Tuesday March 6: Club Table Topics Contest and International Speech Contest

On Tuesday, March 6, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm, we will hold our Table Topics Contest and International Speech Contest. This contest is open to everyone – all you need to do is be a paid member in good standing.
See below for more details. Contact Vidya Kagan, VP-Education and Contest Chair, at vped@menloparktm.org if you would like to sign up as a speaker or a volunteer.

Speakers: We need speakers for both sections of the contest. Our goal is to get 3 speakers minimum for each section.

  1. Table Topics Contest: An impromptu speech, all contestants are assigned the same topic, told to them when they are introduced by the contest chair. Contestants must present a 1-2 minute impromptu speech.
  2. International Speech Contest: Contestants present a 5-7 minute speech on any subject they choose. (To participate in the International Speech Contest, you must have completed at least 6 speeches from Competent Communication prior to the club contest. )

Volunteers: First and foremost, we need a Contest Chair. Please contact me if you are interested in taking on this project. I chaired our Fall club speech contest in 2016 and it was an amazing learning experience, and fun too! I am happy be of assistance and provide as much guidance as you would like. We also need volunteers for the following positions: Chief Judge, voting judges, counters, and timers.

For complete details, please review the Speech Contest Rulebook on the Toastmasters website or contact me and I’ll answer your questions. Please note: if you are a speaker for this contest, you cannot be a volunteer, and vice versa.

Please contact Vidya to sign up! Thank you, and looking forward to a great contest!

Tuesday Dec 27 Meeting Cancelled

My apologies if you showed up on December 27 to find no one around! The meeting was cancelled, but I had failed to cancel the Meetup event and post an announcement here. Sorry about that. Our meetings will resume on Tuesday January 3, 2017!

October 13: Free Educational Workshop

Have you just completed or are about to complete your Competent Communication (CC) and/or Competent Leadership (CL) manuals and wondering, “Is that it?!” Not by far! The personalized aspect of the program, which you can tailor to YOUR specific goals and style just begins! Perhaps you are only a couple of speeches away from your Advanced Leadership Bronze status and don’t even know it?!

Attend this FREE workshop and get guidance to develop your own strategy, your personal Roadmap to DTM, and learn more about deadlines for completing this track before the new Pathways Education Program fully takes effect.

Roadmap to DTM
Reaching DTM Status, While Optimizing Leadership and Communication Opportunities

Thursday, October 13, 6-8pm
Landmark Building, 1 Market Street, San francisco
Check-in in the Lobby
Hosted by Heather ROmios and Salesforce TM
Facilitated by Katherine Pratt and Lucy Chen, DTMs
Registration link
Refreshments will be served.

How to deliver a memorable Table Topics response

Remember this quote from Craig Harrison when responding to Table Topics questions: “Specific is terrific!” Embellish your answer with specific details and you’ll create a vivid picture for your audience.

Toastmaster Magazine September 2016 “Finding the Funny” by Craig Harrison

This Tip of the Week comes from Donne, Menlo Park Toastmasters member and Sergeant at Arms.