Secrets of Preparing for Fall Contests

Confidence comes from feeling prepared. Are you thinking about entering the Table Topics and Evaluation contests but nervous about competing? This interactive workshop will give you the tips and secrets that will help you feel more confident. See how it works as mock contestants try out the tips and listen to advice from the feedback team. The workshop will be led by Darlene Davies and the Circle of Gold Core Team and hosted by CATS. Secrets of champions – just for you.

Join us on Monday, October 1, 2018 at Brentwood COOP. See the Events page to find out more details. Note date was changed from Sept 24 to Oct 1.

COG at CATS 2017 – So much fun!

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Circle of Gold Celebrates Outstanding Year

What an outstanding year for Circle of Gold! Now there is a COG in every Division. Some of the nearly 80 volunteers in Calgary and Southern Alberta celebrated in a potluck supper and awards night in Calgary on June 23, 2018.

Russ Dantu, our District Champion, presented his winning speech and of course everyone there had to give him feedback! There were two District level Circles of Gold, one in Regina and one in Calgary for every District 42 contestant who wanted to participate. Feedback from the audience said this was an amazing contest year!

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Circle of Gold is Here To Stay in Division A

A strong showing of division contestants and feedback volunteers resulted in a wonderful learning experience on March 29, 2018 in the Division A Circle of Gold at Fluor. Thank you to Fluor Communicators and MVP Advanced Toastmasters for the beautiful facility and support for this meeting.

Four International Speech contestants and one Evaluation contestant participated. Several other area winners came to offer ideas with the feedback team of over seven seasoned Toastmasters. We laughed, we cried, we danced, and we reflected on strong messages throughout the delivery of the speeches. Suggestions using the guidelines of “Content, Voice and Body” directed the feedback comments to be specific and detailed. We all witnessed advice that was thoughtful, organized and well received by speakers.

Statements about the evening include:

“Once it gets rolling, the enthusiasm is infectious, and we just can’t stop ourselves from saying something and being as helpful as we possibly can.”

“Great evening of learning and some key feedback to make my speech better…greatly appreciated.”

“I just wanted to thank you again for organizing the Circle of Gold last night and inviting me to attend.”

“It was a wonderful learning experience and it’s going to help me make my speech even better for the next level. I hope these sessions continue in the future.”

“Thank you to all the contestants and volunteers who gave of their night to be a part of improving the presentations at our Division A Contest! The cheerfully given support and high energy certainly creates better speakers, evaluators and leaders in a friendly environment. The concept of Circle of Gold provides many hidden benefits and makes our members stronger on and off the competition stage.”

“The experience is fun and worthwhile for competitors and supporters alike.”

Circle of Gold is here to stay in Division A!
By Christina Kruis, Division A Circle of Gold Coordinator

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Circle of Gold and Pathways

Wouldn’t it be great to work with a group of other keen members in a Circle of Gold to learn and understand Pathways?

Participants could focus on understanding Base Camp … or focus on a Path(s)… or support members who want to achieve their DTM’s in the traditional program before the transition period ends in June/July 2020. Or any combination of those! The beauty of Circle of Gold peer mentoring is its ability to adapt to support and meet the needs of the participants!

All it takes is a few people who want to help each other develop and hone their skills in a chosen focus area. Exciting new possibilities!

Submitted by Darlene Davies


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More Tips to Memorize your speech

More tips to memorize a speech was discussed at the 17 Feb 2018 Saturday Circle of Gold session. Three new contestants presented their speeches.  We learned that nothing beats the power of practice, practice and practice, of any speech.   Have you heard about the power of 21? One of our speakers’ practices the speech 21 times once she knows it is ready for delivery.

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Gold Coins for Division A

by Darlene Davies

Nearly 40 people received gold coins (chocolate) at the Circle of Gold Workshop at the Division A COT training in the Lutheran Church of Our Saviour on Feb 10, 2018.

Led by Darlene Davies and Nandini Venkatesan, the theme was learning, experiencing and sharing the power of Circle of Gold. Our guest speaker, Lina, shared her draft speech; heard suggestions from the feedback team, Nandini, and two volunteers; and then redid the opening and closing using the suggestions. What a difference! Participants enthusiastically agreed to share what they learned with a resounding Halleluiah.

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Tips to Memorize your speech

Saturday Circle of Gold session started on 10 Feb, 2018 with discussions on how to memorize a speech.  Chris reminded us of the age-old trick of selecting items in a room and associating or interacting with this item with parts of your speech. Tip and techniques will be discussed at the next session.  Two of our contestants were ready with the first draft of their speech which they read out for feedback on content.

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Show and Tell

Val Erickson and Geetha N presented a COG session at the Mega TLI held at Evergreen Community Spaces on Feb 3, 2018.  It was a show-and-tell session where Christal Reed delivered a speech, got feedback from an evaluation team (Cheryl Dust, Nandini Venkatesan, Catherine Secundiak), worked on her feedback and delivered it again after 12 minutes! And what a show that was!

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