Issue 1 June/July 2010
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
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!
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
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
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 www.toastmasters.org) 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 email@example.com grab the audience’s attention,
and can free yourself from the
Specify your level of experience: Novice, Intermediate, constraints of a conventional
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).
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