D69 Conference Mothers Day Breakfast Event

Author: TonyH

Posted: 07 Apr 16, 06:08

Hi all,

Anticipation of the District Convention is building! One of the most anticipated events at the conference is the Mothers Day breakfast event. Layne Beachley will tell her story on the Sunday morning. This is something not to be missed.

See our Facebook page for details

Get in now!



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Chinese Whispers, un-pc, but still a good tool

Author: kaytd

Posted: 24 Mar 16, 02:08


I thought I might just take a quick moment to pen down the reasons for my initiating the game of Chinese Whispers in club last night…

Known in the US as Telephone, the Western game called Chinese Whispers is has been around for many years in various forms and might have been known to you as Russian scandal,whisper down the lane, broken telephone, operator, grapevine, gossip, don’t drink the milk, secret message, the messenger game, and pass the message. (Wikipedia)

It might not be politically correct to play a game these days called Chinese Whispers, but the roots behind the game remain apt, particularly in the training of the speaking craft. The name is believed to have spawned in the Western world from the relationship between Confusion and the Chinese language. When the Chinese began to mix with the western world in the 17th century their language was perceived as incomprehensible, confusing, and indecipherable. The history of the game comes from a time when specifically Europeans found the Chinese and their worldview as something that could not ever be understood.

The game itself, has no winner and is played largely because of its entertainment value. The rules are simple – a message is whispered into the ear of another player. That player then relays the message in a whisper to the next player.The message is transferred through all players and recited aloud at the end. The message is often misheard, mistranslated, or becomes indecipherable along the way. In this respect the game is in fact often used as an educational tool, particularly in learning new languages where correct pronunciation is critical.

The game demonstrates how easily a message can become corrupted through interpretation, understanding, and sound. It is also an excellent way to demonstrate how voice, sound, pitch, and timbre all play a critical role in the relaying of a successful message.

Often overlooked as a necessary part of great communication the game also requires the use of good LISTENING skills. The ability to listen, to hear the message is critical. If you haven’t taken the  time to listen to what the speaker has to say, how on earth the you ever hope to take their message with you.

It is the purpose of all speakers to impart a message, so as an audience we must learn to listen, otherwise the message goes nowhere.

Thanks everyone for getting involved in the game, and next time you get up to speak, try and remember that everything counts; voice, gestures, and your listening ears! Great communication uses EVERYTHING.

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Judging Training

Author: kaytd

Posted: 09 Mar 16, 02:43

ContestsJudges’ Training Seminar

Saturday 14th May, 2016 from 8:00 to 16:00

RACQ Auditorium, 2649 Logan Road, Eight Mile Plains, 4127


The time has come for newer members to take the responsibility to ensure we have high quality competitions and well-informed contestants. Judging is a skill that extends beyond the Toastmasters environment.

We have excellent judges with vast experience willing to pass on their knowledge. They learned: now they are willing to teach. Let us take this opportunity to learn a valuable skill that would benefit members, clubs, areas, divisions and our District.

Who should attend?

This event is open to all Toastmasters interested in judging or competing, as well as to any member of the public involved in assessing and debriefing projects.

The benefits of attending

Members with experience or those new to judging, as well as speech contestants will benefit. Judges will be given the opportunity to be exposed to rules, their interpretation and application. Potential contestants will have the opportunity to gain new understanding of the rules and how these rules apply to them as competitors; this understanding should help to improve club, area, division and district contests.

The educational event of the year: do not miss it! Come and avail yourself of this unique opportunity.

JudgesDo not even think about it.



Ricardo Bocanegra, ACG ALB – Area 7 Director

Endorsed by Mark Griffin, DTM – Eastern Division Director

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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

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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

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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.


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