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Today was my first Division Toastmasters Conference. I had no idea what to expect. If I am truly honest I hadn't really thought about it too much. I wasn't competing. I wasn't helping. I was simply going because life has taught me to say "Yes" before engaging brain. A practice that has resulted in so much fun, and today proved to be up there with the best of them!
An 8:30 am start on a Saturday morning made me rethink my life lessons. Fortunately for my brain I only had to be there physically and not cognitively. Others will testify, my brain was still fast asleep on arrival, blissfully unaware I had scheduled in a serious conversation about adding a 'Get Out' clause for any activity beginning before noon on a weekend.
A conversation that was quickly kicked off the agenda by the big mighty boots of our friends Inspiration, Courage and Wisdom. Where else can you get so close to so many amazingly skilled people who face fear in the eye, stand up as tall as a poppy and put their hearts and souls on the line for all of us to do with as we please? In return, we, the collective audience of so many wonderful individuals, put out our caring, helping hands to support and nurture everyone and anyone. Inspiration. Courage. Wisdom!
Having just read the book Crucial Conversations, which declares 9 out of 10 issues in your life at home or at work can be resolved by a crucial conversation, I was all the more aware of the challenges, choices & courage everyone was willingly putting themselves up against in order to better themselves. I take my hat off to you all.
By learning to listen & speak to one or many people with thought, skill and patience we can all get better at achieving our desired results in life. It's as simple as that. I haven't met anyone who still doesn't have a lot to learn. I have however, at today's wonderful Conference met so many good people who are putting their everything to do exactly this. People who want to be better leaders, better spouses, better business people, better volunteers. Being better at communicating under pressure is the best thing anyone can to do to be better at everything else.
I spent from 8:30 am until 5 pm listening to speeches on a Saturday. Let's be honest, on paper this appears painful, mundane and something to avoid at all costs! How so very wrong paper can be! The day was inspiring, educating & rewarding.
Towards the end of the day I found myself wondering why every man and his dog wasn't queuing to be in attendance. Not just to the Conference, but to Toastmasters in general. It costs me $55 every 6 months, plus $5 each time I attend. For this I get skilled help, support and all the positive encouragement I need to overcome some very personal challenges. I get to make mistakes with no consequence. I get to practice skills I didn't know existed. I get to learn that I can succeed despite once 'knowing' I could only fail.
I left with an overwhelming desire to bring my family and friends along to the next Conference. Come and see how to be happy! However, I am all too aware that everyone must decide for themselves. The people at this conference were there because they wanted to be there. None were there because their friend wanted them to be there. It is for this reason that I found myself overwhelmed with inspiration, courage and wisdom.
Thank you to all the volunteers and to each and everyone involved!
What a fun and rewarding day!
One of our members wrote about their Raffle Master experience on their blog site. You can read their rather humerous plea for money here: Raise Money For Snowy.
If you have, or find, of any other member blogs about Toastmasters let us know in the comments, it would be great to link them.
Don't forget you can also get the latest news from our Facebook page
Yesterday (31/10/2015) six members from Boyd Park Toastmasters attended the Area 18 Conference. The morning was fun, educational and, for those with the courage to participate in a competition, challenging.
Congratulations to Anne-Marie Maw, Ally Hannon & Andrew Cole who all showed off their amazing talents and courage by competing in the Evaluation, International & Table Topics competitions respectively.
Andrew gave a clear and very well structured speech in the Table Topic competition. Table Topics always requires a huge dose of daring, drive and determination, qualities that Andrew had in abundance to make Boyd Park proud.
Anne-Marie starred in the Evaluation Competition. One of the most difficult competitions because, not only do you only have limited time to prepare, but you have to listen and listen carefully! Your speech must comment on a previous speech you have only just heard. I am sure all 5 of the Boyd Park members were very confident that Anne-Marie had this in the bag as her speech neared perfection. However, today (Anne-Marie's first competition no less) was not the day.
