What Do You Stand For?

Symphony of Love (32328009816_ecfdb0964e_c)Join us this Tuesday for another meeting filled with laughter and learning. Our theme will be “What Do You Stand For?” and we will share the the social issues that we are passionate about. Derville will be our Toastmaster, Brian will be sharing some tantalising table topcs and we’ll have speeches from Eimear, Miguel and Selina.

See you there!

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 25th April

Where: The Lantern Centre, 17 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here

 

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Next Meeting: International Speech Contest – Round 2

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Next Tuesday Cogito will be hosting the second round of this year’s Toastmasters’ International Speech and Evaluation Contest and the best speakers and evaluators from Cogito, Uncensored Speakers and Vox Populi Toastmasters will be battling it out for a place in the next round.So if you want to see 6 inspirational speeches, 6 insightful evaluations  and meet some of the best speakers in Dublin then come along on Tuesday evening  and join the fun! 

See you there!

When: 7pm, Tuesday 11th April

Where: The Lantern Centre, 15 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here

The Key To a Great Presention: Knowing Your Audience

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The success of every speech and presentation is down to answering one simple question:

Who is it for?

How you answer this question will determine the success of your presentation and the key to giving a great presentation is to be able to answer the one question that every audience member wants answered – what’s in it for me? i.e. why should they listen to you? How will they benefit from your presentation? How are you going to change their lives? You need to make sure that each and every presentation that you give is focused completely on your audience, it’s not about you, it’s about them.

In order to do this effectively you need to learn about the people who will be listening to you:

  • Who are they? What is their age range, gender, profession, cultural background etc.
  • What do they know about your subject? It’s important to pitch your presentation at the right level for the audience, too technical and they’ll be confused, too easy and they’ll get irritable. It’s also likely that you will get a mixed level audience and you will need to cater your presentation for all levels.
  • What are their expectations? Do they expect to be trained, informed, persuaded, motivated or entertained?
  • What is their language ability? Are you speaking to people whose first language isn’t English? Knowing the language level allows you to choose the right words to get your ideas across, you may also need to speak slower and this might mean that you will have to cut down the information you will be covering as it will take longer to say…

Before you write your presentation, ask yourself, who am I speaking to? The more you know, the better your presentation is going to be.

 

If you enjoyed this post then why not try more of our presentation tips:

 

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Embrace Hope At Our Next Meeting

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It’s Spring and with Spring comes change and now is the time to change the way you give presentations, stand up, speak out and take that first step towards being a better speaker by coming along to our next meeting. Wenhui will be our Toastmaster and she has chosen the theme of “Spring Hope”, we’ll have Eimear giving her Icebreaker and a couple of award-winning speakers as well as the always entertaining table topics.

See you there!

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 28th March

Where: The Lantern Centre, 17 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here

 

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The Secret to Helping a Speaker Grow

Hash Milhan (2089058279_19e60328a4_b)Effective evaluations are all down to the recommendations that you give. Your suggestions to your speaker will be the main driving force that helps your evaluatees grow as speakers and become effective communicators.

Tips for Recommendations

  1. Be prepared. Talk to the speaker before the presentation, they will be able to tell you the areas that they want to work on and the areas that they’ve had difficulty with in the past, make sure to look out for these during the speech and find ways to to help the speaker become stronger in those aspects of their presentation.
  2. Focus on how the speaker can get better. For every area of improvement, have a recommendation. And don’t just look at the weak areas of a presentation, also look at the speaker’s strengths, are there areas that could go from good to great and what steps are needed to make that happen?
  3. Be specific. Give detailed instructions on what needs to be done to make the speech stronger and be sure to explain why taking these actions will make the speech better, it adds a lot of value to the speaker if you explain why.
  4. Always give recommendations. You can’t help a speaker improve if you don’t give them recommendations. That can be difficult because you may not want to upset the speaker or because the speaker is very good. Do not worry about upsetting a speaker, they want to improve and they want you to help them. As for good speakers, no speaker is THAT good, there’s always something that can get better, be really picky, if there’s 15 seconds of the presentation that didn’t work for you then concentrate on that.

