Thursday, November 2, 2017

Too Much Fun in Albuquerque!

On the weekend of October 27-29, 2017, WWJS Toastmasters Gary Johnson, Cletis Tatum, Franklin Baggerman, and Matthew Kennel (pictured above) joined over 200 Toastmasters from throughout District 23 in Albuquerque, NM for the fall district conference.

This Star Wars themed conference, "May the Voice Be With You," was full of colorful costumes, Star Wars puns and jokes, and glow stick lightsabers, but most of all it was full of fun, fellowship, and life lessons.

Highlights of the conference included our very own Matt Kennel competing on behalf of Division F in the evaluation contest, Matt and Cletis getting to be coached one on one by internationally known speaker Patricia Fripp, and getting to witness fellow Area 65 Toastmasters Cliff and Taryn Colvin be honored with many others from District 23 for achieving the highest educational award bestowed in Toastmasters, the Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM).


Friday, June 16, 2017

Congratulations Matt, our newest CC!

June 15th marks a special day for Matt Kennel.
In the presence of friends and fellow Toastmasters, Matt gave his 10th Competent Communicators speech titled Get Action.

Matt has exhibited dedication through his first stage of Toastmasters pushing through  his entire manual in only 10 months. Always willing to step up to fill needed roles, Matt has been a true example of the dedication necessary to grow through the journey of Toastmasters.

For all of us at WWJS, I just want to say it's been an honor to know Matt and have the privilege to walk the Toastmasters journey along with him. I look forward to continuing our journies all the way to DTM and beyond.

God bless you Matt, thank you for everything you do for WWJS and congratulations on achieving CC!

Friday, April 28, 2017

What Can Toastmasters Do For You?

Even if you're an experienced speaker, Toastmasters can help you improve! 

A lot of times, we might think because we speak all of the time, we don't need a group like Toastmasters to help us improve. Sadly, I've seen professional speakers, pastors, television celebrities, and so many others who think this way.
Toastmasters is a great place for you to improve and receive feedback on your delivery. If you are interested at all in improving how you speak to large groups, small groups, individuals, or in business meetings, come visit us at WWJS Toastmasters on Thursday nights at 6:45PM in the back of Mardel Christian Book Store.

We'd love to have you visit and talk to you about furthering your speaking skills!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

What Toastmasters Must Learn from The Boy Scouts

Have you ever shown up to a club meeting thinking you were free and clear of responsibilities on the agenda just to find out you were supposed to be giving a speech? It does happen occasionally, but there is a way to be ready for when it happens.

First let me say, I think the Vice President of Education's job in Toastmasters is one of, if not the, hardest positions to hold in a club. You could be doing an outstanding job as VPE and you're always getting those schedules out well in advance for your club, but as something comes up, you and the Toastmaster must make quick changes to fulfill and have a great meeting. Sometimes those changes come in the form of a need of a speaker (or two).

That's what happened to two clubs I'm a member of recently. We had the schedule, but not only did one but two speakers need to drop out for the meeting on short notice AND so did the back up speaker!

Thankfully, both clubs were able to fill in speakers at the last minute and still have a wonderful meeting. If you're asking how that could have happened, let me share with you one secret that allowed us to fill the needed speaker positions.


That's it. That is the single secret that will not only allow you to be ready to give a speech when you least expect it, but it will also allow you to get that next education award you're working on! 

The Boy Scouts have been teaching this motto, "Be Prepared" since 1907, and I think as Toastmasters we should adopt it as our own as well (not officially of course).

Having someone who is always prepared to give a speech takes a lot of stress off of the VPE and the Toastmaster of the evening. They know you can fill in if need be, and that makes you very valuable. I know from personal experience, you never want to be writing that speech with 3 hours notice so why not go ahead and sit down and finish out that next speech. Go ahead and have it ready to go for the next time you're called on to give it. This is a great skill to learn whether you're in Toastmasters, the Boy Scouts, or using it in life in general.