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NEWSLETTER

December 09

Power Speakers of MCG

July – December 2009 Officers President – Paul Johnson, CC VP Education – Sharon Tarman VP Membership – Stephanie Moreland, CC VP Public Relations – Mary Moeller, CC, CL Chairman Marketing Comm. – Renee Isom Secretary – Becky Cresswell Treasurer – Rossina Leider, CC Sergeant at Arms – Mike Hilleshiem

Toastmasters District 47, Division F, Area 61 Club #1197988 www.Toastmastersd47.org Manatee County Government 12/8/2009


December 7, 2009 Fellow Members and Guests, This is my last newsletter as being the VP of Public Relations. Simone Peterson will be the VP Public Relations from January 2010 to June 2010. Simone is working on getting a better website for the Toastmaster Power Speakers of MCG. Keep your eye out on the Intranet. Here is the selected Officers for 2010…. President – Allen Bentley VP Education – Sharon Tarman VP Membership – Mary Moeller VP Public Relations – Simone Peterson Secretary – Becky Cresswell Treasurer – Rossina Leider Sergeant at Arms - Michael Hilleshiem To all the past Officers, It was definitely a challenge and thank you for accepting these roles in Toastmasters. Each one of you did a great job! Since this is my last newsletter, I would like to thank everyone who reads the newsletter. It was a challenge and I really enjoyed publishing it. The newsletter will keep going and it will get better and better as we progress in Toastmasters. I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a safe New Year! Enjoy reading and if you have any questions, please email me at mary.moeller@mymanatee.org. Mary Moeller, CC, CL VP Public Relations

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1st Week of November Theme: “Selling Your Idea” Toastmaster: Deborah Carey-Reed Invocation: Stephanie Moreland Word of the Day: “Conflate” By: Elizabeth Jones Humorist: N/A Table Topic Master: Simone Peterson General Evaluator: Lana Gostkowski

WINNER Best Table Topic: Becky Cresswell Best Speaker: Becky Cresswell Best Evaluator: Simone Peterson

“What Did You Do With Today” Becky Cresswell

2nd Week of November Theme: “The Right Words… Right Now”

Toastmaster: Becky Cresswell Invocation: Simone Peterson Word of the Day: “Organize” By Renee Isom Humorist: Simone Peterson Table Topic Master: Stephanie Moreland General Evaluator: Becky Cresswell

“Beware of the Yugimon Island” Mary Moeller

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WINNER Best Table Topic: Renee Isom Best Speaker: Mary Moeller Best Evaluator: Simone Peterson


3rd Week of November Theme: Cancelled due to United Way Luncheon

Toastmaster: Invocation: Word of the Day: By Humorist: Table Topic Master: General Evaluator:

WINNER Best Table Topic: Best Speaker: Best Evaluator:

4th Week of November Theme: “Being under Pressure”

Toastmaster: Becky Cresswell Invocation: Simone Peterson Word of the Day: “Explode” By Becky Cresswell Humorist: Becky Cresswell Table Topic Master: Allen Bentley General Evaluator: N/A “Life in the Flat Ford” Allen Bentley “Coup” Rossina Leider

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WINNER Best Table Topic: Simone Peterson Best Speakers: Rossina Leider and Allen Bentley Best Evaluator: n/a


From Power Speakers of Manatee County Government

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year !!

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MEMBER PROFILE

ELIZABETH JONES

How long have you worked for Manatee County? I have worked for Manatee County for 32 years. Who do you work for? I work for Public Safety. How long have you been a member of Toastmasters? I have been a member for 7 months. Why did you join Toastmasters? I was influenced by Renee Isom after she informed me of the many learning opportunities Toastmasters offered on becoming a great speaker. What do you like about the Club? What I like about Toastmasters club is the people; everyone is very caring. Everyone helps each other. There is no derogatory criticism. I also love the speeches that are given. What is your Goal? My Goal is to become a confident speaker and be able to professionally speak in any type of setting or atmosphere at anytime. Any awards received or working on? I have no award as of yet but I am working on becoming a Competent Communicator. Why should employees join the Toastmasters? Employees should join Toastmasters to build confidence in themselves and learn new ways on how to speak effectively. It’s also a great way to meet new employees.

