Advanced Speakers of LA Hosts World Champion of Public Speaking

World Champion of Public Speaking, Lance Miller, came to observe 5 speakers deliver his World Champion Speech.

Have you ever thought “I could be a great speaker if I just had the right speech?” Advanced Speakers of LA tested that theory on Monday night at Barnes and Noble in Valencia.2 Speakers were prepared to deliver the speech as they had received it a couple of weeks before. The other 3 were chosen to deliver it with little or no practice time. Here are pictures from this very different Toastmasters club event.


Advanced Speakers of LA uses a Round Robin Evaluation Technique to bring out the best in every speaker. If you comp0leted the CC manual and want more, ASLA is the place to be on the 4th MOnday of the month at Branes and Noble Booksellers Community Room.

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.

Download the PDF Flyer here and share it with someone that could use this information.

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


New Rulebook Changes for Contests

There are new Rulebook changes for contests. Contestants, Contest Chairs and Judges are affected by the changes.

Judging_ContestThis Monday August 15th, I will be conducting an in person training session, open to everyone in Santa Clarita.

Cannot Attend? Click here to see other training dates.

Here is the event link for registering:

Event URL: Click Here

 What do you get for attending?

Up to the minute information and details on how to be a contest judge OR chief Judge.

Did you know?

The eligibility for Chief Judge is identical as it is for Judge?
The benefits of leadership advancement and experience is exceptional.

2016 Toastmasters Contest Rulebook Page General  Rules Eligibility 2.B.

To be a chief judge, voting judge or tiebreaking judge at a Toastmasters speech contest, you must meet all eligibility requirements identified below.
At a club contest, be a paid member.
At an area, division, or district contest:
Be a paid member for a minimum of six months.
Have completed a minimum of six speech projects in Competent Communication.
Be physically present at the contest for which you are serving.
At the International Speech Contest Semifinals and the World Championship of Public Speaking:
Be a paid member for a minimum of six months.
Be at least an Advanced Toastmaster Bronze or Advanced Communicator Bronze.
Have previously judged a Toastmasters speech contest at the area, division, district, or semifinal level.

So, I invited you to attend one of the upcoming trainings. You will be glad you did.

Jo Lauricella,DTM You Will Be Missed 2016

Jo Lauricella RIPThis week, District 52 Toastmasters has one less member. Not just any member. A Past Select Distinguished District Governor, Jo Lauricella. Jo passed from this life to the next and she will be missed.

I recall how Jo spoke to me as if I was a leader already. She was District Governor and a member of the Leadership club where I had a membership. That was Toastmasters for Leaders. In the video below, she delivers an educational talk. In 4 minutes time she shares a powerful idea on assessing the results of doing a plan.

Toastmasters For Leaders member Jo Lauricella, DTM and District Governor for District 52 for 2013-2014 delivers a talk titled, “New Broom” – which discusses her intent to keep in tact what works, and sweep away what does not during her term as DG -Published on Aug 4,




When I first joined Toastmasters, I learned of the “Top Three”, the top officers that were governing the District that made up the jurisdiction for the clubs that I was a part of. The Top Three were District Governor, Lieutenant Governor of Education and Lieutenant Governor of Marketing. Today, those offices have been renamed to, District Director, Program Quality Director and Club Growth Director.

When I first met Jo she was Lieutenant Governor of Marketing. I was Public Relations Officer. In that position I was able to see how the District was run and how the Top Three worked together to make things happen. Seeing this video after so long, and remembering Jo, I recognize her as a dedicated Toastmaster with passion for the District, the clubs and the members.

Jo Lauricella,DTM you will be missed this 2016.

If you would like to see more of her on video, follow this link: Videos On YouTube

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?


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.

Kathleen Lubin, begins the meeting


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.

Marc_Richards Linaea_Mallette_Toastmaster Linnaea_Mallette_EmCee Linnaea_Mallette_Facial_Expressions Linnaea_Mallette_Hands LinnaeaMallette_TM

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.

George_Connors_Timer George_Connors_Timer_Explains The Green_Timer

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.



Daybreak Wants to Start Your Day Right

Daybreak TaostmastersDaybreak Toastmasters is my home club. It is the club in Santa Clarita that fits my busy schedule as it meets BEFORE I start my day.

The meetings are at 7:00 AM on the second and fourth Thursday. We meet in the College of the Canyons University Center. Meeting consist of members giving prepared speeches; members participating in impromptu speaking, called Table topics and speech evaluations. On meeting days, it seems my day goes right.

I had a recent opportunity to give a presentation of a typical Daybreak meeting and an explanation of the Toastmasters Program.  You can experience that presentation here.

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, 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.

Evaluation & Freebies Training – TLI Jan. 30

Training at TLITraining at TLI

Two members of Daybreak Santa Clarita will be conducting training workshops at TLI (Toastmasters Leadership Institute) on January 30th. It is scheduled as part of the leadership/Officer Training given twice a year by the District.

Both workshops are in the afternoon following the lunch break keynote address. One workshop, given by Linnaea Mallette, is covering all the Toastmaster freebies available form the Toastmaster International Website. Leadership training materials, stationary, brochures and more are available for free to build your club, train members, excel toward higher certification awards and improving your speaking and leading confidence. Another workshop, presented by Circe Denyer, treasurer, will teach the Heart and Science of an Evaluation. If you are a leader, you must be able to give an effective evaluation. Circe is an award winning evaluator in District 52 and will share techniques anyone can use.

Registration, which includes a box lunch, is $20 and is available here:

Daybreak Santa Clarita Toastmasters club meets the second and fourth Thursday morning at 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Our Toastmaster club is open to anyone wanting to improve their public speaking and leadership abilities. You can follow Daybreak on Facebook. Here is an invitation to attend one of our meetings:




SCV Chamber Speaks Holds an Open Networking Event

SCV Chamber Speaks, one of the newest Toastmaster clubs in Santa Clarita Valley is hosting a meeting to show guests how Toastmasters helps with business and work related social interaction.

00096466Bill Guthrie,who works closely with the College of the Canyons Job and Career Center, will be speaking on interviewing. He will talk about the benefits that Toastmasters gives for people who want to make a good impression with a prospective boss or company.


tobyToby Skelly, of GitNoticed, will be conducting Table Topics for Networking and Business. Have you ever had to answer succinctly off the cuff either to a prospective client or to a boss? Wouldn’t you love to have that skill? Come see it live at this next Toastmasters group meeting.