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Spirited Speech Masters and guests honor Dr. Farzana Chohan

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:

Special Guest: Dr. Farzana Chohan

We are pleased to announce that we will have a special guest speaker for our next meeting, Dr. Farzana Chohan. Dr. Chohan is a Distinguished Toastmaster and author of the book entitled Leadership IN Women: Connect … Inspire … Thrive, focused upon the unique strengths that women often bring to bear as leaders. We hope you will be able to join us for this very special opportunity!

Dr. Farzana Chohan is a leader focused on 21st century thought Leadership. She believes in the enabling power of Leadership IN Women all around us and wants the world to recognize this concept.  Dr. Chohan has a wide range of leadership experiences working with unique human beings.  Mentoring and Leadership are at the forefront of her practice and research, and her leadership journey has highlighted the importance of connecting the leadership and communication concepts for humans who are interconnected, regardless of cultural or geographical differences.

Dr. Chohan wants to take this world to the next level of connectivity in 21st century. An author and speaker, her credentials include Doctor of Management (ABD), District 8 Director, Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), and the Presidential Citation Award, TI 2017.

You can watch an interview of Dr. Chohan by Innovation City below:

Increase Retention and New Member Involvement with a Welcome Packet

Toastmasters thrives on the perspectives provided by the introduction of new members. For more experienced members, however, it can be easy to forget what it’s like to experience Toastmasters for the first time. Practices that may seem to need no introduction for the veteran may appear entirely foreign to the recent inductee. This indeliberate thoughtlessness can lead to frustration and early burnout, resulting in the needless loss of what might otherwise have been an enthusiastic addition to your club. In an effort to combat this phenomenon, we recently created a New Member Welcome Packet that provides a starting point along the path to a successful journey in Toastmasters.

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Pathways Orientation

Please check out this Event – it is a Zoom call for a Pathways Bootcamp – telling you how to get around in “Basecamp,” the Learning Management System that Pathways is built on.  The call will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4th at 7PM.  You can attend from the comfort of your own home.  

If you have the time to participate in this call, I think you will find it highly manageable for navigating the Pathways online system.