Eastern Division Conference Summary – Feb 2016

Author: Anonymous

Posted: 29 Feb 16, 03:06

Hi all,

As the new VP PR, I just thought I would give you a run down on the day’s events from Sunday 28th Feb.

The day started early (for a Sunday) at 9.45am. The venue was the Seventh Day Adventist Church at Mansfield. As far as speaking venues goes, it was quite good. I have spoken in halls that were all wood and you get a huge echo effect. Not in this case.

So, onto the comps. The division is a collection of 6 areas. Hence, we had 6 people in each comp.

The day started with Table Topics with the topic – “My Role Model”. The scope for this was huge. Some people talked about how role models changed as you progressed through life, some people talked about their childhood soccer coaches, some cited Nelson Mandela. Ultimately, the winner was someone who went for the big laughs stating that his role model was someone that espoused mediocrity. A bit of a surprise, but that’s what you get sometimes. Not my pick.

Onto the BIG EVENT. The International comp! This is the one that everyone wants. Speech topics ranged from learn to suffer over to escaping Afghanistan. A real mixture. I felt that sometimes the messages were a little unclear (think structure).

Kayt Duncan gave a brilliant performance as always and I for one thought she deserved to win. The ultimate winner was a gentleman who came onto the stage in a power assisted wheelchair and told us his story about growing up with muscular dystrophy and how he was working to help others overcome their inner demons. Was it good – yes, was it great – in my opinion – no. Were the audience super impressed that a person with a great personal disability could get up and tell his story – absolutely. Should that be an element of the marking criteria – no. But that’s the nature of subjective judging.


After lunch, we had the Evaluation contest. The test speaker was someone who talked about the art of breathing. All contestants provided their feedback after 5 minutes of preparation. Again, another interesting result, although a little closer. The key to an evaluation is providing meaningful and constructive feedback for improvement. I felt that all of the contestants were a little light in this area and tended to concentrate on praising more than suggesting room for improvement.

And for the final contest, we had the Humorous comp. I was privileged to represent Southbank and did my best. There were some interesting speeches on the day. Of course, the foibles of camping from myself over to “Con The Fruit Man” and then the danger of bees. I was pleased to have placed, but more importantly, I had my own personal goals on the day, which I achieved. Did I agree with the results – no (AND YES, I AM AWARE OF THE BIAS), however, this is just my opinion.

What was awesome to see was the huge range of people, messages and styles on show for the day.

Comps –I know Kayt and I love them – if you want to challenge yourself and improve – HAVE A GO!


Tony H

Source: EasySpeak

Eastern Division Conference Sunday 28th February

Author: kaytd

Posted: 16 Feb 16, 11:46

Where are you planning to be on Sunday 28th February?

The Eastern Division Conference and Speech Contests is being held in Mansfield and it’s an EXCELLENT opportunity to come along and see some of our Divisions finest developing professional and non-professional speakers going head to head in an assortment of speaking contests.

Why do they do it? Well, some are just contest junkies (I’m speaking for myself of course!!) and some do it because sometimes the next challenge, the next step in a person’s development is by seeing what other’s are doing, how they are doing it, why it works for them, and whether its something we can take on board ourselves. Learning doesn’t happen in  vaccuum, and stepping out of the club to watch others, listen to their ideas, and soak up their expertise is a fabulous way to improve upon your own skills.

Oh – and there’s leadership opportunities as well! These days aren;t just about the competitors. A contest couldn’t exist without the dignitaries and all the contest officials. 

Word has it that there are some positions available to join the Evaluation Contest officials team in the capacity of Timer and Seargent of Arms.

If you were thinking of coming along I would encourage you to jump at one of these roles, snap up the responsibility of the position for that contest and see just what small gem of knowledge about working in a team you can take from it.

If you are interested drop Kayt a line through Facebook or EasySpeak.

I don’t know where you will be, but I know where you could be, and if you were in this for development, add this conference to your lineup and I’ll see you there!



Members of Southbank Club can access the Discussion posting that contains the days agenda, and registration details.  http://easy-speak.org/viewtopic.php?t=166218

Source: EasySpeak

Eastern Division Conference Flier has been released

Author: kaytd

Posted: 03 Feb 16, 03:21

It’s finally released! 

The flier and the program have now been released for the Eastern Division Conference. Registration information is on the flier attached to the Discussion Forum and must be completed by Saturday 21st February.

Toastmasters Eastern Division Conference

Sunday 28th February 2016 (9:45-4:30pm)

Mt Gravatt Seventh Day Adventist Church

341 Broadwater Road, Mansfield

Mark your dioaries and come along to support Tony and Kayt in their respective speech contests, enjoy the council meeting, and see Toastmasters from around the Division strut their stuff and learn about the broader Toastmasters network and community.

See you all there!


Link to discussion forum with pdf flier and registration details.


Source: EasySpeak

District 69 Annual Conference

Author: Simonc76

Posted: 01 Feb 16, 23:12

U.N.M.A.S.K.E.D.!! Our final panellist… Imagine the varied and challenging opportunities of a shy, insecure woman who started this amazing journey while living in Manitoba Canada, and found herself the spokesperson for an international communication and leadership organisation which is active in 135 countries around the world!
Join Pat Johnson DTM, Past International President and Chairperson of the Board of Toastmasters International, as she shares her experiences on this amazing Voyage of Personal Discovery.

Dive online to the D69 website and secure your attendance at the 45th Annual Conference. Take advantage of the flexible payment options, making 3 instalments $110, $110, and $120 before 31st March 2016.

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Memorable speeches, it's that easy

Author: kaytd

Posted: 01 Feb 16, 07:28

magpie helenfitzgerald.comThe Avery

I have to take a moment to thank Rachel for a beautiful and utterly memorable speech last meeting. 

I’m just sorry for all our members who missed it!!! For those who did make it, it’s ‘Mother Hen’ here asking you all if you remember who the ‘magpie was?

What a wonderful demonstration of powerpoint, and how visuals do not need words to accompany them to make the point hit home.

Of course the one take home for everyone is, the more dynamic the visual component of your speech, the more dynamic errors are as well! Don’t forget to spell check! 

Of course the real beauty of this speech was in captured display of our club and the interpretation of our makeup through world of birds. It made us laugh, it made us think, and it made us remember. If you can present a speech, that can do all that, then you have succeeded in “communication” and isn’t that what you are all here to do?

Whether you are a plover, a Toucan, a ‘lovebird’, we all sing to our own music, and there’s another bird out there who wants to hear your music.

Love your work R!


Image from Helen Fitzgerald helenfitzgerald.com

Source: EasySpeak

Priority.. or not priority

priorityDid you all listen to some VERY interesting etymology at our last meeting? Or are some of you now saying “some what…???”!

Well, I was FASCINATED by Anya’s speech on “priority” and the origins she gave us behind the word (the etymology of the word), rendering the word itself.. umm.. a ‘non’ word! Who’d have ‘thunk’ it!!!

I did a little quick search to see if I could paste here a little reminder without actually asking Anya to past in her speech –

(taken from http://www.takeourword.com/et_n-p.html#priority)

Please help me with the origin and subsequent use of the word priority. I heard the chairman of ServiceMaster Corp. say that we did not use priority in its plural form until the 20th century. I am curious (1) if that is true and (2) how the word was originally used. In other words, if it is true that the plural form of the word originated in the 20th century, then prior to that time was the thought that there was only a single priority and not multiple priorities?

The word priority first entered English in the 14th century from Old French priorite, which itself came from Medieval Latin prioritatem or prioritas, from Latin prior `first.’ Though I have been unable to find reference to the initial usage of the plural form, priorities, it is not unlikely that priority remained unpluralized until the 20th century. After all, one can reason that there can be only one `first;’ hence, there was no need to pluralize priority. In the busy world of the 20th century, however, we all have many `firsts’ or priorities.

After such an awakening speech I challenge you all to consider exactly what you are doing, the next time you find yourself “prioritising” tasks! Ask yourself what Anya asked all – can you pluralise 1?? And if you can, do you really want to?