Toastmasters Area F1 Foothills Division — District 26 Table Topics & International Speech Contests
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2013
Rifle Public Library,
207 East Ave., Rifle, CO 81650
- 12:30 pm: Set-up room
- 1:00 pm: Briefings for Contestants and Judges
- 1:30 pm: Contests Begins
The event is free and open to the public!
(Come visit and ask questions!)
Yvonne Bryant, F1 Area Governor
Area F1 – Foothills Division Clubs
Black Canyon Voices Toastmasters (Delta/Montrose)
Cloud 9 Toastmasters (Aspen/Basalt)
Eagle Valley Toastmasters (Avon)
Grand Junction Sayre’s Toastmasters (Grand Junction)
Summit Toastmasters (Frisco)
Talk of the Town Toastmasters (Grand Junction)
Wild Mustangs Toastmasters (Grand Junction)
Contact Yvonne or go to Toastmasters.org to learn more about starting a club in your area.
The mission of a Toastmaster Club is to provide a mutually
supportive and positive learning environment in which every
member has the opportunity to develop communication and
leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and
by Yvonne Bryant
Like many consultants and speakers, I have fellow speakers that I enjoy doing presentations and workshops with. This past year, we have started doing more community focused workshops and presentations that we have needed bios for either publicity purposes or per the requirements of the requesting organization.
Now each organization has their own requirements so remember to modify these tips as needed. (I just submitted a proposal for three of us presenting a workshop and had a limit of 200 words for us combined.)
SO what is a Speaker bio? Continue reading
Having just put together two Leadership Institutes, I have realized the importance of working with new speakers/presenters to develop
As clubs develop and the level of speaking skills improve, the need for a good introduction becomes more apparent. Within Toastmasters, you see the requirement of a member preparing an introduction more in the advanced manuals and the Speaker and Leadership Development series.
Up until those points, you typically see either the Toastmaster or the Speaker’s Evaluator doing the introduction and this is generally maybe a few comments on the speaker and reading the speech objectives from the manual. Continue reading
It is that time of the year again when we start looking to push ourselves to new summits in our speaking…
Summit Toastmasters will be hosting their club International Speech and Table Topics Contests to challenge it’s members, but to also select representatives to represent Summit County in the Area F1 Contests in April.
So when is the momentous event?
Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Time: 6:00 pm Contestant briefings
6:30 pm Contests begin!
Location: Frisco Town Hall, 1 Main Street
Come out to cheer on these members as they work their magic to inspire and motivate us to new greatness while learning new speaking skills!
Guests are welcome to come. Your presence helps prepare the members for the next round of contests.
Short Public Speaking Courses
Toastmasters Clubs facilitate short courses in public speaking for adults that run either 4, 6 or 8 weeks. These are known as Speechcraft Programs.
Below you can see information about Speechcraft, how it can benefit you and what to expect at a course.
What can Speechcraft do for you?
Speechcraft programs are short courses in public speaking that are offered by Toastmasters for people not wishing to make the full commitment to join a Club. In a Speechcraft program you will
- Improve your communication skills so that you are more confident to talk in front of people.
- Prepare a number of speeches in quick succession.
- Find that your improved presentation skills will win you the respect and admiration of your colleagues.
- Benefit because your participation in Speechcraft will increase your management potential.
How can Speechcraft meet your needs?
Speechcraft can help you because;
- Speechcraft is a program designed for beginners in public speaking.
- The hands-on program provides the “how-to” and the practical experience so critical to progress.
- The Speechcraft program is cost effective as volunteers who are training to be better communicators provide the course.
- An atmosphere of professional camaraderie makes each course a unique learning environment dedicated to personal improvement.
- The program can be tailored to meet your personal objectives.
How does the Program work?
The Speechcraft program exposes each participant to a wide range of communication experiences.
- Each participant receives a Toastmasters Speechcraft Handbook plus a range of other materials. These provide valuable reference material after the program is finished.
- The initial prepared speeches are designed with the novice speaker in mind. You need no experience.
- A variety of assigned short speeches help participants develop competency.
- During each meeting a short impromptu speaking session is conducted to help participants learn to think on their feet.
- After giving a prepared speech, each participant receives a constructive speech evaluation. This process recognises speakers for their strengths and provides valuable guidance on how future presentations may be improved.
- Upon completion of the basic course you may continue your training at a Toastmasters Club.
When and Where is Speechcraft conducted?
A wide variety of Speechcraft programs are conducted by Toastmasters Clubs throughout Colorado, Wyoming and Western Nebraska each year.
These are offered by Clubs within their local communities as a community service, and charges are usually very reasonable.
A Note for Employers
Speechcraft is high quality training at a price that every firm can afford. If staff lack confidence when speaking in public, that is a handicap. But if they are prepared to put the effort into the course work, you will probably want to help them.
First study the requirements of the course and satisfy yourself that this is an effective program. Then offer to pay the course fees of your staff. When you have seen the results of the course, your firm could develop a policy of encouraging staff members to take the Speechcraft course.
For more information, contact Summit Toastmasters at:
Thank you District 70 for help with the program description.