Next meeting, Wednesday 27 May at 7:30pm

How quickly time flies! Our second May meeting is here AND we just a few short days away from winter. Brrrr. The next South Coast Speakers Toastmasters will be held on Wednesday 27 May at the (lovely and warm) San Remo Hotel. Join us at 7:30pm for the meeting or earlier for dinner beforehand.

Toastmaster of the year
Do you know of someone that has gone above and beyond at South Coast Speakers Toastmasters in the last year? If so, considering nominating them for our club’s Toastmaster of the Year award. The award recognises dedication, performance and club involvement (including such things as attending meetings, bringing guests and competing in competitions). For more information please speak with Brigitte or Heather.

Committee nominations
Would you like to join the South Coast Speakers committee? Being a committee member provides a great opportunity to increase your leadership skills and helps our small club to remain active and dynamic. To register your interest, please speak with any of the current committee members. We would love to hear from you!

Our last meeting… (a quick recap)
Our last meeting was small in numbers but big in laughter. We heard from some entertaining speakers and indulged in a very humourous table topics session – complete with props and a strange array of accents. Brigitte gave us a wild west accent (via Swizerland and Australia), Ian did his best Sheriff impression and Heather introduced us to her showgirl alter ego!  If you missed the meeting, you can get a taste of the fun that was had in the following photos:

IMG_2011 Heather in 1920 costume

Next meeting, Wednesday 13 May at 7:30pm

Next Meeting:
Brrr! It’s cold and windy outside but we can guarantee that it will be toasty and warm at the San Remo Hotel this Wednesday. The meeting will kick off at 7:30pm or you can meet earlier for a meal or drink.

Special Meeting:Toastmasters
A Master Class by the current World Champion of Public Speaking – Dananjaya Hettiarachchi will be held this June. Listen as Dananjaya presents his winning speech ‘I See Something’ and learn the skills required to craft and deliver a speech like a world champion!

The event is open to all members and guests for just $29 per head, which includes a 20 page booklet personally signed by Dananjaya and a chance to win a one hour online coaching session with him. How awesome would your next speech be if you could get Dananjaya to coach you, even for an hour? There will be limited places available on a first come first serve basis, and seats are limited to 100 and selling quickly. The event is bought to you by ‘I Can Do Words’ (David Hughes) in association with Toastmasters Clubs from Frankston and Bass Divisions.

Here are the details:
Wednesday 10th June
Education Centre Austin Tower
145 Studley Road, Heidelberg Vic 3085
6.30pm – 9.00pm
To register, email David at: ICanDoWords@gmail.com

Our last meeting:
South Coast Speakers Toastmasters received great feedback from both our Area and Division Governors at our last meeting. Like any good evaluation, our special guests had a couple of small recommendations for our club:

Competent Leadership Manuals
The Governors encouraged all members to complete their Competent Leadership manuals. These manuals not only help us to become better leaders but their completion helps to maintain a positive reputation for our club. We were advised that there will be changes to the educational program of Toastmasters within the next 2 years. Thankfully there will also be plenty of transition time to get where we want to be with our Toastmaster achievements (e.g. completing the manuals that we are currently working on, etc.)

Speech & Evaluation Tips
Each speech should consist of an opening, body and conclusion no matter If its a Table Topic, a prepared speech or an evaluation. When evaluating speeches, always use the third person rather than ‘you’, as otherwise the audience can feel left out.

Tasmania Convention:
The Tasmania Toastmasters Convention will be held between 15 – 17th May 2015.
Here are some details: http://d73.toastmasters.org.au/annual-toastmasters-convention-may-2015/