PDC in Santa Clarita hosted a Toastmasters Demo Meeting

I was an evaluator at a Toastmaster demo meeting at PDCHealthcare, a Brady business. They create ID bracelets for visitors at hospitals and companies. The kiosk at the lobby used this technology to check the Toastmasters team into the facility.

Candi Smith from Valencia Toastmasters, who works at PDC Healthcare, met us there to escort us to the large meeting room. Six other Toastmasters joined her to conduct a one hour information meeting. Kathleen Lubin, club growth director, Linnaea Mallette and Circe Denyer from Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters, George Conners and Susan DiMartini from Valencia Toastmasters along with Marc Richards of Quest.

Kathleen Lubin and Marc Richards began by giving the group an overview of what Toastmasters is and how it helps members achieve professional and personal growth.

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Linnaea Mallette emceed the demonstration meeting. This part gave the audience a real feel of what it is like to attend a Toastmaster’s club meeting. This portion was filled with information, humor, and examples of how a meeting works.

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Susan DiMartini, a brand new Toastmaster gave a speech called Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!. It was charming and was an opportunity to talk about how Toastmasters has helped her to overcome performance anxiety.

Circe Denyer, gave an evaluation of the speech, highlighting several points that she did well and offered two points of improvement for her next speech. This evaluation component is the unique value Toastmasters gives each member. The feedback a person gets after their speech is the way a speaker grows from step to step in their first ten Toastmaster projects.

George Connors acted in the role of Timer. He explained how Toastmasters learn to keep within time for speeches, Table Topics (impromptu speaking) and Evaluations.

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Candi Smith did a great job asking for volunteers for the Impromptu Speaking section and Kathleen closed the meeting. All in one hour. Great team of volunteers. When this club becomes chartered, the employees will begin their journey to sucess.



Inspiration Comes From Experiences

My inspiration for a talk I gave at College of the Canyons for Flex Week came to me while attending a training session for Toastmasters Area and Division Directors. Marshall W. Northcott was the trainer.

Here is the video of that presentation.

This presentation can be tweaked for any club. The original presentation was presented to the group with other slides and some of the same video clips. I took another idea, that of personal worth and incorporated it in to the original training. Your club may have another “passion” to present. The core of this presentation though is the emotional impact of the middle video.


Toastmasters – Raise Your Personal Worth

The Toastmasters Program has the potential to raise the personal worth of its participants.

circe_denyer talking about personal worth and how Toastmasters helps raise that How much to you think you are worth? That is a loaded question and has many answers depending on which part of your life is being referenced. With respect to your job, your value is measured in the amount on your paycheck. With respect to your family, the number can jump exponentially. For today, let’s think about your personal worth and value you believe you have as a person interacting with others in a specific area, communication.

To find this value, you would have to assess your ability to communicate effectively on the subjects presented to you, both at work and at non-work interactions. How well do you perform when asked to give a presentation at work? Do you choke when asked a question you did not expect?

Warren Buffet has put a value on communication skills. In a presentation at Columbia University, he stated, “You can improve you value 50% by having better communication skills.” He took classes with Dale Carnegie to improve his speaking skills. Here in Santa Clarita, residents can improve their communication and leadership prowess locally in one of 6 Open (all welcome) Toastmasters clubs. Santa Clarita also has one corporate club in Advanced Biometrics Company.

Some have heard of Toastmasters and some have experienced it first hand in a Toastmaster club meeting. Those that have say it changed their lives. Debbi Rose Fields from Mrs. Fields Cookies is quoted as saying: “The idea of getting in front of a group, not as Mrs. Fields but as Debbi, made my knees shake. But the Toastmasters group understood. Here’s a place where you can learn, grow, develop — and where other people are doing and feeling the same thing.”

Linda Lingle, former Governor of Hawaii states, “Toastmasters is the best and least expensive personal improvement class you can go to.”

The host of the Discovery Home Channel’s hit show Neat, Hellen Buttigieg had this to say. “How often in life do people really listen to us? At Toastmasters, people are truly listening; they’re not thinking about what they’ll say back. It’s a safe place to speak, so I could use my speeches to work out what resonated with the audience.”

Each club in Santa Clarita is unique. Visiting the clubs is easy and free. For someone just starting out there are 5 clubs to choose from. Daybreak meets in the early morning (7:00 AM) on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month at the Diane Van Hook University Center in room 310. The four other clubs meet in the evenings. Quest: Every other Tuesday, 5:30 pm. SCV Chamber Speaks 1st & 3rd Tuesday, 6:00 PM. Valencia Toastmasters on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 6:30 pm. The Outliers 2nd & 4th Thursday, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM. Specific details of the meetings of these clubs is available on Toastmasters International’s website, http://toastmasters.org. Select Find A Club to get started.

If you are interested in your personal growth, achieving success in your business, work or education, visit one or more of these clubs to experience the safe harbor Toastmasters provides to turn your ship and begin a path of success.

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Circe Denyer is a Distinguished Toastmaster, and Treasurer of her home club, Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters. She has been a member of Toastmasters since June 1, 2012 and served as Public Relations Officer for District 52. District 52 has 108 clubs in the Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, Santa Clarita Valley, and Glendale/Burbank areas of Southern California.

SCV Christmas Party Compilation Video Available

A great compilation video has been posted on YouTube (Daybreak Channel) for all to enjoy.

Here is the link. Share the link with all of those that could not come, and those that did come.