Free leadership videos from Steve Piet DTM

Steve Piet DTM is our District 15 Director and our via-Skype guest speaker from our Chartering Meeting, Oct. 29, 2015. You’ll recall that he spoke that day on leadership. Here are some other great resources he’s just shared on YouTube:

Part 1: Situational Leadership

This 12:06 clip describes the concept of leading according to the situation – the experience of the performers, urgency, and consequence of poor performance – and the need to lead your people to increasing independence.  Grow more leaders.

Part 2: Persuasive Leadership

This 20:19 clip describes three basic methods of persuasion.  A) We Shall Overcome (by facts and figures), B) Don’t Worry, be Happy, C) He’s Not Heavy, He’s My Brother.

Part 3: Tribal Leadership

This 16:23 clip summarizes the book, Tribal Leadership, by Dave Logan et al.  The five stages of tribes are 1. Life Sucks, 2. My Life Sucks, 3. I’m OK, 4. We’re OK, 5. Life is Good.  Learn to identify the five stages and why you want to lead your group further along the scale.

Part 4: Servant Leadership

This 14:16 clip differentiates a servant leader from dictator and slave.  Punctuated by quotes, this talk also weaves together servant leadership with situational, persuasive, and tribal leadership.

Food For Thought “demo meeting”

A neighboring club, Food For Thought, is having a “demo meeting” on Wednesday, Nov. 4, from noon to one. They’re located in the Albertsons Corporate offices at  250 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise ID 83706 US….just down the road from us.

Remember when River Speakers had their demonstration meeting the end of January 2015? If you have a chance, this would be a great opportunity to support a fellow club in their endeavors.

The banner is coming!

RiverSpeakersBannerWhat does that mean? For you, it means you want to set a date for our meeting this Thursday, Oct. 29, when we’ll receive physical acknowledgement of the chartering status we were granted the beginning of July: our District is bestowing our Toastmasters banner which will flag all our meetings from this point forward. Member (and District 15 officer) Donna Oswald will be presenting.

  • We’ll also be hearing another Speech #10 (which marks completion of the Competent Communicator manual) from Don
  • Melanie is putting together treats and snacks
  • We’ll be hearing via Skype from our District 15 leader, Steve Piet
  • You’re encouraged to bring your lunch (eat & listen!)

Note we’re in a different location for this meeting only. Come to Plaza IV (that’s 800 E Park Blvd. for folks outside the complex), walk past the guard desk, and look for signage to direct you to Conference Room 1CR5.

Hope to see you there! It’ll be a party!

A message for mentors

Sherry recently distributed an update to the mentors of the club, showing speech progress for their mentees, and she’s graciously okayed me sharing her tips in this post.

Sherry Briscoe, VP of Education
Sherry Briscoe, VP of Education

Check in periodically with your mentees, and encourage them to schedule their next speech. Offer to help them with it, if need be.

My mentor is Merilee, and when I got ready to enter the speech contest, she met me for lunch before and listened to the speech, gave me pointers that really helped, and that also gave me encouragement and more confidence. If you can, let your mentee know that you always want to make sure you know when they are giving a speech, because it’s important to you, that you’re there to hear them.

Be the inspiration and motivation that they need. Reach out to them.

Another role of the mentor is to pay attention to your mentees when they fill any role at a meeting.

Immediately after the meeting, you can give them pointers on how to make that role better next time, and congratulate them on the things they did well in it.

This is one way you can BEST help your mentees!

Run On Both Legs

At least one of our board members is a runner and she’s run in several marathons. This takes determination, patience, perseverance, an eye on the goal, and an enjoyment of the journey.

Your Toastmasters experience has many similarities. To get the most out of your membership, you need those same qualities. One of the strengths of Toastmasters is that it’s not like a two-day workshop that quickly crams your head full of theory then sends you out on your own. It’s a journey, and in the company of your fellow members, all of whom want to support and encourage you, as you encourage and help them.

The title of this post refers to the two tracks you travel in the Toastmasters landscape: communication and leadership. When you joined Toastmasters you received two manuals: Competent Communicator and Competent Leadership.

You might consider bringing both manuals to meetings from now on. You already do this when you’re a featured speaker. That way your Evaluator can speak to your goals and enter your evaluation comments. But did you know that you can also be receiving acknowledgement (and credit) for all the meeting roles you take? Look through your Competent Leadership manual. In fact, turn to the last page and see just inside the back cover to see the full list.

By doing this you receive two benefits:

  • Your initiative, taking on meeting roles, is acknowledged. A record is kept and you can check off tasks as you move toward your Competent Leadership award.
  • You have an opportunity to gain insight from your meeting role evaluator as he or she comments on how you handled your meeting role task.

Each track, Communication and Leadership, complements the other. Be in a win-win!

From our Contest Coordinator

I know the contests are new to everyone.  This will be the second Toastmaster contest I have been involved in, so I will need lots of help.

As I said yesterday, the contestants are the most important thing.  Without them there is no contest.

Humorous family stories seemed the most obvious to me for the Humorous speech contest.  I have heard some really funny speeches that since I have been in toastmasters.  One was about raising teenagers.  Another was about a parachute jump that ended in a pond.  I googled “toastmaster humorous speech examples” and got a couple of examples and other helps.  Who knew?

By the way the rule book is here.

The Evaluation contest is the hardest to understand.  When I asked for volunteer “Test Speakers” at the Food for Thought club, I had to explain the role.

The contest is who gives the best evaluation.  The speech can be at any level from an “Icebreaker” to a Project 10 speech, like Cheryl gave.  The rulebook recommends that the test speaker not be from River Speakers so I am trying to get one from another club.  A toastmaster from Food for Thought has volunteered to be the backup if the test speaker has to bow out at the last minute.  I think we really need someone from another club so that our members can compete, judge, etc.

There are a lot of contest roles to fill.

The Evaluation Contest is pretty simple.  You listen to a speech and evaluate it like Charmaine did yesterday.  The only difference is other contestants will evaluate the same speech.  The best evaluator wins.  Each evaluator will not vote on the competitors.  They can’t hear another contestants evaluation before they give theirs.  If for example the test speaker is doing a project 5 speech, the contestants will know that beforehand.  They will know what the goals of the speaker are and will evaluate them based on that, just like any evaluator would at any toastmaster meeting.  The only difference is there are other toastmasters evaluating the same speech.  What makes the best evaluation?

I googled “toastmaster evaluation contest examples” and got a lot of helps.

The contestants will make the contest a fun experience.  The winner goes to the A3 competition.  I think it is at the Foothills Church in Garden City.  I need help with the date and time.

— Don

What’s your plan?

Is it hard to get a big project done without a plan? Most members who attended our last meeting thought that was the case.

What is your next major goal within Toastmasters? It might be to complete your Competent Communicator manual. This 10-speech path creates a firm basis for presenting effectively and guides you in learning or refining those skills that will help you communicate in a more clear and compelling way.

So how do we get from A to Z? One method is to begin with the end in mind (completing our CC manual, let’s say) and determine when we want to complete it. Here’s a sheet that has our 07-01-2015 through 06-30-2016 meetings marked in.

  1. What would you like to have completed by next June 30? Speech 6? Speech 8? Speech 10? Mark that at the end of the page.
  2. Now — consider this four-week plan. (Of course, you can adjust it when you have vacations etc.) Look at the text at the bottom of the page.
  3. Take your first week to study your next speech’s goals and decide upon a topic. Read and re-read that CC chapter.
  4. The following week, write the first draft of your speech. Organize it well, with a clear opening, body, and close or conclusion.
  5. The week after that, start practicing your speech. You’ll further refine your speech through your practicing process. Time yourself. Does your speech generally fall within your time parameters? Generally speaking, 100 words equals a minute — but there are lots of variables that can change that.
  6. Now you’re ready to present your speech to your club. Be sure you book your speech date far enough in advance.
  7. The day or two before your speech, contact that meeting’s Toastmaster and provide them with your speech title and your introduction.

Following these seven steps you’ll achieve your goals and grow in your skills.


Our Speech Contest will be August 27

It’s that time of year: speech contest time has arrived, and the two themes for this summer/fall 2015 period are “Humorous” and “Evaluation”.

  • Humorous: Choose a subject. Be certain you don’t include potentially objectionable language or content. Your speech should have an opening, body, and close — on a theme. (That is, it shouldn’t be a series of one-liners.)
  • Evaluation: A Toastmaster, not a member of our club, will give a 5-7 minute speech. Contestants can take notes, and then must provide an evaluation.

Our Contest Coordinator for this period is Don. He will be providing us updates during the next several meetings and can answer your questions then or after our meeting time.

We encourage everyone to participate, either as a speaker-contestant or in another role. Read more on our Speech Contest page.

After you’ve learned more, please fill out the form below to indicate what role you’d like to fill for our August 27 Speech Contest meeting.

Sign-up closes 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21, so final preparations can be made. 

Results of sign-up:

  • Contest Chairperson and Chief Judge: Don
  • Toastmaster and Snacks Wrangler: Cheryl
  • Test Speaker: ___
  • Sergeant At Arms: Leah
  • Vote counter (Evaluation portion): Cheryl
  • Timekeepers: Melanie and Andrea
  • Participant (Humorous portion): Sherry and Emily
  • Participant (Evaluation portion): Diane