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Exciting news………

Clean sweep for The Newmarket Toastmasters
at Area 14 Contest!

Toastmaster member Tania Ferus placed First in the Area 14 International Speech Contest and will be representing the Club at the next Level, Division M Contest on Saturday April 9/16.

Tania’s speech titled “Take that Step” was all about her adventure as a Junior Ranger, and how taking one step out of her comfort zone changed the course of her life.

We all enjoyed watching Tania present her speech. Tania’s speech was humorous, engaged the audience, and inspired us to take the next step out of our comfort zones. Tania – Congratulations on reaching your next goal!

Tammy Hall placed First in the Area 14 Speech Evaluation Contest and will be representing the Club at the next Level, Division M Contest on Saturday April 9/16.

Tammy evaluated the Test speaker’s speech, and provided positive feedback and comments. Congratulations Tammy!

It is very exciting to see our Toastmaster’s Club members accomplish their goals!


New Year’s Resolutions

It’s the time of year to set goals!

Whether for our own personal fulfillment or a work/professional goal, The Newmarket Toastmasters offers a Communication course that rivals courses at any College. The annual fee for The Newmarket Toastmasters is only $125.00 US the first year, and $100.00 US each year thereafter. Compare that to the cost of a College course! Less expensive does not mean less knowledge!

Toastmasters can help you accomplish a goal for your Personal development Process for 2016.

For example- If one of your objectives is to Learn Continuously and / or Communicates Effectively – Participating in the weekly Toastmasters meeting, you would have the opportunity to improve on skills like, organization of meetings, written and oral communication and impromptu speaking. Completing your Toastmasters manual shows your progress through the program.

All this, while having fun in a supportive environment.

“Toastmasters at Work” is a unique and proven program for developing your communication and leadership skills. It provides a positive and supportive atmosphere where you have the opportunity to find your voice while getting constructive feedback from other members as you practice organizing your thoughts and presenting them clearly.

As a member of The Newmarket Toastmasters I am very pleased that “Toastmasters at Work” was included in the 2016 Learning and Development Calendar.

The Newmarket Toastmasters would like to invite you to attend a meeting. Meetings are held every Thursday at 12:00 pm, @ 395 Mulock Dr. – Cane A/B rooms

Do you suffer from Glossophobia-Fear of Public Speaking?

When thinking about Public Speaking, do these symptoms describe you?

  • Freeze in front of audience
  • Mouth so dry, you think you have walked endless miles in the desert
  • Knees shaking
  • Sweating profusely
  • Heart racing
  • Intense anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Avoiding speaking opportunities

The Newmarket Toastmasters can help you overcome your fear of public speaking. The Club provides many opportunities to practice your speaking skills, including Speech projects, Leadership projects, impromptu speaking and practice, practice, practice.

I invite you to participate in Toastmasters and experience the exciting opportunities available to you- to grow, learn and recreate yourself! Toastmasters’ is where individuals are empowered to become more effective communicators and leaders. It is the place to conquer your fears, expand your boundaries, and overcome the challenges you face in your life.

Guests are welcome at every meeting. Meetings are held every Thursday at 12 pm in Cane A/B, at the Municipal Offices (395 Mulock).

Check out The Newmarket Toastmasters website –

• Teena, CL
TNT Member since 2012

Myths on ‘Why I Can’t Join Toastmasters’

Myths on ‘Why I Can’t Join Toastmasters’

• From the Toastmasters at the University of Arizona

Many people put off professional development for various reasons. Below are just some of the typical rationales used to avoid joining Toastmasters. Do you see yourself among them? If so, we ask you to reconsider. You may be surprised to find that Toastmasters is not what you thought it was!

Myth 1: I don’t need Toastmasters because I have been giving presentations for years.

Reality 1: You are probably using the same techniques you started with years ago. For experienced speakers, Toastmasters is a way to enhance or improve your presentation style. You will get honest feedback about your approach and good suggestions for alternative techniques.

Myth 2: I don’t need Toastmasters because I don’t give speeches.

Reality 2: What about when your boss asks for a status report on your project? What about when you talk to someone on the phone to ask a question or give information? What about when you present an idea at a staff meeting? When you begin to consider your business and personal conversations as ‘presentations’, your focus will shift to present conversations in a more meaningful and professional way. Toastmasters will help you develop that professional edge.

Myth 3: I’m not smart enough. I’ll be embarrassed. I can’t think of anything to talk about.

Reality 3: Everyone is smart enough. Everyone has something that interests them which they want to share. You won’t be any more embarrassed than you are about other things you discuss among friends. What do you enjoy doing for a hobby? Have you ever met anyone famous? Describe your job. Do you have any interesting characters on the family tree? Where did you go on your last vacation? You have a lot to say!

Myth 4: I’m a non-exempt employee. I’m only part-time. I’m a student.

Reality 4: Membership in Toastmasters is generally open to all. There are some clubs which are closed because they are sponsored by a company or organization and therefore have specific eligibility criteria. The atmosphere at Toastmasters is very casual, supportive, and friendly. We like coming together for meetings and seeing each other.

Myth 5: Other Toastmasters members are already good speakers. I’d be nervous.

Reality 5: While there are good speakers in every club, everyone starts at the same place. Even the most experienced speakers are nervous. Toastmasters won’t be able to eliminate that. What we can do, however, is help you discover a way to use that nervousness to your advantage. Many of the senior members continue to attend and give presentations because even though they have improved their speaking skills, there is always something new to learn from each other.

Myth 6: You have to attend every meeting every week.

Reality 6: You can attend as many meetings as you want however; there are minimum requirements needed to achieve certification and maintain good standing within a club. As a courtesy to other members and to get the full benefit from the organization, you should participate in meetings regularly either as a speaker or in one of the other rotational function roles. Just being there as an audience for the other speakers is vital to everyone’s success!

Myth 7: Each speech is criticized.

Reality 7: Toastmasters is adamantly against criticism. Our keyword is ‘evaluation’ and we concentrate on helping each person understand what they are doing RIGHT and suggest alternatives for improvement on future presentations. This is a method to help you build your speaking toolkit. The more tools you are experienced with the more options you have in various communication situations.

Myth 8: Toastmasters is very time consuming.

Reality 8: The amount of time you give to Toastmasters depends on you and your needs. Giving presentations does require preparation, but you can use topics associated with work or home so content preparation is minimal. You can also space your presentations to meet your schedule. Other program functions such as evaluator and timer require no preparation. Table Topics and Toastmaster require some very limited preparation or none at all that is if you can think fast on your feet!

Myth 9: I want to, but I don’t have the time.

Reality 9: If you want to and need to, you can find the time. All members are busy with limited time but most find the time commitment for Toastmasters as a positive way to invest in themselves. Finding time is a matter of need and commitment.

Come and see what Toastmasters is all about!

Stepping out of your Comfort Zone

Fear not the podium

Thanks to all who joined us for the The Newmarket Toastmasters Open House

Here is the poem that Teena presented, keep TNT in mind when you want to step out of your comfort zone!


I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I couldn’t fail,
the same four walls and busy work were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
but I stayed inside my comfort zone
and paced the same old floor.

I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
but deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath and stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and
closed and locked the door.

If you’re stuck in your comfort zone afraid to venture out,
remember that all winners were once with similar doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can
make your dreams come true.

Greet your future with a smile.
Toastmasters is there for you!

 – author unknown