How Many Recommendations?

Sometimes the effectiveness of an evaluation comes down to the number of recommendations that you give. Naturally the amount of feedback depends on each speaker but a good guide is:

Icebreakers:  1 recommendation
2nd – 5th Speech:  2 recommendations
6th – 10th Speech:  2-3 recommendations

For advanced speakers they will want to know how they can push their speaking to new heights so focus more on recommendations than strengths and give as many suggestions as you can.

Above all else remember the most important rule of all: Always give recommendations!

 

This post is part of our series of tips to help you become a better evaluator. To learn more about evaluating, check out these posts:

 

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Ride the Contest Wave

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Last night we had a great turnout to cheer on our contestants and we had great speeches, insightful evaluations and some very interesting answers to challenging table topics.

And the winners were:

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  1. Victor
  2. Wenhui
  3. Brian
  1. Michelle
  2. Victor

Victor, Wenhui and Michelle will go on to represent the club in the next round of the contest to compete with contestants from Vox Populi and Uncensored Speakers on April 11th at the Lantern Centre.

If you enjoyed last night’s contest then why not try out some of the other contests going on in Dublin:

Club When Where
Vox Populi Wednesday 15th March Mount St Lwr, Dublin 2
Uncensored Speakers Friday 24th March Exchequer St, Dublin 2
Powertalk Monday 20th March Haddington Rd, Dublin 4
Engineers Toastmasters Tuesday 28th March at 20:00 Engineers Ireland, Ballsbridge
The Hellfire Club Tuesday 28th March at 20:00 Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4
Dublin 18 Toastmasters Tuesday 28th March 17 at 20:00 Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown
Dun Laoghaire Toastmasters Monday 27th March at 19:45 Dun Laoghaire
Lucan Toastmasters Thursday 30th March at 20:00 Springfield Hotel, Lucan
Swords Toastmasters Monday 20th March at 8 pm Carnegie Court Hotel – North St. Swords
Bray Toastmasters 27th March 2017 at 20:15 Espanade Hotel, Bray

Round 2 (Area level)

Area When Where
Area 2 7pm, 23rd March Institute of Chartered Accountants, Pearse St
Area 7 7.30pm, 11th April 2017 The Lantern Centre
15 Synge St
Dublin 8
Area 10 28th March 2017 Carlton Hotel, Old Airport Road, Co Dublin
Area 18 10th April 2017 The 51 Bar, Haddington Rd, Dublin 4
Area 54 11th April 17 Clayton Hotel, Leopardstown

Round 3 (Division Level)

Division When Where
Division M – E Ireland Corporate Contest Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 17:00 Tuesday 21st March 2017 at 17:00 TBA
Division C Sunday 9th April 2017 at 12:00 The Regency Hotel, Dublin 9
Division M Sunday 23rd April 2017 Starting at 14:00 Fair Isle Hotel, Naas Rd

Round 4 (District level)

District 71 13-14th May 2017 Worsley Marriott Hotel and Country Club

Round 5 & 6 – International Finals

Semi-finals Tuesday August 23 Vancouver, Canada
World Finals Saturday 26th August Vancouver, Canada

Every Word Matters, Stand Up and Speak

speechcontestEvery year, all across the world, 15,000 Toastmasters clubs hold their annual International Speech and Evaluation contests. Our next meeting will be the first round of a contest that will result in one person being named the World Champion of Public Speaking.

Every contest is adventure for anyone who takes part as you never know how far you might go but there is one thing guaranteed you will be a better speaker and communicator afterwards.

Come along to our contest on March 14th to see some potential World Champions as they eloquently deliver their speeches and charm, inspire and entertain you.

 

When: 7.30pm, Tuesday 14th March

Where: The Lantern Centre, 17 Synge St (click here to see a map)

To sign up or see the agenda of the meeting, click here

 

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