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2015 06 10 03.18.36When I deliver a speech, I feel as though I am an actress on the stage of my life and I am sharing my vulnerability with my audience. I thus propose that we liken a speech to a play in which we are the actors. In order to succeed, every play needs its actors to deliver on certain criteria in order to hold the audience captive for the full duration of the play. We know that every speech must have an – opening, middle and conclusion. However, I would like to suggest criteria that could help your speech captivate your audience like a sold-out Broadway production.

1. A lightbulb moment

2. Developing the story

3. Involving the audience

4. Being honest

5. Concluding on a strong note

Involvement – are you passionate about what you are speaking about? Can you bring your audience into your speech? Can you make them inspired or involved?

Commitment – are you exposing yourself in your speech? Are you the pig (totally committed) or the chicken (just laying the egg) in this?

Delivering a speech is something important to you and your growth as well as your contribution to your club/audience.

When I start to make a speech, I have to think. Strangely, I do not write my speeches, they develop in my mind. They play like songs and music until they birth fully fledged. Then they soar out of me.

This is not the ideal. Many people write and rework their speeches over and over until they are certain of them. This is preferable, because then you have a record and can repeat that speech again and again.

As I recognise this as a weakness in myself, I have now started to record my speeches, so that I can capture them and write them down. This I am doing at “dress rehearsal” stage, the night before I actually present. Here I rigorously check my timing as well and check on vocal variety as well as body language.

This is where Toastmasters is teaching me to be more rigorous in my own presentations and improving my results. It is the move from being a singer who has learnt her notes and words, into being a speaker who is mastering her ability to present her own thoughts concisely and precisely.

It is a discipline well worth mastering. The value it delivers is immense.

So what are my five things in my speeches?

1. A lightbulb moment

2. Developing the story

3. Involving the audience

4. Being honest

5. Concluding on a strong note

Witten by Judith Taylor

pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:00:37 +0000
A Tribute to Toastmasters http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/306-a-tribute-to-toastmasters http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/306-a-tribute-to-toastmasters

Recently, I participated in an international Symposium on “The Nuclearisation of Africa” and I did a presentation. It was a highly learned audience – consisting of scientists, lawyers and activists. All right, it was not a TM International conference with thousands. There were cameras there and over 100 people in the audience. My first time in front of cameras at a major conference, in fact, the first time I was aware of being recorded. Somehow, this did not concern me.

I did my presentation, drawing on what I had heard during the previous two days, as well as my prepared material.

Afterwards, I was blown away by the feedback.

Then I took a step back to see what my being in Toastmasters had contributed to my success. These are my main realisations:

1. I have learnt to listen and absorb information

2. I have honed excellent presentation skills, including how to use effective slides

3. I realised that I am speaking to an English and French speaking audience, with translators assisting the latter in
understanding me, and I paced my speech to assist the translators

4. I used body language

5. I engaged amazing vocal variety

All of this comes from my past three and a half years of working the Toastmasters’ programmes. Oh, I missed out that I was also working behind the scenes to make sure everything flowed smoothly. This was pure TM leadership, drawn from working through the Competent Leader manual.

2015 10 East London 020


pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Wed, 02 Dec 2015 10:26:23 +0000
D74 International Speech Contestant - Louis Nigrini http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/305-d74-international-speech-contestant-louis-nigrini http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/305-d74-international-speech-contestant-louis-nigrini

Louis Nigrini is Production Manager for a Video Production Company focusing on Tourist Destinations within SA. He is a Toastmaster and a budding Professional Speaker who would like to tell the world about our country!



pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Tue, 24 Nov 2015 12:54:28 +0000
District 74 Evaluation Contest Introduction and Demontration Speaker Khetha Cele http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/304-district-74-evaluation-contest-introduction-and-demontration-speaker-khetha-cele http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/304-district-74-evaluation-contest-introduction-and-demontration-speaker-khetha-cele

In Toastmasters, feedback is called evaluation, and it is the heart of the Toastmasters educational program. The purpose of an evaluation is to support, help and encourage speakers to improve, develop and grow their speaking ability. The Demonstration Speaker for the 2015 Evaluation Contest was Khetha Cele. Enjoy. 

pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Tue, 17 Nov 2015 13:53:51 +0000
Verity Price 2015 District 74 Evaluation Champion http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/303-verity-price-2015-district-74-evaluation-champion http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/303-verity-price-2015-district-74-evaluation-champion

How the Toastmaster Program increases self-awareness and positive mentoring:
Teams work effectively through working together and understanding the goals they are going to develop. If you can listen effectively and then provide clear thought through discussion, do you think that would help to produce effective teams?

One of the ways Toastmasters develop this is through a program called evaluation. It develops 3 key skills. Listening, thinking and then speaking. Perhaps you might agree with me that those 3 skills, in that order, are much more effective than speaking first, listening to yourself and then thinking “Oh that was not a very smart thing to say.”