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MEMBER PROFILE

DEBORAH CAREY-REED

How long have you worked for Manatee County? 28 Years. Who do you work for? Financial Management / Purchasing Division

How long have you been a member of Toastmasters? Joined in July. Why did you join Toastmasters? To build confidence in my oral communication. What do you like about the Club? The camaraderie among the members along with the enthusiasm and experience of the seasoned members. The relaxed atmosphere during the meeting provides the opportunity for you to be open with your weaknesses in order to easily receive the training and practice (as well as encouragement) to become an effective communicator. What is your Goal? To become more comfortable and confident in my communication with others. Especially those I don’t know; and to become a more efficient listener. Any awards received or working on? Striving for my first - Competent Toastmaster! Why should employees join the Toastmasters? Chrysler Corp CEO, Lee Lacocca, said “ You can have brilliant ideas, but if you can’t get them across, your ideas won’t get you anywhere”. We all have something to say at one time or another, rather personally or professionally; and we would want our intent to be understood and our words remembered, so why not join Toastmasters and enhance our communication skills.

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Technical Briefings Steps for success! The technical briefing is a no-nonsense speech that conveys technical information to a critical audience. The briefing is the most common kind of speech presented in today’s workplace. There are various formats for briefings, but most are speeches to inform. Briefings provide and explain important facts in a way that allows the audience to quickly grasp and understand how to apply those facts. Examples include: An engineer briefs a group of managers on a current project. A research scientist reports on recent findings. A marketing executive presents a briefing on a product test. A line manager briefs a division chief on production progress. A supervisor explains a new company policy to subordinates. A lobbyist briefs lawmakers on the expected impact of proposed legislation. Follow these steps to succeed with your technical briefing: Know your audience in advance so that you use appropriate levels of technical material and jargon. You don’t want to waste anyone’s time by being too difficult to understand or too boring. State the purpose of your presentation in a single sentence. This sentence will serve as the focal point for your entire presentation, and should recur throughout your talk. For most technical briefings, assembling enough support material is far less of a problem than whittling down a vast amount of material to a manageable amount. Try to select only three or four primary points that support your main message, and state each one in a single sentence. To finish your briefing, summarize the main points you’ve presented, and include any conclusions you have made clear in relation to them. Arrange your material into an outline containing an introduction, body and conclusion. State your main message early in the speech, reinforce it throughout the briefing, then restate it in your conclusion. Whether you’re selling cookware in a department store or explaining research results to a group of geneticists, these basic steps remain the same. Your audiences – whoever they are – will appreciate the clarity and focus of your excellent technical briefing.

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We invite you to come visit us. We have the meeting every Friday from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Public Works Building at 1022 26th Ave E. We have a lot of fun and listen to speeches and evaluations. We find this to be a beneficial learning environment.

“We are a group of people brought together to do things we could not do alone.” - Johnny Uy, 2006-2007

2006-2007 International President Johnny Uy Johnny Uy, DTM, served as Toastmasters International President for the year 2006-2007. He was elected in August 2006 during the annual International Convention in Washington, D.C. A dedicated Toastmaster for 18 years, Uy has served as an officer in Toastmasters at various levels. He has advanced through many positions in his professional career as well. As CEO of Pawe Goup Inc., a company with diversified business interests in his native country, the Philippines, he makes good use of his Toastmasters skills. His motto for his term in office is “Toastmasters: Simply Amazing!” He lives with his wife, Irene, in Cebu City. They have four children.

