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
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
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.
by Darlene Davies
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.
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.
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!