Spirited Speech Masters and Dan Rex honoring MD Anderson and Shibu Varghese

Members and Guests Spoke Easily at our Fall Open House

Our speakeasy-themed fall open house event was a roaring success with a turnout of more than 20 welcome guests! All participants performed admirably in their chosen roles, with Joann providing warm and enthusiastic transitions between each segment as the President and Toastmaster-of-the-Day. Christine introduced a specially chosen Word-of-the-Day, brouhaha.

Our headline event was a humorously poignant speech about the journey that lead one member to non-contact boxing, a speech that was expertly evaluated by Sally. I had the pleasure of running a variation of Table Topics, and our VP of Enrollment Usamah closed out the meeting with information about how to enroll in the Spirited Speech Masters program.

A huge thank you to everyone who made this event possible, especially the two other members of the planning committee, Usamah and Dawn, as well as our photographer, Allison! I hope you enjoy some of the photographs she took at this year’s event:

Had a great time at the Open House and now interested in becoming part of Spirited Speech Masters? Visit our Join page!

18 Strengths of the Emotionally Intelligent

Letting go of mistakes. Embracing change. Being able to say “no” when asked. These are just three of the characteristics of those blessed with emotional intelligence, according to Travis Bradberry, co-author of the well known book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0. You can read more about the strengths of emotional intelligence at “Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here’s How to Know for Sure.” on Entrepreneur.com.

Public speaking give you jitterbugs?

Come to the Spirited Speech Masters Speakeasy Open House on November 14th to learn how Toastmasters can help you develop public speaking and leadership skills!

Thursday, November 14th
1MC16.3312 (central breakroom on the 16th floor)
noon-1:00 PM

The event will feature an engaging speech by an accomplished storyteller, and we will be serving appetizers along with a bevvy of Prohibition-themed “mocktails” that are sure to be the Bee’s Knees!

Build your confidence while conquering your fears in the warm and supportive environment of Toastmasters, all without having to leave your workplace!

Be Your Best Leader: Executive Leadership Summit

District 56 is hosting an Executive Leadership Summit on November 2nd. This set of workshops will substitute for officer-required Toastmasters Leadership Institute, but all members are encouraged to attend.

Date: Saturday, November 2, 2019
Time: 9a – 2p (Registration at 8:30a)
Where: Fountain Life Center
14083 South Main Street
Houston, TX 77035

Register Here

Please join to learn more from your fellow Toastmasters and let us all grow as leaders!

3 Tips for Making the Most out of Toastmasters

VPE Corner written in chalk on a chalkboard

Well into my successful career in Information Technology, I went back to school for a Master’s Degree in Learning and Development.  My thesis paper was on “Self-Directed Learning”.  During my research for this paper, I realized that I was not a Self-Directed learner.  I needed guidance.

That is what I love about Toastmasters – I call it “Directed Self-Learning”.  With the Toastmasters learning program, you get the basic information you need for picking up the elements of public speaking and leadership (whether you realize it or not).  In addition, if you desire, you can branch out and discover more about the topics through your own research.  The Toastmasters learning program is a package consisting of instructional materials, a supportive environment, helpful evaluation and the opportunity to “learn by doing.”

Even though you receive direction, it is still “Self-Learning” – you are responsible for how much you learn.  Here is a check-list of items to help you get the most out of your learning:

  1. Be sure you have a mentor within the chapter. 
    • If you do not know who your mentor is, ask the Vice President of Education.
    • If your mentor hasn’t contacted you, contact them!
  2. Start your Path.
    • Be sure that you read through each project — there is a lot of information therein, including the requirements, documentation, evaluation, and other forms.
    • Work with your mentor if you have questions, could use some insight, or need a practice partner.
    • Schedule your speech on the web site’s weekly meeting sign up. This is a good way to commit to yourself that you will speak.
    • Print your evaluation form and bring it with you to the meeting.
    • Give your speech, review your evaluation, and log into Pathways to finish out your project.
    • To keep your momentum, start reading your next project right away and continue through the projects and levels.
  3. Be consistent.
    This is perhaps the most important element. It is best to speak on a regular basis. This helps increase your skills and build confidence. When you wait a long time between speeches, you can forget what you have learned and might have to work harder than you might otherwise.
    • It is recommended to speak at least once a month, or perhaps on a 6- or 8-week schedule — whatever works best for you.
    • Consider making a list of prospective titles or topics for several speeches and putting them on the calendar in advance!
Scheduling your speeches in advance is a way of making a commitment to yourself.

Remember, it is YOUR learning program. Make sure you get the best out of it — for you!