Area-level Speakers Contest!

Congratulations to our first and second place contest winners — Sherry, Pam, Slay, and Andrew! 

They — as well as winners from other A3 clubs (plus A2 clubs) — will be competing at the next level. If you can, attend and support your fellow Toastmasters!

You can track it on this page on the District 15 website.

Here are the details:

  • Saturday, March 11, 2017 (9 AM [speakers should arrive early])
  • Foothills Christian Church (West Atrium Room), 9655 W. State St., Garden City ID

Why be in Toastmasters? (Profile Post #3)

This is the third in a series of River Speakers Profile Posts answering the question, “Can you name two skills that Toastmasters helped you enhance, discover, or strengthen — and how that helped you in your professional life?” We’re talking with Toastmaster Pam Bostic: 

River Speakers Toastmasters Club has been an amazing networking opportunity for both my professional and personal life. I’ve had the honor to attend a Professional Development seminar with a focus on Interviewing at a fellow Toastmaster’s place of work. I’ve also learned of a recurring group meditation event with the potential to calm the mind and strengthen character.

Toastmasters has taught me to find the positivity in every topic. This will be an invaluable skill for interviewing and relationship/network building.

River Speakers Toastmasters has made Thursday my favorite day of the week (move over Friday!)

Why be in Toastmasters? (Profile Post #2)

This is the second in a series of River Speakers Profile Posts answering the question, “Can you name two skills that Toastmasters helped you enhance, discover, or strengthen — and how that helped you in your professional life?” We’re talking with Toastmaster James Pendergrass CC: 

Listening:  I’m a better listener now than I was before joining Toastmasters, which I didn’t expect. I find that I’m more approachable, better understand how to ask the pertinent questions, and know how to give important feedback to people when asked.

Confidence to communicate effectively: It’s also helped me grow confidence as a person and being able to convey my thoughts so much better than before. Suffering from anxiety has always made it challenging to communicate my thoughts and feelings. However, Toastmasters has given me the ability to channel my thoughts and feelings into concise words in ways that weren’t possible before.

Location change: Jan. 26th!

Our Jan. 26, 2017 meeting will take place in a different location. (Our gracious hosts at NNU need the room for other purposes during this time period.)

LAST UPDATE: We need to meet in 5CR4. For those of our members, and any guests, who don’t work in Plaza IV (800 E Park Blvd.) of the complex, Sherry will be at the 1st floor security desk to escort you up!

  • If you’re inside the complex: go east (away from Broadway) all the way down the hall to the last security desk in Plaza IV and keep going to the conference room (1CR5) at the end of that hall.
  • If you’re outside the complex: 800 E Park Blvd. is the last building in the complex — the 7-story one at the east end. Enter and sign in at the security desk. Ask the guard to direct you to 1CR5, down the hall behind his station.

See you there!

Why be in Toastmasters? (Profile Post #1)

This is the first in a series of River Speakers Profile Posts answering the question, “Can you name two skills that Toastmasters helped you enhance, discover, or strengthen — and how that helped you in your professional life?” We’re starting with Toastmaster Robin O’Neill ACB CL: 

What did you say? Toastmasters has helped me fine-tune my listening skills to hear the words, the energy, and the intent behind someone’s message. My ability to be present,  look for the nuances in what people say, restate what I have heard, and communicate back that message has improved my leadership and communication skills.

Can I give you some feedback? Toastmasters has improved my ability to give positive, constructive, and concise feedback/evaluations. This is a very valuable skill professionally and personally. We’ve had to answer the question, “What do you think?” — Toastmaster’s teaches specific feedback techniques that give value to both the evaluator and the speaker in a non-threatening and positive way.

What is TLI?

Twice a year you’ll hear your Presiding Officer talk about how “TLI is coming up!” What is TLI and why should you be interested?

“TLI” stands for Toastmasters Leadership Institute and it’s a half-day workshop with your peers in the area. Or “division” — to be more precise. With us, that’s the greater Treasure Valley and all the way over to Ontario — about 25 clubs in all.

Sessions include training for officers — but always also include an invigorating keynote speech as well as break-out sessions on relevant topics that will help grow your understanding and experience as a Toastmaster — a communicator and leader.

It’s also a wonderful opportunity to get “out of the rut” and meet Toastmasters from other clubs and learn how they approach the goals we’re all working towards.

Consider signing up. It’s free, and it’s just 4 hours on a Saturday. This time it’ll be held just down the road at Albertsons Corporate offices, 250 E. Park Blvd. here in Boise.

See you there!

Free snacks, great line-up: it’s OPEN HOUSE

Thursday, Nov. 10, is an OPEN HOUSE meeting. This is a great chance:

  • to see what’s available for you in Toastmasters (if you’ve not ever visited)
  • to invite friends and colleagues (if you’re a member)

Take this opportunity to be our guests. We promise you’ll feel welcome, and we hope you’ll find that River Speakers Toastmasters Club is a great environment in which to grow. You’ll surprise yourself!

Here’s the event on Facebook.

NOTE: We’re not meeting at our usual spot. Instead, within Washington Group Plaza, go to the east end (Plaza IV) and the conference room at the very end. (Signs will be posted.) Contact us if you have questions.

Ah-Grammarian Monster!

One of many things that we work on together at our River Speakers Toastmasters meetings is noticing our choice of words — both good choices (rich, image-evoking words) and “filler” words.

“Filler” words are words or sounds we’ve gotten in the habit of using to fill space while we’re trying to think of what to say next. We don’t need them. We learn that it’s good to have the “effective pause” and that by being more confident, and by being more aware of our speech (which we gain through peer evaluation time), we communicate better and with more authority.

Recently, one of our members, past board member Leah Parsons, presented our club with this wonderful “Ah-Grammarian Monster”. (The Ah-Grammarian is the meeting evaluator who helps us by noting the use of both rich words and filler words.)

ahgrammarian-monster