How I Select a Speech Topic

Gary Lee Webb As of the Fall 2011 Conference, I have now done 96 original speeches, 24 since 1 July 2011. The question was recently asked: How do I come up with so many topics? The answer is simple – Everything is a potential topic. Even boring things can be turned into a great speech with a little creativity. I once did a speech on the difference between “who” and “whom” and when to use them. A friend just did a speech on making soup: you would think that to be incredibly boring, but he did it from the perspective of one...

The First Time Is a Special Time

Beaming first timers take the stage! (Click on the photo for a larger version.) There is a first time for everything. That is what my mother used to tell me. It rang true for the District 25 Fall Conference. I’ll be honest. I tremble at the thought of being in the midst of strangers. My palms sweat, and my stomach feels as if boy scouts are practicing their knots in it. But in District 25, first timers are treated as special guests. They have their own hob-nob reception, get a really nice goodies bag, and are made to feel quite...

District Contests Sparkle and Shine!

The District 25 Speech Evaluation and Humorous Speech Contests were held at the Fall Conference and were absolutely fantastic. Each and every contestant should be very proud of their shining performance. Thank you to the following for their participation.  Speech Evaluation First Place: Harry Schneider, United Communicators Second Place: Rucha Jani, BNSF Expressed Third Place: Michael Sheridan, Lakeside Also competing in alphabetical order:  Brenda Daniels, Afterburners; Jody Helton, Top Notch Toastmasters- TNT; Derek Newman, Speak With Success Humorous Speech First Place: Tunia White, Kimbo Toastmasters Second Place: Phillip Folkertsma, Pro A.M. Third Place: Larry Harmon, Connection Communicators Also competing in...

A Wonderful, Enlightening Experience!

Marylee helps Rebecca Moore and Felicia Christian of USB Texas Toast show off their banner! District 25 really knows how to “LET IT SHINE!” If you did not attend the Conference, you missed an enlightening weekend. There were a variety of events, including contests, educational presentations and awards. For me, the conference was a weekend of learning, sharing, and inspiration. At this conference, the majority of educational presenters, keynote speakers, panelists, and singers were members of District 25. That statistic is amazing; we have so much talent within this District. Thank you to all those who helped make the weekend...

Meet D25’s Outstanding Officers

Diana Patton and David Martin presented the Outstanding Officers. l-r: Morrison, Kensing, Midgley, Price, Timmons, Lehr, and accepting for Peggy Gottwald, Carla Gibbs of Baylor Orators. CONGRATULATIONS to the Outstanding Officers recognized on Nov 19 at the Fall Conference: President – Jill Morrison, Connection Communicators VP Education – Cheryl Kensing, Speak with Success VP Membership – Lauren Midgley, Southlake Club VP Public Relations – Sandra Price, Top of Texas Secretary – Steven Timmons, Afterburners Treasurer – Marshall Lehr, Top of Texas Sergeant at Arms – Peggy Gottwald, Baylor Orators Thanks to our many members who submitted nominations and recommendations for...

New club taking off at Lockheed Martin

Back, left to right are: Dean Lampman, Willie Mack Hill, Larry Weatherholt, Abi Fanimokun Front: Lee Tiwari, Karen Hagar, Diana Patton, David Papenmeier, Jesse Torres A new Toastmasters club geared to technical experts is being organized at Lockheed Martin. District leaders Diana Patton, Dean Lampman, Jesse Torres, and members of other clubs at the company recently attended a pre-charter meeting. In the featured speech by Lockheed Martin executive Charlie Havis, “Why is Project Management Important on the F-35 Program?” Mr. Havis discussed three legs of a stool — cost, schedule and quality — and asked his audience to take individual...

A Three-Year Path to DTM

Sarfaraz Nazir I joined District 25 in July 1993 as a member of the (now defunct) Lunch Bunch Toastmasters. Three years later, I had completed all the requirements to earn the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation and award, except one. The one requirement that kept me from getting my DTM was “must have been a member of Toastmasters for at least four years.” I had to wait another year before getting my first DTM in July 1997. Under the existing Communication and Leadership requirements, there is no membership requirement except that the Toastmaster must be a member in good standing of...

December Anniversaries

These clubs are celebrating a birthday in December: 1247787 ICE Breakers December 1, 2008 3055 Denton Toastmasters Club December 1, 1983 5213 Ryan Plaza Club December 1, 1994 760 T-Toasters Club December 1, 1995 593906 Skymasters Club December 5, 2003 1587802 PDX RxOrators December 13, 2010 1425175 C3 – Corning Communicator’s Club December 14, 2009 621025 Keller Communicators Club December 16, 2003 1425208 Burnt Toast December 16, 2009 1267200 Siemens DFW Toastmasters December 19, 2008 3692 Lakeside Club December 26, 2002 by Jodie Sanders

Welcome to the Improv!

I’ve had the pleasure recently of attending an advanced club in Dallas called “Improv Masters.” In this club, the attendees are assigned a subject and have 5 minutes to prepare a speech from the Competent Communication manual. It’s like Table Topics on steroids. They still do regular Table Topics for those not giving a speech, and there are a few other entertaining items during the meeting. This format is great for improving your impromptu speaking. This club meets once a month at the homes of its members with a pot luck dinner preceding the meeting. I would like to find...

A Principled Path

Larry Vance, DTM Waco Wordsmiths Waco, Texas Toastmasters taught me that we are all friends here to help each other. Through leadership roles, I realized that leadership is more about influence than about authority. Everyone can have an influence for good in others. Missing link: I never aspired to be a leader, but assumed the role of leader when there was a void in the leadership of a group. Through the DTM process, I realized the missing elements to my service. “I am impressed with Toastmasters principles… Toastmasters can benefit anybody and everybody. Maybe not everybody will opt for joining Toastmasters,...