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Pre-Valentine's Day meeting - 2014-02-11

Our agenda didn't survive initial contact with the meeting. Our agenda was almost complete, but when we found out that our Toastmaster and Table Topics Master couldn't attend, Rachael stepped up as Toastmaster, Erik added Table Topics Master to his timer role, Rana switched from General Evaluator to speech evaluator, and Percita took on the role of general evaluator. Like troupers, we mastered the agenda change project.

Now Rachael brought the meeting under control and we moved into the rest of the meeting.

Erik presented Valentine's Day themed topics. He asked:

  • Chris about chocolate
  • Percita about her favourite Valentine’s Day

  • Valerie about her plans for Valentine’s Day

  • Firoozeh if Valentine’s Day was necessary

  • Rachael what she think’s/feels about Valentine’s Day

  • Paula about puppy love

  • Rana if she could love someone to the bottom of your heart


Paula then presented the second speech from her Competent Communicator manual. Her speech was about radical liberty and she used Don Juan as the theme of the speech. She compared the perception of Don Juan as a gentle seducer of women (a Latin lover type), to the reality of the violence that followed in his conquests of women, to the ideal of a Donna Juan who would help anyone in need as long as that person didn’t try to hold her. 

Meeting Reporter: Chris M.


Meeting: 2014-01-07 New Year's Resolution

Toastmaster: Rana Dincoy
Timer: Rachael Strong
Grammarian and Ah Counter: Chris McCarthy
General Evaluator: Jill Abramczyc
Seminar presenter: Craig Senior

Our first meeting in 2014 started fidgetingly, with everyone full of energy after the holidays. As Toastmaster, Rana took this extra energy and focused it on the topics at hand, during the meeting. Craig facilitated a very interesting workshop on interviewing techniques. He started by presenting the main ideas behind a model for answering experential questions in case-interviews. This model, called PARADE, was developed by Victor Cheng of
Click here for details on the PARADE Method and many other articles by Victor Cheng.
The PARADE model comprises six steps:
  • Problem (the situation to solve)
  • Anticipated Consequence (the unintended outcome of the unsolved problem)
  • Role (the role of the respondent in the process of resolving the problem and reducing the risk of unwanted consequences)
  • Action (the set of actions taken to alleviate the problem and bring additional value to the company, relationship, world, etc.
  • Decision-Making Rationale (outlining the analysis of options and reasoning for choosing one strategy over other)
  • End-Result (positive outcome, lessons learned, way forward).

After his presentation, Craig gave us an example of a PARADE response from his professional experience and encouraged all of us to participate. Rachael, Jill, Erik, Percita, Paula, Rana, and Fedra all took the chance to practice this new model with examples from their personal and professional lives.  Rachael was the first enthusiastic volunteer, sharing a professional experience from years ago, setting our time bar at 3 minutes.

As Timer for such an unorthodox meeting agenda, Rachael did a great job keeping us within the allotted time and Jill made a general evaluation of the meeting.

At the end, the Toastmaster offered guests the chance to speak and both of them made positive comments about the good dynamic of our group and the importance of training in public speeking.


Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) 2014-01-11

Toastmasters Leadership Institute (TLI) and Toastmasters Leadership Academy (TLA) for Division A, B, C and D combines club officer training with training of value to all members of Toastmasters. For club officers, this is a ‘mid-term’ review refresh, and redirection on “Creating and Maintaining a Climate of Club Excellence!” The training is also of interest to other members who are developing leadership skills that can apply inside and outside of Toastmasters.

Date, Time, and Location

Date: 2014-01-11‏
Time: 08:30 to 13:30
Location: Gisèle-Lalonde Public Secondary School –  500 Millenium Blvd, Orléans, ON
Registration: All registration in classrooms - no need to pre-register.
Allergies: This is a perfume/scent free event to respect our members with allergies!

Map and Directions

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Tentative Agenda

8:30-9:00 – Networking (Coffee, Tea, Juice, and water)
9:00-9:25 – Welcome, Conference Promo and Opening Plenary

  • Gina Cook, Harry Kingston, and Brian Sutton

TLI - President, VP Sessions (concurrent) – 9:40 SHARP start.
9:40-11:25 Sessions for President and VPs:

  • President (Gina Cook)
  • VP Ed (Harry Kingston)
  • VP Membership (Brian Sutton)
  • VP PR (Sylvain Gagne)

Please prepare questions and problems to solve!

9:40-10:30 Sessions for Secretary, Treasurer, Sgt at Arms
 Secretary (Laura Gagné)
 Treasurer (Kimberly Dueck)
 Sgt at Arms (Rick Holoway)

10:40-11:25 ‘Toastmasters Laboratory of Learning’ by Nena Nera

Toastmasters Leadership Academy (TLA) 11:40 SHARP to 13:20

11:40-12:25 TLA Session One
 The Successful Club – ‘Creating A Rich Club Experience’ – Scott Minnes
 Leadership – ‘Opportunities for Growth in District Leadership’ – Harry Kingston

12:35-13:20 TLA Session Two
 The Successful Club - ‘Building Club Foundations for Longevity - Club Coaching’ – Sue Dalati
 The Education Standard - ‘Evaluation Workshop’ – Stephen and Laura Gagne

No closing Plenary. All sessions finish by 1:30 pm.


How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

On Tuesday, December 17, 2013, Craig Senior will lead us in a performance of the classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"
Time: Noon - 13:00
Location: Main Branch Ottawa Public Library, Metcalfe at Laurier, Room B125.

Once again, WE. You will have an opportunity to use your voice and make some noise during this co-formance of yuletide fun.

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Photo: ©K, Hata, used with permission.



Articles Published November 2013

Date Entry
Nov 28 Communication is LOVE
  It might be easy to look down upon the drug addict or alcoholic as the other end of society, the bottom end. Some might view ...
Nov 27 A Poetic General Evaluation
  One of our members, author Jill Abramczuk, especially loves to be creative and fun. She turned her role of General Evaluator (providing feedback on the overall ...
Nov 25 PAUSE - Permit Audience to Use Silence Effectively
  Copyright Craig Senior. Used with permission. We often hear well-intentioned encouragement “use more pauses” and “pause longer” and the compliment “I ...
Nov 25 Hillary Clinton - Diplomatic Disagreement
  In 2009, United States Republican, Christopher Smith, takes on Democrat, Hillary Clinton, about reproductive health. Hillary responds clearly, directly, and diplomatically. She argues both sides of ...
Nov 25 Ken Godmere - Presenting Communication
  Many people make a big deal about speaking in public. Ken Godmere simplifies it. Speaking in public is taking a circle, a triangle, and a square ...
Nov 18 Invocation for Toastmasters Training
  Would you like to make your Toastmasters training more positive, uplifting, mutually supportive? Considering opening with the following invocation. As we ...
Nov 13 Comment faire une invocation
  The English version is here How to Do an Invocation . Nous utilisons souvent une invocation à donner un ton de gratitude, le plus ...
Nov 13 How to Do an Invocation
  Le version français est ici Comment faire une invocation . We often use an invocation to set a tone of gratitude, most commonly before ...
Nov 4 Toastmasters District Conference Videos
  We searched high and low to find videos about Toastmasters District Conferences promotional contests summaries/highlights ...
Nov 1 Alfonso Cuadra "Never Leave A Dream Behind"
  Alfonso Cuadra , host of the television program " Success by Design " and entrepreneur visited us to present his inspiring speech "Never Leave A Dream ...
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