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The Newmarket Toastmasters Member Profile – Kimiko

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How long have you been a member of the Club?
Four years.

What attracted you to joining The Newmarket Toastmasters?
Learning how to communicate better was my attraction to Toastmasters.

Do you find that attending and participating in the meetings benefits you in your profession? How?
The benefits to Toastmasters is feeling more comfortable with public speaking and speaking well. Attending and participating in the meetings really helps with this objective.

Would you encourage others to join Toastmasters and why?
Yes, I would encourage others to join. Toastmasters helps people learn to listen and speak well. It’s not only for people who do a lot of presentations or public speaking but it helps with everyday communication with family, friends and co-workers. Communication is very important in learning to work and live with others.

What was your favourite meeting to date?
My favourite meetings are when we have a full room and everyone has a chance to speak. It’s a great way to learn about our members.

If you could tell me one thing about TNT that you love, what would it be?
TNT is a group that is welcoming, friendly and a lot of fun. I really enjoy Table Topics® because it’s the best way to practice impromptu speaking.

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What is your favourite role in the weekly meetings and why?
Being the Toastmaster and Table Topics® Master is interesting for different reasons. Being the Toastmaster help you lead a meeting, keep everything on time and provide comments. The Table Topics® Master lets you be creative in designing the Table Topics® for the meeting.

Any other comments?
People should attend a meeting at lease once so that they can get an idea about Toastmasters is all about!

 

The Newmarket Toastmasters meets for one hour every Thursday 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. at the Newmarket Municipal Offices, 395 Mulock Drive. Bring a lunch and be a guest at our next meeting, we would love to see you!

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The Newmarket Toastmasters Member Profile – Deanna

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Deanna is a Charter member of The Newmarket Toastmasters

How long have you been a member of the Club?
4 years

What attracted you to joining The Newmarket Toastmasters?
The weekly lunchtime meetings provided an interactive learning experience, meeting new people and having fun! The supportive feedback, support and recognition from club members as you progress through Toastmasters’ program is also a benefit.

Do you find that attending and participating in the meetings
benefits you in your profession? How?

Yes, I believe that the meetings have enabled me to develop self-confidence and personal growth. Toastmasters has given me the confidence to pursue additional professional development opportunities. In the past four years I have completed my Adult Education and Staff training certificate, taught Special Event Management at Humber College and lead Junior Achievement school programs.

Why would you encourage others to join Toastmasters?
I like the fact that I can work on achieving goals at my own pace. This year I received my Competent Communication and Competent Leadership certificates. I am looking forward to working on my next level of speeches. I feel that this informal opportunity is a fun way to learn and grow as an individual and as part of a group.

What was your favorite meeting to date?
I love the theme days and celebrations including Octoberfest, Mystery Murder, Tropical Day, and Carnival, Holiday themes as well as the open houses and contests.

What is your favourite joke or quote you have heard at TNT?
“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends’ will leave footprints in your heart” Eleanor Roosevelt

If you could tell me one thing about TNT that you love
what would it be?

I love Table Topics. It allows everyone to be creative with and think quickly about their response. We have had a lot of fun with the weekly interactive activities.

What is your favourite role in the weekly meetings and why?
Toastmasters’ helps improve your ability to listen, speak and think more clearly. I like the Grammarian Role. You learn to avoid saying filler words including “um, ah, like and so” and instead pause in between words. I now find myself counting the number of filler words that other people use when they are speaking.

Do you have any other comments?
I have been amazed to see the transformation of many of our members who are now more comfortable and confident speaking in meetings. Several members have even gone onto regional speech competitions and have impressed audiences. I encourage others to attend a meeting to observe and learn about this opportunity that is available for all Town of Newmarket and municipal staff within York Region.

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Deanna receiving her Competent Communicator award with the Executive Committee.

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Our Website address is:
http://thenewmarkettoastmasters.toastmastersclubs.org

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