Go to the Area B21-B22 Contest for Free

Area B21-B22 contest is March 11, 2016. and they have a great new idea for the raffle. Offering a free admission to the contest in exchange for a Raffle prize valued at $10 or more!

Contests are fun and open up a Toastmaster to the world of the big stage. Speaking in front of a larger audience, more people that are strangers, stretches the comfort zone of all the contestants. You can witness this Toastmaster event live on Friday night March 11, 2016. Bring friends and family.

Here are the details:


Boston Scientific, Mann Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 at 5 PM – 9 PM

Who: Areas B21 and B22 clubs. Note: Not all clubs in this area have contestants represented for all contests

Area B21

00005515 Distinguished Singles Club
00720644 Brighton Gardens Toastmasters Club
01007423 Scintillating Speakers
02981519 Empowered Business Professionals (EBP)
04076848 PDT Personal Development Toastmasters

Area 22

00001670 Valencia Toastmasters Club
00004643 Quest Toastmasters Club #4643
00009641 Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters Club
03729871 Neuro Orators Toastmasters Club
04407551 The Outliers
04479678 SCV Chamber Speaks

My home club, Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters is rising to the challenge and looking forward to competing in the Area B21 and B22 contest. Link for the contest is in the comments.
Daybreak Santa Clarita is a morning club meeting at College of the Canyons on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. It is an open club for anyone looking to achieve success and growth.

Dead_of_Winter_coverP.S. I am bringing a copy of my Photographic compilation, Dead of Winter book for a raffle prize. If you bring a raffle prize with $10 or more YOU GET IN FOR FREE. Are you coming? What are you bringing?


Clubs Within Companies

TM-LOGOToastmaster Clubs are popular in companies. Employees in companies that have a Toastmasters program are more likely to become promoted into higher paying jobs and become more valuable to the company.

“Some of us will be judged well and some will not, but we will all be judged by only one thing—the result”—Vince Lombardi

There are two contradictory truths in any business. Time is money. Americans would rather die than speak in public.

Loss of time, money and ideas owing to poor communication is costly for any corporation—but it need not happen to yours. For over 90 years, Toastmasters International has removed the fear of speaking for hundreds of thousands of people. In fact, there are over 332,000 members in 15,400 clubs in 135 countries around the world.

What does this mean to you? Here is what leaders like you have to say about what Toastmasters has done for them.

Ken Melrose, Retired CEO of the Toro Corporation, recently shared his experience, “In today’s business environment, how you are perceived as a current or emerging leader is directly impacted by your ability to lead, direct, persuade and motivate. Your credibility and influence as a professional depends on your ability to communicate effectively. This skill is used every day, from conducting a productive meeting to delivering key messages to a large group of employees. That’s why I am happy to support the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Program.”

The Toro Company has had an onsite, active Toastmasters group since 1984. Mr. Melrose personally observed employees at all levels benefit from the experiences and skills acquired by mastering progressive levels of public speaking proficiency. These employees gain a new level of confidence and self-esteem, leading to increased contribution and recognition.

Toastmasters discover camaraderie, which keeps morale high, they learn to think quickly and logically which leads to efficient, productive meetings, and they find ways to speak that keep others engaged which can shorten the time from first contact to sales close.

Jim Stockdale Vice President and General Manager of General Dynamics says, “…people have come up to me and thanked me for sponsoring two new Toastmasters clubs at GDAIS. …as a leader of an organization, you always worry about keeping the folks on your team excited. You have to find ways to jazz people up about coming to work. I remembered my days of being a Toastmaster at AT&T and the transformation it caused in our organization.”

Discover the team building and skill building that this international organization can spark in your employees when you sponsor a Toastmasters club.A Toastmasters representative can contact you to share how easy it is to launch a breakfast, lunchtime, or after-work club.

You can contact the District 52 Program Growth Director via email.Mention this article so the director knows that you heard of Toastmasters from our website.

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.


Thursday Morning Mentoring

Thursday Morning Mentoring is Open to All Toastmasters living in Santa Clarita

A group of Daybreak Toastmasters meets on Thursday mornings for networking, mentoring, new Toastmaster introductions and more. All Toastmasters are welcome.

We meet at Corner Bakery.

When: 1st Thursday 7:00 AM; 2nd/3rd/4th Thursday 8:00 AM

What do we do? Talk about Toastmasters; share experiences that help each other grow; listen to Toastmasters Training for learning opportunities; mentor new Toastmasters on speeches.

This is open to any Toastmaster from any Santa Clarita area. You may not belong to a local club; that’s OK. You may not belong to Daybreak; that’s OK too. We love Toastmasters because of the friendships that are born from the clubs.

Join us and see how much you can get from your Toastmaster membership.