Don't Settle for the Highlight Reel

“Speech has power. Words do not fade.
What starts out as a sound, ends in a deed.”

— Abraham Joshua Heschel (1907-1972), rabbi, theologian & philosopher

Among the dismal voids of the so-called information age is the paucity of published speeches.

Twitter and TV cover public addresses using bite (or byte)-sized dictums. At best, newspapers weave a phrase from a news conference into a pithy headline. Websites stitch together patchworks of a speaker's themes.

Inspirational Speakers Advanced - new Charter Club

It is always exciting when District 96 welcomes a new club in Toastmasters, and we are excited to introduce a new opportunity for members.

The Inspirational Speakers Advanced Club was chartered on June 24, 2020, and is the brain child of Shayan Shakeraneh. Through discussions with Gene Vickers, a bit of brainstorming and reaching out to fellow Toastmasters, posting advertisements on Facebook, on the evening of June 24, 2020, via Zoom, a Demo Meeting was held, and about 43 Toastmasters joined in to learn more.

Momentum Maximizes a Speech’s Power

“Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory.”
— William Barclay (1907–1978), Scottish author, professor & minister

In the midst of making a speech, there are few things more distressing than running out of steam. It might be on account of nervousness, lack of preparation, or a shortage of inspiration. Whatever the cause, the result is usually the same: panic, hesitation, and a scramble to reach an inevitably apologetic conclusion.

Practice Makes… Plasticity

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”
— Albert Einstein (1879–1955), German-born theoretical physicist

One of the most-rehearsed forms of performance art is musical theatre, particularly on Broadway or London's West End. At the time of the COVID interruption, The Phantom of the Opera had played 13,370 times—the longest-running song-and-dance show in history.

Professional Zeal Keeps Customers Buoyant

“Nothing great in the world has ever been accomplished without passion.”
— Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770–1831), German philosopher

Communication is weightless—but it has gravity.

On journeys by plane, ship, train or bus, it shows in the manner that staff interact with passengers. Aboard flights, rote repetition by cabin attendants ("Pretzels or biscuits?") reveals a dispiriting, cookie-cutter approach to customer relations. Dispensing juice in a plastic cup as solemnly as the Eucharist only exposes the thinness of such hospitality.

The Rugged Road on Perfection's Perimeter

“What people call serendipity sometimes is just having your eyes open.”
— José Manuel Barroso (1956–), Portuguese politician & university teacher

One of the reasons I joined Toastmasters was to confront crippling perfectionism. I think everyone is prone to this trait, some more than others.

After all, would life be as sweet if there weren't achievements whose excellence we pursued with abject devotion?

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7-9pm --> 2 hours (including break) >> followed by our Club's social time "Postie Toasties"

Does your Home Club break for July & August?

Would you like to keep up the momentum on your educational, social, inspirational goals over the summer?

You're in luck - we've created the Summer Guest Pass just for you!

1. Open to all existing TM members + anyone who becomes a member before the end of June (or wants to join a non-summer club but doesn't want to wait till Sept to get started).
2. Two options for "Summer Guest Pass" use: you are welcome to attend & participate in all existing TM Club 59 meetings (Mondays 7-9pm, except stats):
    a> July or August (or month-to-month) = PARTIAL
    b> July & August = FULL
3. Investment 
    a> $10/month
    b> $15 total for July & August (prepaid), including BONUSES! 
4. BONUSES for Option b
  - invitation to attend all remaining regular June meetings at Club 59 gratis
  - welcome to join us for our June 24th Annual BBQ & Awards Soiree ($5 at the door for all members and guests gets you reg/veg burger, potluck goodies and bevies)
 - invitation to our September Open House & Homecoming Meeting = SUPER Fun! gratis
5. Participate freely & fully in every meeting + one speaker slot made available PER MEETING for Summer Guest Passers > held till noon Thurs before meeting. Keep your progress going!!
6. Payment =  2 options (to Club 59)
 - pay yourself
 - have your Treasurer pay on your behalf from you annual dues (already submitted)
- hang out with some old and new friends at Club 59 > a club with great history, legacy & downright cool folks!
keep on-track with your Toastmasters goals through the summertime 
- maintain momentum on your path to becoming the best speaker and leader you can be
- support newer members at your club to stay engaged and UP retention in your own club, come Fall
- bring your ideas and learn some new ones
- enjoy meeting at beautiful Kits Yacht Clubhouse by the sea and beach = incredible vibe and gorgeous sunsets!
- meet fun peeps, bring your friends, keep energized --> take all the goodness back to your Club to hit the ground running for a successful September start
- More!
Please feel free to contact me with any questions. When you're ready to get started, I'll email your registration form with some more details.
Looking forward to a great shared experience and creating a fun win-win!!
Gilllian Roberts
Club 59 Legacy Coach
Division B Director 2018-19


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