TEDx Speaker to Present 10 Skills Every Successful Speaker Uses

Linnaea Mallette at TEDx Camarillo

Linnaea Mallette at TEDx Camarillo

June 22nd, Linnaea Mallette, TEDx Speaker and Award Winning Toastmaster for 30 years will present “10 Skills Every Successful Speaker Uses”

Join Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters Thursday morning at 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM to hear how you can improve your skills as a presenter, speaker, business owner or entrepreneur.

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About Linnaea

Profoundly hearing impaired since birth, Linnaea brought to the stage a lifetime of experience as a person with a hearing loss trying to stay connected with others. The skills she learned from following the 10 simple skills taught in Toastmasters gave her the foundation to speak eloquently on the TEDx stage. She is often called upon to speak for groups and on local radio. She is a funny, entertaining speaker and trainer.

The ability to express herself is not all Linnaea received from Toastmasters. The many speeches she developed and delivered at Toastmasters meetings now comprise about 60% of a book she wrote titled, “Hearing Loss Tips, for Those Who Have it and those who Don’t”.

Toastmasters, a non-profit organization dedicated to the development of speaking and leadership skills for members in clubs throughout the world, helps people, like Linnaea, find their voice.

Linnaea Mallette, DTM, a member of two Santa Clarita clubs, Daybreak Santa Clarita and Advanced Speakers of LA, is was one of 12 speakers at the first Camarillo TEDx event.

The theme for TEDx Camarillo was Unabridged. This theme alluded to telling the whole story, uncut, and uncensored. The Camarillo Public Library, is known for unabridged collections. They are a common offering.

Linnaea is also one of two Toastmasters working on the launch of a new Toastmasters club called Stagemasters. The club will be a coaching style club where members will learn techniques and staging skills for events such as TEDx and TED.

Daybreak Toastmasters is a club that is open to everyone. You can read about it at http://daybreaksantaclarita.com


Daybreak Santa Clarita Wins Area Contests

Daybreak Toastmasters Circe Denyer and Kevin Walker

Daybreak Toastmasters Circe Denyer and Kevin Walker

Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters Circe Denyer for Evaluation and Kevin Walker for Humor take FIRST PLACE at the Area Contest on September 6, 2014! Now they move on to the NEXT level – Division B – on Saturday October 18th. Good luck Kevin and Circe!

The area contest pitted 3-5 contestants from the local Santa Clarita Clubs against each other to vie for the title of best evaluator and best humorous speech. Kevin’s speech was entitled “my Old School Uniform” and it was a crowd pleaser. Circe evaluated a speech from a guest speaker.

We invite you, guests and Toastmasters alike, to come and experience a Toastmasters contest.

If you would like to see the contest for Division B, here is the information:

Division B Contest
Sat, October 18, 9:00am – 12:30pm
Los Angeles Fire Department, 21050 Burbank Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA, United States
District 52 Event Calendar
Free parking next to the station Div. B briefing at 9:00AM, 10:00AM-12:30PM contest.

Come see what Toastmasters can do!

Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters club is open to anyone interested in improving public speaking, or becoming a better leader.

The only morning club in the Santa Clarita Valley, we are achieving our goals, moving forward, and helping others before most people start their day.

-Paula Whidden, Immediate Past President, Daybreak Santa ClaritaToastmasters 2014

Local Club Member Wins 1st Place in Table Topics

Jordana Tiger Table Topics Winner Advanced Speakers of LA

Jordana Tiger wins First Place

Advanced Speakers of LA member, Jordana Tiger took the first place trophy home in the District level Table Topics competition. Table Topics is a Toastmasters club activity where a person is read a question twice and then must give a succinct, organized, and on point 1-2 minute impromptu speech. The question for this competition was “In ten years, what do you hope to be doing”? Jordana’s answer was organized into three parts; travel, camping and following her then 20 year old son around. This got a big laugh…

The Table Topics competition at this level is comprised of 5 Toastmasters who have each won the competition in their area. This part of Toastmasters teaches members to be ready in an instant to answer questions. This helps for interviews, board meetings, elevator encounters and networking events. Toastmasters who do this well are never caught off guard by a spontaneous question.