NOTE: To see the speech that Verity Price evaluated, watch the speech "District 74 Evaluation Contest Introduction and Demontrations Speaker Khetha Cele" 




pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:36:13 +0000
2015 D74 International Prepared Speech Champion - Zoya Mabuto http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/302-2015-d74-international-prepared-speech-champion-zoya-mabuto http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/302-2015-d74-international-prepared-speech-champion-zoya-mabuto

Zoya Mabuto 2015 winning speech for the D74 International Prepared Speech Champion. Zoya said “There was NO way that I could have accomplished this without the support of the Toastmasters community. I am a member of the Westrand Toastmasters Club and it was where it all began. After the club contest, I took my speech around to different clubs in and around Johannesburg and asked for open evaluations (where all members give feedback). I would then go back, make changes and then return to the clubs. The reception and encouragement really helped to boost my confidence. It was the ongoing support that contributed to my ultimate success. My mentor, Mary Byrne, who is a Toastmaster, together with many other supporters along the way, made this an incredibly special and worthwhile journey.”



pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Tue, 17 Nov 2015 00:23:24 +0000
SA Growth rewarded by international organisation http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/301-sa-growth-rewarded-by-international-organisation http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/301-sa-growth-rewarded-by-international-organisation

Rob Douglas Presidential Citation 1Rob Douglas, a retired engineer from Johannesburg, has received a Presidential Citation from the International President of Toastmasters International for his role in the growth of the organization in southern Africa.

Rob, who served as District Director in 2010/11 kickstarted a five year growth spurt in the non-profit after 10 years of stagnation.

Business schools are recognizing people who achieve in the non-profit sector as the “triple athletes” of business. To really succeed in the corporate world in the 21st Century, experts say leaders need to have experience in Government, Non-Profit and Business.

Rob, who has achieved Toastmasters’ highest award, the Distinguished Toastmaster, ended his successful career at a French oil company in senior management – a feat he attributes to Toastmasters.

“I only discovered Toastmasters at the age of 40,” he said. “Imagine I had discovered it at the age of 20!”

Rob ran Toastmasters International in Southern Africa, overseeing an organization of 2,500 people in 9 countries, and grew the organization by a modest – but significant 3,1%, outstripping GDP growth in South Africa.

In the prior 10 years the organization had only once broken out of the 3% band.]]> pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Fri, 30 Oct 2015 19:27:59 +0000 “Don’t Tell Me I Can’t” http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/300-don-t-tell-me-i-can-t http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/300-don-t-tell-me-i-can-t

Lois as she receives her Tr

Lois Strachan is no ordinary lady – fierce in her determination to ‘do the things you tell her she cannot do’ – it is no wonder that she has been able to achieve so many of the prestigious accolades that she has to her name. Cape-Town based Lois, is a past District 74 Governor, an ambassador for Casual Day - in line with her passion and commitment to raising awareness of the capabilities of persons living with disabilities, author of the children’s book series “The Adventures of Missy Mouse,” a professional speaker and storyteller and more notably, the recipient of the Tributes Excellence Awards in the Literature and Education category. These national awards are organised by Valhala Arts and involve identifying, profiling and celebrating high-profile women with disabilities who have left lasting legacies in various fields of society.

Even with all of these accolades, Lois remains humble and committed to making a difference in the lives of others – and she has achieved all this and more without her sight.

]]> pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Mon, 26 Oct 2015 17:36:20 +0000 My first year as a Toastmaster http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/299-my-first-year-as-a-toastmaster http://www.toastmasters74.org/news/toastmasters-tales/299-my-first-year-as-a-toastmaster

Since joining CIS Toastmasters in March 2014, Linda van Deventer has gotten a lot more than she bargained for. Initially motivated by a desire to gain confidence and speak to people about her network marketing business, Linda was quick to learn that speaking was just one of the skills she could add to her warrior armour.

At first a bit daunted by the requirement to write her own speeches, she found that after the encouragement and other warm responses to the delivery of her ice-breaker, she was well on her way to Toastmaster stardom. With the first flush of confidence under her belt, she grew a huge appetite for goal setting with equal aptitude for going after them.

 MG 5799 MG 5739In just one year she completed a triple crown with the help of Margy Sneeden, who Linda says, “made it so easy”. A triple crown is the achievement of Competent Communicator, Competent Leader, and Advanced Leader Bronze in the space of one toastmaster year. She was recognised as a club emissary in the same year and remarked “by visiting other clubs one can gain experience from fellow Toastmasters”

Continuing to attract accolades, Linda was recognised with the Bright Spark Award on 16 May 2015. What made it more thrilling was the double celebration – during the award ceremony presented at the MayCon, Linda was home celebrating her son's 4th birthday. Linda says receiving this recognition was a huge surprise “It’s better than a pay cheque.” The Bright Spark Award recognises an individual who has made a significant contribution to District 74 that results in a wow experience.

pro@toastmasters74.org (PRO) Toastmasters Tales Wed, 30 Sep 2015 18:49:08 +0000