Spirited Speech Masters and guests honor Dr. Farzana Chohan

7 Hand Gestures You Should Be Using

Charismatic speakers often use hand gestures to reinforce their intended message. Here is a short (7 minute) video showing seven different hand gestures you can incorporate when speaking.

Learn more about the effective use of hand gestures when speaking at 20 Hand Gestures You Should Be Using.

About the Author: Vanessa Van Edwards is a national best-selling author and behavioral investigator with the web site Science of People.

2019.05.16 Weekly Window

Despite a lower-than-average turnout this week, we still managed to hold a fun and inspirational meeting. Joann served as Toastmaster of the Day as well as speaker, delivering a speech from the Successful Club Series: Creating the Best Club Climate, which enumerated several ways that we can improve the quality of our chapter meetings, including:

  • Making a good impression
  • Welcoming guests
  • Showing new members we care

The completion of this speech counts toward the Advanced Leader Bronze award from the Advanced Leadership curriculum that pre-dates Pathways.

Loni volunteered as this week’s Grammarian, offering up a pair of antonymous idioms as this week’s “Word of the Day”: rose-colored glasses and jaundiced eye.

Allison served as this week’s Table Topics Master, prompting members with several great questions. Loni talked about wanting to develop her graphic design skills, being primarily self-taught. Naureen shared stories of growing up in Pakistan, climbing mango trees and chasing chickens. And Tina split our sides with an anecdote about beginning her journey as an aspiring ballerina by managing to get her head stuck between the mirror and wall-mounted bar of the dance studio where she was enrolled.

Next week, we look forward to welcoming back several currently vacationing members and hope to see you there, as well!

  • Best Table Topics: Loni
  • Most Improved Speaker: Tina

Looking back at District Conference

For a myriad of reasons, many members of Toastmasters have yet to attend a District Conference, an annual event wherein members are encouraged to celebrate achievements, network with one another, and learn strategies for chapter development. The annual conference for District 56 was held last weekend, and three of our long-time members — Dawn, Joann, and Sally — all chose to attend, each for varying amounts of time. I asked them to share about their experiences to give the rest of us an idea of what to expect when we become First Timers ourselves.

Left to Right: Sally, Dawn, and Joann pose beside a sign for this year’s #MyWhy campaign.
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Toastmasters International Honors Shibu Varghese

The event on May 2, 2019 honoring Shibu Varghese and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center was a resounding success with great turn-out and several inspired speeches. Thanks to all of those in attendance, including Dan Rex, CEO of Toastmasters International, and Sheryle Warren, District Director for District 56. Thank you also to members of the Destined for Excellence and Spirited Speech Masters who contributed to the event’s success and smooth operation.

Congratulations again to Shibu Varghese, Senior VP of People and Business and Chief HR Officer to M.D. Anderson. Your continued support of the employee education and development provided by Toastmasters is greatly appreciated!

Here are a few of the photographs that were taken at the event:

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