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Whats the Buzz # 1937

Fear Learning new skills and becoming more effective are hard work!   Or are they?  Today we learned about ways to inject vocal variety and body language into a speech.  We learned the four levels of conversational communication and we learned that fear is a darkroom where you develop your negatives. Georgina stepped into the role of Toastmaster for today’s meeting and set the theme of fear as a...
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What’s the Buzz Meeting 1936

The Science of Success: Marketing 101 Today at Black Walnut Toastmasters our numbers reflected how much we wish winter was over.  Some of our members are travelling, some had meetings or work to attend to out of town and some were not well or had family that were not well.  Only 12 people showed up for the meeting but what a 12! Toastmaster Matt DiMarco gave us a terrific mini seminar on Marketi...
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Whats the Buzz? Meeting # 1935

Change Our club had three guests this week: June MacDonald who is an former club member, planning to rejoin the BlackWalnut club again in order to complete her Advanced Communicator Bronze, Doris Tuckett  our area 62 director who came to hang out with our club today and Omar Samad  who came to learn about the Black Walnut Toastmasters. Our Toastmaster Gudmundur presented the meeting theme “Chang...
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What’s The Buzz? Meeting # 1934

The International Speech Competition: You are standing in the wings of the stage as you hear the Chair of the Competition announce,  "The next competitor for the World Championship of public speaking is . . . ." and says your name.   Yes that could be you. I would love to win the World Championship of Public Speaking and join the ranks of such people as Darren LaCroix, Jim Key, Craig Valentine ...
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Whats the Buzz Meeting # 1933

In Toastmasters, we have a structured plan of action for building our skills as speakers.  One key to making that plan work is that every speech receives evaluation and so we continuously strive to get better.  In pursuit of that improvement, each year we hold a competition to see who can do the best job of evaluating the speech of a test speaker. This year we had six members compete to be the ...
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Whats the Buzz Meeting # 1932

Georgina  Green, our ToastMaster, told us about Janus the doorkeeper, who looks to the future and the past. She had encouraged us to look at our past and our future. Since Janus is Two-faced, Fraser Drysdale our Grammarian, gave us “Hypocritical” as the word of the day Our table topic theme was the morning routine. David Golan the Table Topic Master presented the benefits of eating oatmeal for br...
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Whats the Buzz? – Meeting 1931

The theme in the meeting this week was Strategic Thinking for 2016.  Our Toastmaster, Matt provided a 5 step process for Strategic Thinking: Break It Down (by the yard, it’s hard but inch by inch its a cinch) Find Your ‘Why’. Air The Problem Develop A Plan       and Identify Resources Then he gave us three “C”s of getting people involved: Character, Confidence and Chemistry Our G...
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Whats the Buzz? – Meeting 1930

Our ability to adapt to our world is a direct reflection of how much practice we have in adapting.  Toastmasters offers many opportunities to practice this skill and this week’s meeting was a good example of such an opportunity.  As I walked into Sun Life, our Club President Chris OBrien pointed out to me that since the previous evening, we had lost (perhaps misplaced is a better term) our Toastma...
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Whats the Buzz? – Meeting 1928

Go Placidly Sandy Moore inserted the opening line of the poem Desiderata to set the theme of the meeting.  Her opening lines reflected the peace she drew from that opening line in the middle of the hectic Christmas  Season.  Some of us considered the irony of the words "what peace there may be in silence" as the kick-off to a meeting where we encourage people not to be silent.  Never-the-less, ...
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Whats the Buzz? – Meeting 1927

An Attitude of Gratitude Toastmaster Josh Lanesmith played off the American Thanksgiving holiday with the theme Attitude of Gratitude. He gave us a preamble that got us all thinking about the many things we have to be thankful for.  Our Grammarian Gudmunder added to that theme with the word of the day Ingratiate. District Director Janice McDonald had us all thinking with her Table Topics and...
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