World Champion of Public Speaking In Edinburgh – Jock Elliot

 

If you’ve ever wondered what makes a Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking, you can find out this Wednesday. And you don’t even need to travel far.

 

Jock Elliot, the 2011 Champion of World Speaking will deliver a keynote speech and a masterclass in public speaking in our very own Waverley venue – the 28 York Place Hotel.

 

Who is Jock Elliot?
He is an Australian Toastmaster from Bongaree in Queensland, and for him, Saturday 20th August 2011 was the culmination of 36 years in Toastmasters, competing in nearly 380 Toastmasters speech contests, reaching the world finals six times and finally realising his lifelong goal of becoming World Champion.

 

The International Speech Contest 2011 began six months before the finals at the TMI convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, with 30,000 contestants from 116 countries competing at club level. Jock Elliot won his club contest in Australia and progressed through area, division, district and qualifying levels before finally reaching the international stage where he competed against 8 other international finalists.

 

In his winning speech, ‘Just So Lucky’, he talks about the value of close connections with family and friends. You can watch the speech at the beginning of this post or, better still, don’t watch it and come on Wednesday and hear Jock deliver it in person.
The event is organised by Haymarket Toastmasters and here are the details. There are still tickets available.

Date: Wednesday 21st May 2014

Time: 7-9.30pm

Place: The 28 York Place Hotel, Edinburgh

Cost: £15

The Programme:
Part 1
19.00 – 20.00
Keynote: “The Journey”.

 

How it took Jock 36 years to become an overnight success.
A story of persistence, growth, disappointment and triumph, this keynote address is the story of one man’s quest after the World Championship of Public Speaking, told through some of the speeches that took him to the peak, including the record breaking six finals in the championships.

 

20.00 – 20.15 Network Break with coffee / tea + biscuits
Part 2
20.15 – 21.15
Masterclass:

 

As a professional speechwriter, trainer in presentation skills and mentor for academic, sales, government and private clients, Jock is able to see to the core issues of presentations, identify the point being made (or more usually not) and help tailor it to suit the intended audience, achieving economy, clarity, direction and power. This is a unique opportunity for one Toastmaster to present all or part of their speeches and get a world class review and guidance.

 

There are still tickets left and you can book at
http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jock-elliott-2011-toastmasters-world-champion-of-public-speaking-masterclass-tickets-11052762109?aff=es2&rank=1&sid=30e4c482c86e11e389f712313b0149a7

 

 

Breaking The Ice – Michael McLernan

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It was not like the Inquisition. You don’t expect the Inquisition!

I had scheduled my Ice Breaker speech for the 19th June, giving me plenty time to steam towards it like the Titanic, and hope to be more successful than she in actually breaking the ice that lay before me.  I should have known better than to make the comparison even mentally, for out of the blue one weekend came an opening for that very Thursday. Too late to turn. I had to take it head on.

Actually, doggerel aside (which I strongly advise you not to use in your speeches!) it was terrific! I had been going to the club, Waverley Communicators, since January, had been voted in in March, and you could not find a friendlier group of people anywhere, nor a mentor better than mine.

The Icebreaker speech is the first of the ten speeches in the ‘Competent Communicator’ manual of developing yourself as a public speaker. The purpose of the Icebreaker is to showcase, to yourself and to everyone else, your existing public speaking skills. Most of all, it’s to introduce yourself properly to your fellow Toastmasters.

But after you’ve been to the club for even a few sessions, there isn’t much ice left to be broken – it’s all been melted already by the sheer warmth of the atmosphere. (To say nothing of the room temperature, the radiators taking the name ‘Toastmasters’ a little too literally!).[That’s been fixed! The Ed.]

On the night, I went to the front of the room, clutching my notes like a comfort blanket, and was greeted with a warm handshake, a wink and a mouthed ‘Good luck’ from club stalwart Eileen Scott, and turned to face an array of smiling faces.
For the first speech, you are allotted four – six minutes. In twenty, as Philip Marlowe said, ‘you can sink a battleship, down three or four planes, hold a double execution. You can die, get married, get fired, and find a new job, have a tooth pulled, have your tonsils out.’ Approximately five minutes to say all you need to say should be a doddle. I took six and a half. What can I say – I find myself interesting subject! The challenge is to make your audience interested as well.

But the secret of the incredible success of Toastmasters in turning out confident and eloquent public speakers is not just the course itself, excellent as that is. It is the close knit community spirit, and the desire of everyone there to help improve everyone else. After each speech, your evaluator and your mentor give you both praise and advice, so you know what you’ve done well, and what you need to improve. You can relax among your fellow Toastmasters, and because of that the words flow, and the confidence builds.
After just four months there I have found myself at home as I have in few other places, and would eagerly recommend it to anyone.

Are you still here? What are you waiting for? Come down to 28 York Place on Thursday 1st May and see for yourself.

Post written by Michael McLernan

Member of Waverley Communicators

 

New Members Deliver Their IceBreakers

Edward Kutas receives his IceBreaker ribbon from Club President Kevin Miller

Edward Kutas receives his IceBreaker ribbon from Club President Kevin Miller

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Michael McLernan receives his Icebreaker ribbon from Club President Kevin Miller

As Martin Luther King Jnr said:

‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.’

