Tonite I completed my 12th speech to complete my Advanced Communicator Silver Designation from Toastmasters International. Fellow Cavemasters. Most Welcome Guests. Dignitaries. Body Language is important to add to our speeches. Ed, a social anthropologist says, 60% of a speech is just that, B O D Y language. Ed did extensive research on this just for the Cavemasters group soon to be called Toastmasters by Ralph Smedley. Have a listen. Take notes. Grunt if you agree. Utter a comment below if you wish. I repeat the headline here in case some of you thought you’d skip that part. Gotcha! Ah ha!! Aaaarrrr!!! Pirate cave speak. Hehe.
I began my speech with recognizing my audience. Fellow Toastmasters, and most welcome guests. I prepared a few poster board visuals to help my audience of 28 attendees easily remember a nugget of detail. I was pleasantly surprised to see my fellow Toastmasters AND Cavemasters who wrote a feedback form during the meeting and passed a note to me. Awesome! If you are new, I saved all my notes from feedback for my entire first year and it filled a shoe box. Seems mostly newer members received the notes and I am amazed and thankful to STILL receive these notes. Members who write instant meeting positive feedback for the evening speakers really makes a difference and is very ENCOURAGING. I like it. It encourages me. I feel I am progressing at a nice pace over the past 2 years. Too many organizations offer “constructive criticism”. A bit of an oxymoron. Constructive might denote to build up and criticism denotes to tear down. But in a proper Toastmaster evaluation, we have our speeches evaluated using a sandwich or oreo cookie method. Google either evaluation methods to understand it further or just attend a meeting at West Boca Toastmasters to get the hang of it.
Over all, I am happy to earn another achievement with Toastmasters International. I am also glad to have a safe family friendly positive environment to practice my speech methods, delivery, and improve speech by speech. You can do it too! Use new skills to advance your job, career, business or just make friends and cancel your cable. Go for it!
A few of the instant feedback messages given to me tonite: