Sunday, February 24, 2008

Gibbs College Speaking Gig!


" Join Toastmasters. Oral Communication skills count" Tom Peters

A Professor, Cheryl Dorsey, from Katherine Gibbs College on Boylston Street in Boston, MASS who teaches Interpersonal Communications called me and asked me (as a Toastmaster) to come into her class on Wednesday November 28, 2007. I would be there for an hour and emphasize the relevance of public speaking and communication skills to her students.

Their assignment is to prepare a presentation in front of the class. Of course as the District 31 Lt. Governor of Marketing I agreed as a way of plugging Toastmasters in the hope that they will begin a CLUB there!! I asked my friend and fellow Toastmaster/Edge Member, Mary Cheyne who is from my District 31 (WON second place in our District 31 Humor Contest) if she would like to join me.

Mary spoke for 20 minutes and I spoke for 20 minutes and then we would opened up to the class for 10 minutes of Q & A and Comments. We passed out a clip board for a contact list, as well as our own evaluation feedback sheets, we videoed our session and asked for testimonials.

Tonight I received a call from Cheryl again inviting Mary and I back to speak to another class of students on Monday March 3, 2008! The time our topic be on "Group Presentations".

We will still discuss Toastmasters, bring magazines, brochures and ask for people to join toastmasters as well as plug forming a Gibbs Toastmasters Club AGAIN!

Of course we still plan to video our presentation, send around our clip board, use our own evaluation forms and although we are still waiting on our last testimonial - we trust that we will now have two written testimonials from Professor Cheryl!

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This non-profit organization offers a proven – and enjoyable – way to practice communication and leadership skills. Members evaluate one another's presentations. This feedback process is a key part of the program's success. Meeting participants also give impromptu talks on assigned topics, conduct meetings, serve as officers in various leadership roles and learn rules related to timing, grammar and parliamentary procedure. Thousands of corporations sponsor in-house Toastmasters clubs. Businesses and government organizations have discovered that Toastmasters is an effective, cost-efficient means of meeting their communication training needs. Toastmasters groups can also be found in governmental agencies, a variety of community organizations, prisons, universities, hospitals, military bases and churches.

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