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Congratulations Teena!

On achieving your Competent Communicator award!

The Competent Communications Manual provides a series of 10 speech projects to work on through your Toastmasters journey. The projects are designed to develop your speaking skills one step at a time. Every project builds upon what you’ve learned in the preceding project.

The Competent Leadership Manual provides 10 projects focusing on different leadership skills.

“It is not the size of the words that count,
but the clearness with
which they represent your thoughts.
~ Ralph C. Smedley, founder of Toastmasters International.

Manuals are completed at your own pace.

Congratulations Teena!

Congrats to Deanna!

The Competent Communications Manual provides a series of 10 speech projects to work on through your Toastmasters journey. The projects are designed to develop your speaking skills one step at a time. Every project builds upon what you’ve learned in the preceding project.

The Competent Leadership Manual provides 10 projects focusing on different leadership skills.

“But just what do we mean by ‘leadership?’ It would appear to be the capacity to look ahead, think ahead, plan ahead, and then influence other people to go ahead on the plan.”- Ralph C. Smedley, founder of Toastmasters International.

Manuals are completed at your own pace.

Congratulations to Deanna.

What are you doing on Thursdays at lunch?

Are you a current, past, or retired municipal or regional government employee from
• Town of Newmarket
• a ‘N6’ municipality
• York Region
• YRPS (formerly EMS)?

Interested in developing your communication and leadership skills? Then TNT is the place to be!

Whether you are a current employee for a local municipality/York Region or a front line emergency services worker, worked as a camp counselor for one of Newmarket’s summer camps as a student in the past, or are a retired staffer for YRP – The Newmarket Toastmasters are here for you!

The Newmarket Toastmasters (TNT) will help improve your communication skills and open doors in your personal and professional life. Instead of labouring in a classroom or spending money on costly seminars, you’ll learn and develop communication and leadership skills through a peer-led, self-paced program within a friendly, supportive environment with people who are there for the same reasons you are – to become better communicators and leaders.

TNT meets for one hour every Thursday at 12:00 Noon at the Newmarket Municipal Offices (395 Mulock Dr) Usually in the Cane Meeting Room. Attendance is at the individual’s discretion as, due to work and other lunch-time commitments, it is not always possible to attend every meeting.

Bring a lunch and be a guest at our next meeting, we would love to see you!

For more information, please click on the “Contact Us” link in the main menu of our website.

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

Training Opportunity-Effective Evaluation Workshop- Sep 17/15


Save the Date!

Thursday, Sep 17, 2015

12 pm to 1pm @395 Mulock- Cane A/B

All are invited to attend The Newmarket Toastmasters Effective Evaluation workshop.

Have you ever helped your child with a school assignment?

Been asked by a co-worker for advice on a project?

Do you evaluate Staff on their performance? Or provide advice and feedback to co-workers?

This workshop will provide motivational and encouraging techniques to evaluate speeches, performances and provide feedback that promotes improvement.


The Newmarket Toastmasters- Have you listened to yourself speak?

No matter what your position is in the company, annoying little filler words creep into our speech.

The Newmarket Toastmasters club can help you eliminate these distracting words and habits from your speech.

Guests are welcome at all of our meetings, come and join us on Thursdays in Cane A/B at 12 pm, to see what Toastmasters is all about.


Like, Eliminate Ums and Ahs, Right?

By Lisa B. Marshall, Author of Smart Talk and host of The Public Speaker podcast on Quick and Dirty Tips
August 22, 2014

“Recently I attended a training course in New York City and at the start of the course each of us introduced ourselves. The senior executive sitting next to me said, and I quote, “I, like, work for a big bank, like, Citibank. I work, um, in technology, and head-up a group of like, 500 people, right. I do, like, technology risk assessment, right, and create, um, processes, to, like, reduce risk, right.”

I was shocked.”

– Read Lisa B. Marshall‘s  full article at:  http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/business-career/public-speaking/like-eliminate-ums-and-ahs-right

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!