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.
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.
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.
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.