Another Club Officer Training recorded today in Mukilteo, Washington. Sarah Eisenhauer, Advanced Communicator Bronze, and organizer of the training event, opened the event by welcoming everyone. The keynote speaker was Omar Rivas, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), who shared what he learned from competing at the Toastmasters International Competition, “Be Fearless, Be Radical”, when telling your story on the world stage. You need to connect with the audience and they have to feel your emotion when delivering your speech.
Michelle Wilkinson, (DTM) led the panel on the Pathways Program, which replaced the previous Toastmasters Program. Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization which has focused on leadership and public speaking since 1924. Learn more about Toastmasters International from this link. The three panelists shared their experiences using the new Pathways program; which encourages you to think about your leadership style and offers guidelines on planning your speech projects. A speech project can be a play or musical. Creativity is encouraged, be your authentic self.
The last speaker Eden Maloney (DTM), addressed Contest Rules for Judges. Contests provide Toastmasters the opportunity for competitive speaking and provides educational programs for members. Contestants expect fairness from the judges. Eden offered examples on how to evaluate contestants using the current ballot format and how to work with your personal biases when acting as a contest judge.
Next, we broke into seven groups for the Club Officer roles. I was the trainer for the Vice President Public Relations (VPPR) position. I created a handout for the VPPRs and I lead the discussion. I started with the Toastmaster brand and why branding is important. Everyone at the table was an active participant and commented they enjoyed the session. I always learn something new and have a fun time at these events. I attached the handout.
Julie St.George, Advanced Communicator Gold, Competent Leader Toastmaster and VPPR for Totem 41 Toastmasters.