You can visit a Toastmasters club to see this for yourself. Advanced Speakers of LA is for Toastmasters that have already completed the first award level of Toastmasters, the Competent Communication Award.

Toastmasters is a self-paced club based public speaking and leadership program for individuals and companies. A club can be started with 20 people all interested in the same thing or started within  a company ( called a corporate club). If you want to join a local club there are 4 in Santa Clarita Valley that are open (not company based) and all of the links to the clubs are on the home page header. If you own a company or want to start a club based on a joint interest, contact Circe Denyer for details.

Why Toastmasters Can Help

Why Toastmasters Can Help

If you are looking to improve your chances of getting a job, promotion or other advancement; if you are in a job where presentations are necessary…Toastmasters of Santa Clarita can help.

P1390840If you are self employed and looking to speak more eloquently to clients and prospects; If you know you could make more money if you knew how to express yourself…

Toastmasters International says this about the clubs:

You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, more than 4 million people around the world have become more confident speakers and leaders because of their participation in Toastmasters.

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Today, our membership is 292,000 strong. These members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the 14,350 clubs in 122 countries that make up our global network of meeting locations.

Membership in Toastmasters in one of the greatest investments you can make in yourself. At $36 every six months (club dues may vary), it is also one of the most cost-effective skill-building tools available anywhere. Read more about the Features, Benefits and Value of a Toastmasters International membership.

How Does It Work?

  • A Toastmasters meeting is a learn-by-doing workshop in which participants hone their speaking and leadership skills in a no-pressure atmosphere. A typical group has 20 to 40 members who meet weekly, biweekly or monthly. A typical meeting lasts 60–90 minutes.
  • There is no instructor in a Toastmasters meeting. Instead, members evaluate one another’s presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program’s success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings and develop skills related to timekeeping, grammar and parliamentary procedure.
  • Members learn communication skills by working in the Competent Communication manual, a series of 10 self-paced speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.
  • Members also learn leadership skills by taking on various meeting roles and working in the Competent Leadership manual. In our learn-by-doing approach, we don’t lecture members about leadership skills; we give them responsibilities and mentoring to help. Then we ask them to lead.

Why should I join?
The Toastmasters program offers many benefits that help people in all walks of life. As a result of participating in Toastmasters, you will:

  • Increase your self-confidence
  • Become a better speaker
  • Become a better leader
  • Communicate more effectively

Membership is affordable – a great value that can change your life that costs less than a dollar a day. Your initial investment:

  • $20 New member fee
  • $36 Dues for six months, plus any club expenses. (Some clubs may charge a nominal fee in addition to the regular dues for items such as meeting space and club supplies.)

More than 4 million people have discovered the benefits of this proven learning formula. What are you waiting for? Joining is easy – just a few simple steps:

Step 1:
Visit a Toastmasters club. You can find clubs near you by using the Meeting Locations tool.

  • Each group has a different personality, so you may wish to visit more than one. Your visit is free, and some clubs may allow you to return as often as you like.
  • It’s easy to find a time and location that works for you. Meetings are held seven days a week, mornings, afternoons and evenings. It’s a good idea to call or email in advance to confirm a group’s meeting time and location.

Step 2:
At the meeting, ask the vice president membership for a membership application and fill it out.

Step 3:
Give your application and dues to the vice president membership at the club.


Podium or Lectern Why You Want to Get it Right

Podium or Lectern? Why is it important to get it right?
A Podium:
Victory podium

A Lectern:
When I joined Toastmasters, I noticed many people were ribbing other Toastmasters for calling the speaker notes stand a podium. It is called a lectern. The podium is the elevated stage a speaker stands upon to give a speech in front of an audience.

Why is this important?

1. Language accuracy as a speaker is important. Often a speaker is viewed in an elevated way; more important because the speaker is at the front of the room. Using the correct terminology is good speaker practice, for speaking and for talking about speaking.

2. Speaking venue coordinators use specific terms for specific equipment. If you ask for a podium, you will get a stage. If you ask for a lectern, you will get a speaker stand.

3. Clarity. When you use the correct terminology every time, you will not only be understood by all who are listening, but the instructions you give will be clear. In Toastmasters, the lectern is never to be left empty. Calling the the next speaker or functionary to the lectern, not only tells them where to come, but reinforces the correct usage of the equipment, subtly.