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!

Parliamentary Procedure in Motion

If you missed today’s workshop on Parliamentary Procedure, you missed a treat!!  When we think of Robert’s Rules of order, we think of very formal and strict rules for running a meeting.  [Yawn!] Tamesia Garner’s presentation couldn’t have been more different.  She very clearly focused on the heart of the matter that most people can appreciate.

We received a great handout on constructing a successful meeting agenda entitled, “The Agenda: Don’t Leave Home without It” and detailing a number of different segments that can help a group make the most of their time.

Her second handout — entitled “Getting the Train on the Tracks” — discussed how motions are handled, using a train as a metaphor:

  • Getting the train on the tracks; a motion is made.
  • Can the train go anywhere at this point? The motion is seconded (or not, in which case the train is derailed).
  • Once we are chugging along, what happens next to get us on our journey? The motion is restated and possibly voted upon (at the “Voting Station,” naturally).

Tammy has a humorous and down-to-earth style that you can’t help but appreciate.  At the same time, she is inclusive, sagacious, and a great teacher, ensuring that she thoroughly and completely answered every question asked by the audience members.

Thank you to our members who filled roles today:

  • Sally, Toastmaster
  • Doug, Grammarian (word of the day: sagacious)
  • Loni, Timer for a complex speech

Also to volunteers, Usamah and Paulette!

And thanks to Loni for the yummy refreshments!

One Set of Rules to Rule them All

We will have a special guest this week, Tammy Garner, to speak on Parliamentary Procedure.  This is the formal process of running a meeting that is used by Toastmasters and many other organizations.

Sally will serve as Toastmaster for this special event and — while this will not have the standard format of our usual meetings — we still have a few roles to fill.  We still need a Timer, an Evaluator and a Grammarian (for a word of the day).

We encourage you to share the news with your friends and anyone who might be interested in this topic and come support our guest.

Sally Voted Division Director of the Year

District Director Kathy Kest and Sally

Our Immediate Past President and current Vice President of Education Sally was recently voted Division Director of the Year for District 56! This is a HUGE honor and might not have been possible if Sally hadn’t decided to make the push to achieve the Distinguished Toastmaster educational award. We’re very fortunate to count Sally among our leadership (and membership)! Her attitude toward service is both an asset and an inspiration to us all. Thank you and congratulations, Sally!