Edward Kutas and Michael McLernan took that first step on Thursday evening at the club meeting when they delivered their Icebreaker speeches.

Their next step on the staircase leading to the Competent Communicator (CC) award is CC2 which is one of the most important speeches in the CC manual.  Every speech you will ever give needs a structure, and in CC2 members learn how to organise their content and build their speech on a strong foundation.

See the post on Ted Corcoran’s workshop and the insights he shared with us.

Congratulations to Edward and Michael for taking the first step.

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM

Vice President Public Relations

 

Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Ted’s Talk

Ted Corcoran DTM

Ted Corcoran DTM

Last Saturday, before the Division S International Speech and Evaluation contest, we were treated to a workshop on how to write a  speech in 10 minutes. Yes, really – 10 minutes. It was informative, interactive, inspiring and lots of fun.

The workshop presenter, Ted Corcoran DTM is a veteran of the Irish Toastmaster clubs, and a former International President – to put it in perspective, you can’t go any higher than that in Toastmasters!  He was warm, down-to-earth and funny, and by the end of the workshop everyone had relaxed – even the contestants – and in good spirits.

Ted started off by quoting Lance Miller, former World Champion of Public Speaking

It’s not what you say, it’s what [the audience] hears and understands.

Then he went on to deliver some good insights into speech-making in Toastmasters, invaluable for members, especially new members, to keep in mind when they deliver speeches.

For example:

If [members] haven’t mastered CC2 (organisation and structure) and CC3 (purpose of the speech), they have nothing, it’s just talk. Your audience may hear your words but they won’t understand.

Think simple. Many members delay speeches because they can’t think of ideas for speech topics. They think the subject has to be important. But it’s not the important subject that matters, it’s the process.

And the process is in the CC manual. For a simple, successful speech that your audience will not only hear but also understand, you need to have:

A SUBJECT and a PURPOSE and

1.Open with something that gets the audience’s attention

2. Tell the audience what you’re going to tell them

3. Make 3 points to support your subject

4. Summarise by telling them what you have told them

5. Close by referring back to the opening.

This structure is simple and quick, especially handy for those times when you are asked to ‘say a few words’, fill in at a meeting for the speaker who didn’t turn up, or you’re unexpectedly asked to make a toast or present an award. If you have only 10 minutes to prepare, this simple technique may save you a lot of embarrassment and earn you respect as someone who can think on their feet.

Try it next time you’re put on the spot, see if it works for you.

Post written by Moira M Beaton DTM

Vice President Public Relations

 

 

Speech contests and FAQ’s

Speechcontest_certThere’s a flurry of activity going on the club. Why?

Because the next meeting is the club’s International Speech and Evaluation contests.

Eileen Scott, the  club’s SAA, has ordered the trophies, printed the certificates and bought the biscuits.

Richard McMahon, the club’s VPE is busy making sure that we have – contestants for both contests, a ‘genial host’ to act as contest chair, enthusiastic members to judge and time the speeches and evaluations, and counters to count the ballots.

Now, all we need to do is make sure we have enough members and guests in the audience to clap and encourage the contestants. So don’t miss it!

If you are new to speech contests, here are some common FAQ’s:

Who can compete in the International Speech Contest

Any  member in good standing who has completed 6 manual speeches.

Who can compete in the Evaluation Contest?

Any member in good standing (no 6 speech rule).

What happens at an evaluation contest?

A member from another Toastmasters club delivers a 5-7 minute general speech. All the evaluation contestants leave the room; they have 5 minutes to write their evaluation and hand their notes to the contest SAA; when their name is called, they are given their evaluation notes; they walk to the ‘stage’ and deliver their 3 minute evaluation.

Who can be a judge?

Any member in good standing.

Who can be a Timer or Counter?

Any member in good standing.

What happens if  I win the club contest?

You go through to the next round – the Area 30 contest which, this year, takes place is in Edinburgh on Sunday 6th April.

What happens if I win the Area contest?

You go through to the Division S contest which, this year, is in Edinburgh on Saturday 12th April.

What happens if I win the Division contest?

You compete at the District 71 contest which, this year, is in Dublin at the D71 conference which is from 9th to 11th May.

What happens if I win the D71 contest?

The winner of the  D71 evaluation contest goes home with a big grin, and a big shield they can display on their mantelpiece.

The winner of the  D71 International Speech contest goes to the International Speech Contest finals which, this year, is in Malaysia in August. They also wonder why they took part in the club contest in the first place because this is now hard work!

Joking aside, making it to the finals is a huge achievement and everyone in District 71 will be cheering you on, not least your fellow members at Waverley.

Why compete?

Competing in a Toastmasters contest is not only one of the best and fastest ways to accelerate your speaking skills, it’s also good fun, boosts your confidence, and gives you a great sense of achievement once it’s over.

I want to take part.

If you want to take part, either as a contestant, or a role-player, please contact Richard McMahon at mcmahonrichard@hotmail.com

Post written by Moira Beaton DTM

VPPR, Waverley Communicators