It was no surprise that the level of talent on display was exceedingly high. There was one particular speaker, Ian Demack from Stafford Heights, who entered all competitions and looked like he would win them all. Until, that is, the international competition where our very own Ally Hannon prevailed as the winner with a beautiful speech about her life since her Father's death entitled "What Could Ever Go Wrong!". Ally will now represent Area 18 in the next round of competitions! Congratulations Ally, a truly wonderful speech.
As a club we were responsible to organise the International competition and this duty fell heavily on our very own Michelé Keighley. Many thanks to Michelé who, as always, demonstrated her exceptional skills and experience by producing a professional contest enjoyed by all. We also need to thank Michelé and Joe for decorating our table with a Halloween theme (or should I say Samhain) and adding yet more fun to the day!
As guest speakers go, we were luck enough to have Anne Moffat who is the 'Director of Economic Development and Executive Services' at Moreton Bay Regional Services. In short, she writes speeches
for the Mayor. She discussed the use of pathos ethos and logos from the Greek philosopher Aristotle as tools to help when giving persuasive speeches. If you are uncultured like myself,
and have not heard of these before, then do you self a favour and google them now; 30 minutes of reading will make you life easier forever. Thank you Anne for your inspiration and guidance
with this very helpful speech.
The whole day was kept lean and mean with high quality speeches throughout. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as me and I am certainly looking forward to the next one. Details will be posted shortly!
Why not improve your leadership and communication skills? Come along to Boyd Park Toastmasters and we'll show you how!
Joining Nundah's friendliest Toastmaster club is easy, affordable and fun.
We meet on the 2nd and 4th Monday of every month and visitors are always welcome.
Speech contests are a chance to practise communication and leadership skills under a strict set of conditions.
We generally offer four contests at Boyd Park Toastmasters: Table Topics, Evaluation, Humourous and International.
This year's winners at club level were:
• Table Topics: Andrew C
• Evaluation: Robert G
• Humourous: Geoff D
• International: Andrew C
These intrepid speakers went on to represent Boyd Park and compete against winners from four to five other clubs at at area level on Saturday 29 October.
All four contestants performed admirably on the day, and did themselves and the club very proud.
Finally, none of this can happen without the teams of contest officials who organise each step of the way. Thank you too to the team of judges, contest chairs, tally counters, timers and sergeants at arms.
The Boyd Park Toastmasters Club is holding a Demonstration Meeting on Monday 26th September.
If you have ever thought about joining Toastmasters, or would just like to see what our Club is all about, then please join us from 7pm upstairs in the Prince of Wales Hotel.
You will see three exciting prepared speeches, hear some considered evaluations and enjoy the tension of the Table Topics (impromptu speaking)! You'll also have a brief opportunity to say a few words yourself (optional).
Refreshments will be served at 8.30pm.
For further information, please phone Geoff on 0432 531 521.
Boyd Park Toastmasters are proud to support Nundah Village Street Festival. Our stall will be located near the Centrelink office.
We look forward to meeting you on Sunday 11th September, 2011 and answering any questions you have about Toastmasters.
It's official: Boyd Park Toastmasters Club is the best in the area.
With a mere year of chartership under its belt, Boyd Park Toastmasters achieved the outstanding feat of meeting all ten of the goals that clubs all over the world strive for each year.
In concrete terms, this means:
So if you're looking for a club that focuses on helping its members achieve their communication and leadership goals, Boyd Park Toastmasters is head and shoulders above the rest.
The new committee officially take up their roles today. In reality though, they've been working very hard behind the scenes since May, ensuring they're ready to hit the ground running.
A debt of gratitude is due to the outgoing team who have achieved fantastic results over the year. Thankfully they are not going far, and will be on hand to support the new team settle into their roles.
Here's to another 12 months of learning and growing at Boyd Park Toastmasters!
Goodbye Outgoing Committee 2010 - 2011
Hello Incoming Committee 2011 - 2012
Speak to members of the Boyd Park Toastmasters club at the Nundah Village Festival on Sunday 8th September 2013.
Find out about our regular club meetings and how you can benefit from joining our club and Toastmasters International.
Boyd Park Toastmasters club is proud to support the Nundah Village Festival.