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Officer Training – Again! What’s in it for you? Are you a club officer? If so, are you planning to attend midyear officer training in December or January? No? Think the training won’t benefit you? Please think again – and read on to see what unexpected benefits training can offer. Even veteran officers find numerous reasons to attend. If you already plan to be there – great! Here’s a sample of what everyone can gain from this enlightening and helpful event. Learn Something New The initial benefits of midyear training – or “second training” to some – should be obvious to anyone assuming an officer role for the first time in January. You attend to learn about your role. As technology and resources change, officer roles can be affected. Even veteran officers might need to learn new procedures, functions or processes. For example, officers of clubs using FreeToastHost.org have seen their responsibilities adjust to the increasing functionality offered by the free online Web site. Remember and Reflect Officer roles are multifaceted. Many times, these positions involve behind-the-scenes work seldom realized or appreciated by members. Rarely do we do everything we’re supposed to during our first six months in a role – maybe not even in a whole year. Midyear training allows you to check in with others about all the duties involved in your position and to think about ways to handle them. It can also be an opportunity to reflect on the first six months. How did you do? What went well, and what could be improved? Our lives are so busy – who isn’t multitasking these days? This session offers that time to focus on your officer contribution and process what’s happened so far. Share Challenges and Successes For club officers gathered at the training event, the group dynamic is very useful. Edward Chen, of District 67 in Taipei, Taiwan, says, “The main purpose is to share what they have experienced in the past half-year and find solutions for the problem or difficulties they are facing.” What are some best practices employed by clubs? What activities or approaches have other clubs tried? What are some lessons learned that could benefit you or others? By hearing about best practices or activities that didn’t work, officers can quickly add to their portfolio of initiatives. And it’s nice to know that you’re not alone in some of the challenges you’re facing. Socialize and Network Many people go for the social aspect of training. It’s an opportunity to meet new people or connect with other members in a new way. You can also network to help recruit participants for your club meetings. Chen says, “Both the first and the second officer trainings also serve as fellowship meetings for district and club officers. The meetings offer them opportunities to make friends with the officers from all over the country. This is very helpful in fulfilling their jobs, as they may [then] know many capable and experienced Toastmasters from other clubs who they can invite to their clubs to serve ... in the regular meetings or as judges in their speech contests.” You might hear about other speaking opportunities or recruit speakers for meetings and contests. You might even learn about something beyond Toastmasters, such as a job opportunity.

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A Goal for the New Year: Conquer your Fear! Setting Toastmasters Goals for 2010

Yes, it’s that time again – time to promise yourself you’ll shed a few pounds, restart your exercise program and finally finish reading that Tolstoy novel you’ve been working on for the past few years. As a Toastmaster, you’re probably thinking about setting a few New Year’s resolutions for yourself or your club. While we heartily encourage you to do so (Finish that CC! Encourage everyone to help your club earn that DCP award!), we’d like to offer some advice on how to make your 2010 resolutions stick: Write them down. The simple act of committing your New Year’s resolutions to paper (or to an electronic document, if you prefer) will help you remember them and act upon them later. Ideas that stay trapped in your mind don’t have the staying power of ideas that pass through your hands onto a document of some sort. The idea here is really just to perform the act of writing down your goals more than to create a reminder for future reading, though if you happen to write it down in a place where you’ll retrieve it and read it later, so much the better. Pace yourself. Divide your goals into smaller, easily achievable steps, then spread these sub-goals as evenly as possible throughout the year. For example, if you want to complete your CC by the end of 2010, and you’ve only completed four projects, you’ll find it easier if you set yourself the goal of completing one of your remaining speeches every two months. Schedule them. Once you’ve decided on a pace you can live with (one manual speech per month? one new member every other meeting?), mark your specific goal dates on a calendar, and do your best to achieve those goals. Share your goals with others. If you tell your family, friends and fellow Toastmasters about your goals and aspirations for the year, you will create your own personal team of well-wishers who will provide you with the encouragement and motivation to get the job done on time. Set attainable goals. Don’t be too hard on yourself. Before you set yourself up for disappointment, make sure you’re being realistic about what you can comfortably achieve in a year’s time. It’s much better to set yourself an attainable goal and surpass it than to set the bar too high and become discouraged. Whatever your New Year’s goals may be, remember that you don’t have to do it alone. Your fellow Toastmasters are there to help, and many of them have already walked the path you’re walking now. So don’t be shy – ask for help if you need it, and before you know it, you’ll have the courage to conquer the next year’s resolutions.

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