Congratulations
The Newmarket Toastmasters congratulates Deanna S. for taking 1st Place in TNT’s 2017 Table Topics Competition!
 
Congratulations also go out to our members who stepped up and flexed their improv muscles! The topic for this Competition – “Why do you like Fall?” 

Competition Results:

1st Place: Deanna S.
2nd Place: Cindy W.
3rd Place: Janet D.
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This is a photo of first place Table Topics winner, Deanna S. with competition chairperson Kevin Y.

First place Table Topics winner, Deanna S. with Competition Chair Kevin Y.

Deanna will now go on to represent The Newmarket Toastmasters at the Area 17 Table Topic Contest on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at the Newmarket Municipal Offices in Council Chambers at 7:00 p.m.
 
Come out and cheer on Deanna!
2017 Table Topics Contestants

2017 Table Topics Contestants. R-L: Janet D., Deanna S., Amanda R., Gloria B., Kevin Y. (Comp. Chair), Tammy H., Cindy W., Matteo B.

Our four guiding principles are experiential learning, self-paced learning, peer evaluation and mentoring.
 
Toastmasters International Values:
Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
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TNT Table Topic Competition this Thursday!

Join the members of The Newmarket Toastmasters in an exciting, amusing, and thrilling hour of quick thinking improv!

 🌟 Event: Table Topics Competition🌟
When: September 14, 2017
@ 12 pm- 1 pm
Where: 395 Mulock Dr. – Cane A/B

Table Topics is a long-standing Toastmasters tradition intended to help members develop their ability to organize their thoughts quickly and respond to an impromptu question or topic.

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Our four guiding principles are experiential learning, self-paced learning, peer evaluation and mentoring.
 
Toastmasters International Values:
Respect • Integrity • Service • Excellence
 

Psst! Have you heard the news?

Toastmasters International is introducing a new education program!

Watch the video; we’ll be talking more about this in upcoming meetings.
https://youtu.be/b-bNl5z-wY4

For more information, head over to the Toastmasters International website.
https://www.toastmasters.org/pathways-overview