Toastmasters’ Club has multiple goals, three of which are:
- 1. Create a strong, supportive club membership
- 2. Enhance members’ speaking skills
- 3. Prepare members for real life experiences
Since 2015, Leighton Buzzards Speakers Club has developed a working relationship with the Leighton-Linslade Council. We have been Master of Ceremonies for several festivals including the Big Lunch and Day by the Canal. Once again, we have been invited to bring Christmas cheer and entertainment from 1st through the 3rd of December. The weekend includes the switching on of the Christmas lights, craft stalls, Santa’s Grotto, a funfair, street entertainers and the Santa Dash.
Why does Leighton Buzzard Speakers look forward to participating in these activities? As Toastmasters members, we seek to expand and practice our communication skills.
Rose Marie Calder, Martin Harris and Martin Mansell work with the Council Event Organizer to review the goals of the activities. Generally, the MCs’ duties are managed between the 3 clubs: Leighton Buzzard Speakers, Luton Speakers and Luton Communicators Clubs. Leighton Buzzard Speakers Club’s President, Rose Marie Calder, arranges a series of presentations. The rule of thumb is to have 2 members presenting at the same time. Usually an experience and novice members present together. Prior to the event, the agenda of activities and special announcements are developed, and all presenters are given materials to review.
This is a LIVE event! Anything can happen. Imagine the scenario of a prepared speech merging with table topics and on the spot evaluations. If the audience does not appreciate your presentation, they will leave. Incidents both positive and not-so positive can occur – similar to real life situations. Since this is our fifth event, the Leighton-Linslade Council appear to appreciate the results.
We will also have a Speakers’ Corner allowing TM members to do mini speeches, stories, humour etc. Rose Marie will be sending out details to surrounding club to see if their members would like to participate. This could cover various advance manuals such as: Interruptive Reading, Storytelling, Humour, Video etc. plus project out of their Competent Communicator manuals.
These community events also an excellent method of promoting our club in the community. The club purchased royal blue polo shirts with our website address on the back. Whether on the stage or talking amongst the audience, people realized that we are part of the community.
However, this event is a three-day event as opposed to our general one-day event. As a result, Leighton Buzzard Speakers Club will be opening MC opportunities to members of other clubs. Contact Rose Marie Calder for further details.