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Spirited Speech Masters and guests honor Dr. Farzana Chohan

New Sergeant-at-Arms and Broken Ice

After several months without someone to serve as Sergeant-at-Arms, we are happy to announce that this Executive Leadership role has been filled by one of our newest members, Luke.

Luke receiving a Sergeant-at-Arms pin from President Joann

Also, congratulations to Allison upon delivering her Ice Breaker speech!

Sally and Allison, both with big smiles of relief on their faces! 🙂

I hope you will be able to join us next week when I will be serving as Toastmaster-of-the-Day!

Spark Joy in Your Listeners by Decluttering Your Speech

There are few instances in life where being “overqualified” is a true problem, but overqualifying your writing or speech can actually lessen its impact, causing others to subconsciously or overtly question your credibility. Check out this great post from GrammarCheck.net which reviews 20 Clutter Words & Phrases we use too often:

How Being Uncomfortable Can Improve Your Speeches

Stories of discomfort can be
both relatable and endearing

In the first episode of their Pixar Storytelling Rules series, Bloop Animation discusses one of the more popular arc narratives — a character finding himself outside of his comfort zone — as exemplified by Woody of Toy Story 1 and Ratatouille, the murine protagonist from the film of the same name.

This type of story works well because — while we as people generally enjoy feeling comfortable, we can easily identify with what it feels like to find oneself thrust into a new and unfamiliar situation, often where the skills upon which we have come to rely are either less effective or stretched to their limits. Retelling personal stories of this nature can also provide an opportunity for self deprecation, a technique which exposes vulnerability and can help a speaker endear oneself to their audience. So next time you’re looking to include a narrative in your speech, look for opportunities to share your own less than comfortable experiences.

Visiting with Dr. Farzana Chohan, DTM

Thank you to everyone who turned out on Thursday to hear Dr. Farzana Chohan speak about the ways she has benefitted from her experience in Toastmasters. Like many long time members, Dr. Chohan emphasized the wonderful people she has met and the life-long relationships she has formed as a result of her making the decision all those years ago to invest in herself.

A special thank you to the three visiting dignitaries who were also in attendance:

  • Pamela McCown, DTM, Past International Director
  • Kathy Kest, DTM, District 56 Director
  • Rose Bradford, DTM, District 56 Program Quality Director
  • Jo Idoux, DTM, District 56 Club Growth Director

You can follow Farzana on any one of the following social media platforms:

Here are a few photographs Usamah and I took of the event: