Deanna is a Charter member of The Newmarket Toastmasters
How long have you been a member of the Club?
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.
Deanna receiving her Competent Communicator award with the Executive Committee.
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