Circle of Gold
Experience the Power of Circle of Gold
How does it work?
Circle of Gold(COG) is a peer mentoring group that supports people who want to improve their speaking and evaluation skills. Circle of Gold has a workshop focus that helps about 8-10 participants become better speakers, evaluators, and leaders. It works at every level of expertise and every phase of developing a speech. COG can be a supplement to a Toastmaster program or other program, can be short term or long term, depending on the needs of the participants.
You can download the guide document below.
Circle of Gold groups can work on Toastmaster speeches, contest speeches, speeches for work, community and have a beginner, experienced or professional focus.
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Form different types of groups:
- Small groups with participants who have a variety of experience
- Small groups with mainly beginning speakers
- Accelerated groups for experienced or professional speakers
- Groups to help speech contestants hone their speeches
- Special focus groups such as learning humor, storytelling or motivational speeches
Whether you are working on your very first speech, brainstorming a speech idea, creating a story, learning how to deliver effectively, or honing a great speech, a Circle of Gold group helps participants take their skills to the next level.
Circle of Gold Core Team
Darlene Davies, DTM
D42 Circle of Gold Resource, leading Circles of Gold since 2004
Val Erickson, DTM
Circle of Gold promoter
Geetha Nicodemus, DTM
Circle of Gold logistics, Leader of Saturday Circle of Gold
Nandini Venkatesan, DTM
Circle of Gold feedback team leader
Brad Korbo, DTM
Circle of Gold promoter in Division B
Mary Jane McGrath
Launched and led Circle of Gold in Regina from 2013 to 2017, now retired
Do you want to start your own?
Visit any of these groups to see how they function. Contact D42circleofgold@d42tm.org to make arrangements.
Saturday Circle of Gold – open group from January to May.
These seasoned Toastmasters focus on improving their writing and delivery for speeches at Toastmasters, work, or community as well as speech contests.
Timings: 9:30 to 11:30
Innovate Calgary / Alastair Ross Technology Centre, 3553-31 St NW.
Leader: Geetha Nicodemus
Division B Circle of Gold – Regina – open group.
The participants focus on honing speeches for Toastmasters, work, professional, community as well as Division B contestants.
Leader: Kevin Safinuk
Literally Speaking Circle of Gold –open to club members.
The participants focus on honing speech writing and delivery for the club, work, community or speech contests. They meet for one hour at noon on a different day than the club meeting, every two weeks, from Jan to mid-April. The final meeting is a two to three-hour speech workshop and celebration.
Leader: Darlene Davies
Circle of Gold for Division and District contestants – by invitation.
These groups focus on supporting Division speech contestants to help them prepare for the Division contests, improve speech delivery and gain confidence. They meet after the Area contests and before the Division contest and support their Division winners all the way on their contest journey.
Division Circle of Gold Coordinators
- Division A : vacant
- Division B : Kevin Safinuk
- Division C : Josephine Choy
- Division D (Area 2 and 12): vacant
- Division D (Area 8 and 23): Gail Maitland
- Division E : Darlene Davies
- Division F : Laura Chambers
All the best in your journey!