Chart Your Future!
Save the date – District 60’s annual Conference will be held on Saturday May 13. This will be an all-day, hybrid event, so you can choose to join us at our downtown in-person venue, or online.
Our conference theme will be “Chart Your Future”, and you can look forward to a packed agenda that will celebrate members who have steered their course to success and helped others achieve their goals, as well as the District finals of the International Speech Contest, the announcement of our 2022-23 Communication and Leadership Award recipient, and innovative learning opportunities that will help you chart your future.
If you would like to volunteer as an organising committee member, please contact our Conference Chair, Carrie Webster.
More details to be published in January.
We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
R. Buckminster Fuller
Contests are back!
After a hiatus of 6 years and 4 years respectively, the Table Topics and Evaluation contests are back!
Join as a contestant (there are no prerequisites for Table Topics and Evaluation contests), help out as an official (check out the Speech Contests menu item under the Resources tab above) or simply enjoy and support your fellow club members as they have fun inspiring each other as they hone their skills in competition.
As per the schedule below, clubs can hold any type of contest i.e. online, hybrid, in-person. Area contests will be online only, and Division & District contests are currently scheduled to be hybrid.
Please note – to compete in the International Speech contest, a participant must either have completed 2 levels of any one path in the Pathways educational curriculum or earned a DTM. Having completed the first 6 speeches in the CC manual from the legacy program no longer qualifies a member to compete.
Using Prepared Speeches for Career Success – Panel Discussion
Senior management of a corporation will often ask its workforce to improve communication skills. Communicating effectively and with confidence is highly valued in the workplace. Prepared speeches at Toastmasters are a great way to learn to present a message that is simple yet effective and impactful, one that will differentiate you in the workplace.
At the Using Prepared Speeches for Career Success – Panel Discussion hosted by District 60 on September 26, 2022, the following three topics were discussed:
- Benefits of Giving Prepared Speeches to Career Success:
- How to make speeches less effort and more fun
- How to make Pathways works for you
The distinguished panel comprised of the following:
- Andrew Mertens, DTM, District 60 Director
- John Ribeiro, DTM, Certified Leadership Coach
- Mthabisi Mhlanga, Winner of District 60 2022 International Speech Contest and Quarter-finalist at the 2022 World Champion of Public Speaking.
The panellists shared many personal career success stories which they felt were due to the skills learned through prepared speeches. The overarching message was: If we are at Toastmasters to learn to communicate effectively and with confidence in the workplace, then it is important that we give as many prepared speeches as possible.