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					                                                                                                           Issue 1       June/July       2010

                                   golden gavel
                                   Club No. 698843

                                                                                 gazette       OUR MISSION

Joel Emuan’s Commitment: “It’s All About You!”                                                 “The mission of a Toastmasters club is to
                                                                                               provide a mutually supportive and positive

New Club President Focuses                                                                     learning environment in which every
                                                                                               individual member has the opportunity to
                                                                                               develop oral communication and leadership
On Mentoring and Fellowship                                                                    skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and
                                                                                               personal growth.”
for 2010-11 Term
  There was a lot of excitement at the      munication or leadership path. Our club
joint executive meeting held in early       has done a great job already with
June, 2010, when our incoming VP            regards to mentorship but this year we
Public Relations Sean Moon indicated        desire to take it to a whole new level
that Golden Gavel’s rejuvenated             where your mentors will also become
newsletter, The Golden Gavel Gazette,       your buddies.
was in the works.                             That’s how fellowship comes into
  The idea of a newsletter is not new to    play. We envision a club where every
our club; but I guess this was one of       member feels welcomed, cared for and
those great initiatives that withered       valued; where warmth and friendship
because it was not watered. Now you         blossom. We love to attract new mem-
can imagine the sense of anticipation       bers but we also want to work on
that pervaded the room when Sean, an        retaining our veteran membership and
experienced speaker, writer and editor,     see that their needs are catered to.
announced one of his main goals for the     Striving to ensure that assistance is
new Executive term.                         provided in helping achieve the goals
  It is our hope that we will use this      for which they joined Toastmasters in
medium in conjunction with the club’s       the first instance. I am fully persuaded
website to reach out to our members         that with your support we will achieve
and share with you the VISION of the        these objectives.
new Executive team, our goals, progress       Fellow Golden Gavellers, this year
reports and other fun and exciting things   you have elected a team of passionate,
happening within and outside our club.      charismatic, enthusiastic and fun-loving
  Our theme for the new toastmaster         Toastmasters to lead your club - what                    T.E.A.M.
year is “Mentoring and Fellowship.” As      more can I say. Come on! Fasten your
Toastmasters, we all know what role         seat belts and together let’s enjoy the             TOGETHER EVERYONE
mentors have played in helping us           ride!
get off the ground – be it in our com-                                                            ACHIEVES MORE!

                                            MENTORING FOR
                                            PERSONAL GROWTH
                                            Are you ready to help new members to learn and grow? If so, Golden Gavel needs you!
                                            If you are an accomplished Toastmaster and are ready to share your knowledge and
                                            experience with new members, please contact VP Education Al Steele, VP Membership
                                            Merav Richter or VP PR Sean Moon about becoming a club mentor today!
  How To Find Your Confidence                                                                                TABLE TOPICS
  for Public Speaking
  Feeling some nervousness before giving a speech is natural and even beneficial, but                                 DON’T PANIC:
                                                                                                             If you can, just stop caring about
  too much nervousness can be detrimental. Here are some proven tips on how to                                    table topics. Remember,
  control your butterflies and give better presentations:                                                       everyone in the audience has
                                                                                                                 been in your position, has
       1)   Know your material. Pick a topic you are       6)   Visualize yourself giving your speech.        probably dried up at some point
            interested in. Know more about it than you          Imagine yourself speaking, your voice        and is willing you to do well, so
            include in your speech. Use humor,                  loud, clear and confident. Visualize the       you don’t need to worry about
            personal stories and conversational                 audience clapping – it will boost your                 their reaction.
            language – that way you won’t easily                confidence.
            forget what to say.                                                                                  EXPRESS AN OPINION,
                                                           7)   Realize that people want you to succeed.        RIGHT AT THE START:
       2)   Practice. Practice. Practice! Rehearse out          Audiences want you to be interesting,                Try not to give a long
            loud with all equipment you plan on using.          stimulating, informative and entertaining.   introduction. Instead, answer the
            Revise as necessary. Work to control filler         They’re rooting for you.                      question or express an opinion,
            words; Practice, pause and breathe.                                                               and do so right at the start. This
            Practice with a timer and allow time for       8)   Don’t apologize for any nervousness or
                                                                problem – the audience probably never        is easier for closed questions (eg
            the unexpected.                                                                                       “What was your favourite
                                                                noticed it.
       3)   Know the audience. Greet some of the                                                             holiday?”), but you can also do it
            audience members as they arrive. It’s          9)   Concentrate on the message – not the            for open questions (eg “Talk
            easier to speak to a group of friends than          medium. Focus your attention away from       about holidays”), so long as you
            to strangers.                                       your own anxieties and concentrate on        can seize your little idea and turn
                                                                your message and your audience.                  it into something concrete.
       4)   Know the room. Arrive early, walk
            around the speaking area and practice          10) Gain experience. Mainly, your speech
                                                                                                                    REMEMBER THE
            using the microphone and any visual aids.          should represent you — as an authority
                                                                                                                    RULE OF THREE:
                                                               and as a person. Experience builds
                                                                                                             You can put some structure onto
       5)   Relax. Begin by addressing the audience.           confidence, which is the key to effective
                                                                                                             your speech by breaking it down
            It buys you time and calms your nerves.            speaking. A Toastmasters club can
                                                                                                             into three main points that justify
            Pause, smile and count to three before             provide the experience you need in a safe
                                                                                                             your opinion or reinforce it. (For
            saying anything. ("One one-thousand, two           and friendly environment.
                                                                                                              example, “My best holiday ever
            one-thousand, three one-thousand. Pause.
                                                          (Article courtesy of            was in Tibet, and there were
            Begin.) Transform nervous energy into
                                                                                                              three reasons why.”) You don’t
                                                                                                               need them all before you start:
                                                                                                             instead, you can think of the first
                                                                                                                 point while answering the
THIRD ANNUAL GOLDEN GAVEL                                                                                        question, then think of the
                                                                                                             second point while talking about
GOLF TOURNAMENT AND JOKEFEST                                                                                       the first, and so on. It’s
                                                                                                              surprising how often this works.

    SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2010                                                                                         BE ECCENTRIC:
                                                                                                               The best topics are often those

   Tee offs starting at 10:00 am
                                                                                                                 where the speaker avoids a
                                                                                                              serious or conventional answer,
                                                                                                                 and instead tries something
                                                                                                                unusual or entertaining. For
$45. includes golf & lunch                                                                                     example, you can deliver your
                                                                                                             speech in character, or deliver an
$18. for lunch only (must pre-register)                                                                           unexpected or contrarian
                                                                                                             argument. By doing this, you can
Email Louisa Steele ASAP at                                                             grab the audience’s attention,
                                                                                                               and can free yourself from the
Specify your level of experience: Novice, Intermediate,                                                         constraints of a conventional
Other                                                                                                                     approach.

Do you need clubs?                                                                                           Keep doing table topics. Finally,
Some will be available for novices.                                                                           keep practising. The more you
                                                                                                               do it, the less nervous you’ll
                                                                                                             become, the easier you’ll find it,
Register NOW for a great time !!                                                                               and the more you’ll enjoy it.

                                                                                                                    (Chris Cox, 2005).
                       MAPLES OF BALLANTRAE GOLF CLUB
            On Highway 48 (Markham Rd) just above Bloomington Rd enter & go left

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