Monday, August 8, 2011

Just Joking - A simple answer

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson went on a camping trip. After a good meal, they lay down for the night and went to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes awoke and nudged his faithful friend. Holmes said: “Watson, look up and tell me what you see”.

Watson said: “I see a fantastic panorama of countless stars”.

Holmes: “And what does that tell you?”

Watson pondered for a moment: “Astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful and that we are small and insignificant. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow.”

“Why? – What does it tell you, Holmes?”

Holmes was silent for a moment then spoke: “Someone has stolen our tent.”

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A camping we will go

Join us around the campfire Tuesday night. We have an exciting evening in store for you!

 President Tim will be our Camp leader. Maureen will warm us up with some fun table topics and Doug (our camp jokester) will leave us laughing.

Sandy will take a big Toastmaster  step and deliver her icebreaker!

 James will deliver speech #10 and become Speak for Success’s first Competent Communicator of the year!

Christine N will entertain us with a ‘What not to do’ speech.

 Our formal speech part of the evening will wrap up with a guest speaker Heidi Wallis, from the Stouffville Toastmaster club.

We hope you’ll be there to support our members as they take big steps and accomplish big goals in Toastmasters.

"If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the tent."

Friday, August 5, 2011

Ready, Set, Vegas!

Susan Lamb-Robinson entertaining a Speak for Success audience (Photo by Nick  Bicanic)

At the invitation of our Immediate Past President, Annette Lavigne I attended one of my first out of town Toastmaster's meetings last night.

We made the long trek (with Annette driving) to Mississauga to hear one of District 86's most dynamic speakers. Being new to Toastmasters I had never before heard Susan Lamb-Robinson, but boy did I want to! In the Toastmaster world she has earned herself a reputation as a gifted and talented speaker.

Last night's time was well spent!

Susan awed and inspired the audience with two amazing speeches. She stood and delivered her message with poise and confidence.

Susan says  “In my speeches, 60 per cent is aimed at making the audience laugh and 40 per cent is the inspirational message. Touch their hearts and tickle their funny bones, that's the secret."

If that was what she was aiming for, she accomplished her goal last evening.

Both speeches took the audience on a roller coaster  ride of emotion. She made us laugh, she made us cry, she gave us hope and inspired us.

There was a full house last night, filled  mainly with Susan supporters. Susan made each and every one of us feel important. She spoke to all of us and yet all of us left with the feeling that she was speaking directly to 'me'. 

Leaving the audience with that kind of feeling takes talent!
I know now why she is District 86's  'Chosen One'.

In a few short weeks Susan will be leaving on a jet plane headed straight for Vegas. There she will represent our District in the Semi-Finals for the chance to compete for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.

I have no doubt that Susan will make us proud.

Christine Nayler, C.C..
VP of Public Relations
To read more about Susan Lamb-Robinson's road to Vegas' click here

Thursday, August 4, 2011

and I quote - Happiness

“Happiness comes from counting our blessings, appreciating little things – a flower by a stream, seagulls circling over the ocean, laughter of little children, a call from a friend, a challenge met. Happiness comes from celebrating the moment - not waiting for all our problems to be solved. Happiness comes from cultivating a thankful heart.”

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Talking to Toastmasters - Lori Lococo

Lori Lococo, DTM
1. Name: Lori Lococo

2. Occupation: Legal Administrator

3. Why/when did you join Toastmasters? I was afraid of public speaking and speaking to large groups of people. Joined in September 2001.

4. What do you most enjoy about being a Toastmaster? I love to watch the growth in my fellow Toastmasters.

5. How has what you have learned at Toastmasters helped you in your personal and/or professional life? I can't imagine my life without Toastmasters. I have completed changed. Toastmasters has offered me opportunities that I have never dreamed about.

6. Share a memorable Toastmaster moment. Inaugural District 86 Toastmasters District Governor.

7. What Toastmaster designation/s do you hold? DTM

8. What positions have you held in Toastmasters? District 86 Governor, District 60 Lieutenant Governor Education and Training, Division L Governor, Area 37 Governor, all club executive roles.

9. What Toastmaster accomplishment are you most proud of? Inaugural District 86 Toastmasters District Governor.

10. What would you like to say to someone thinking about joining Toastmasters? Toastmasters changes lives. Whatever reason you have thought about Toastmasters, it will fit the bill. Please come out and visit a Toastmaster club. Find one that fits you.