Fast Video

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How to Create a Quick Video to Share on Social Media

Share the real you. People want to know you. Be straightforward and confident. It’s okay to show vulnerabilities because it helps to connect to your audience and builds trust.

3 Steps to creating the best video 

#1. Create a 3-7 second intro to engage your audience. 

            Grab attention and do NOT introduce yourself. Instead, ask a question, use a funny phrase or show an unexpected thing.

#2. Give a topic of interest in only 30 seconds or less. 

            Give a solution to a problem and use every-day language. Talk about your audience, not yourself.

 #3. Tell a specific next step

            Show your audience what to do next. Make your closing a Call To Action (CTA).

Congratulations on creating a video in 1 minute or less!

            

CALL FOR DISTRICT LEADERS!

by Lisa Waalkes, 3-time Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM), Past District Governor, 2022 Toastmasters International Presidential Citation Recipient

7 Positions Open!

The time has come for us to nominate District Leaders for the 2023-2024 year. The elected positions are the District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and 4 Division Directors. In order to be nominated you must meet the following qualifications at the time of taking office:

  • The District Director must have served at least six consecutive months as Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Division Director, or a combination of these.
  • The Program Quality Director must have served at least six consecutive months as Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, a Club Growth Director, a Division Director, an Area Director, or a combination of these.
  • The Club Growth Director must have served at least six consecutive months as Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, a Club Growth Director, a Division Director, an Area Director, or a combination of these.
  • All four Division Directors must have served at least six consecutive months as a member of a District Council.  The District Council is made up of club Presidents and Vice Presidents of Education and District Executive Committee members.  

A District Leader Nominating Form must be filled out and sent on to the District Leadership Committee (DLC).  This can be filled out by you (self-nominate) or have someone else nominate you for the leadership role.  The form can be found at this link: 450C District Leader Nominating Form (azureedge.net)

No Regrets

Helen Blanchard was the first female International President of Toastmasters. She said, “If you get out of Toastmasters all there is to get out of Toastmasters, you will never get out of Toastmasters.” Whether or not you have thought about District Leadership, I strongly recommend you consider it. I guarantee you will not regret what you learn during the process.

How and What I Got Out of Toastmasters

I first joined Toastmasters in 1990, as a new manager for my company, BDO USA, LLP.  Our club was a new corporate club and it survived for 2 years.  Move ahead to 2002, BDO saw the vision that Toastmasters was a great communication and leadership training ground, but this time we decided to open the club up to the community and truly embrace the leadership training that Toastmasters offers.  Our BDO Club has been going strong since then and has given the gift of communication and leadership to hundreds of people in all walks of life.  

Over the years I have held all club officer roles, many District leadership roles, planned speech contests & club open houses, Club Leadership Trainings, District conferences, Region Fun Night (back in the day) and served on an International Director’s campaign team.  As a leader, I found out how to organize, problem solve, provide constructive feedback, and lead various teams and meetings. Many skills were gained in critical thinking, networking, relationship building, succession planning, mentoring and strategic planning. As a district leader, I learned to budget on a larger scale, plan events, motivate, and inspire those around me. These are life skills that I apply to my career, my Life Platform/Starfish business, and personal relationships every day. These are universal skills that will also benefit you.

If you are interested in becoming an elected District Leader, contact Lisa Waalkes at lisawaalkes@gmail.com.

Hall of Fame 2021-2022

Congratulations Hall of Fame Winners!

President of the Year – Dennis Jacobs

Area Director of the Year – Tara McCoy-Jones

Division Director of the Year- Barbara Sheran

Spirit of Success – Nyrhe Royal and Owen Monday

Long-Time Toastmaster of the Year- Richard Chelski

Toastmaster of the Year – James Lemke

Special Achievement Award –  Owen Conner

Below is a photo collage from Club Officer Training in Portage on November 5, 2022. Region Advisor Joel Dawson from Louisiana attended as a guest speaker.

DLC REPORT: CANDIDATES 2022-23

Fellow Toastmasters,

Please see the District Leadership Committee report. 
We recognize the members of our 2021-2022 committee for the hard work and dedication they did to vet these exceptional candidates. Thank you for your service to the members in District 62.

The candidates will be featured on our website, 62toast.com, in the Candidate Corner and and on a live Candidate Showcase. The Candidate Showcase is scheduled for 4/28/2022 from 6:00 – 6:45 PM (UTC-4). Each candidate will have an opportunity to speak before the vote occurs. All members will have access to the Candidate Corner via the website and the online Candidate Showcase will be by registration only. 

Avar Laws-WrightDistrict, D62 Director 2021-2022

Lead Where You Are!

TOASTMASTERS CONFERENCE 2022

DISTRICT 62


It takes an incredible number of leaders to plan the annual District Conference. Each position is integral to the success of the conference and each Toastmaster can receive important credit towards Pathways and DTM awards. Your dedication and hard work will be rewarded!

SAVE THE DATE!

April 29 – 30

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Congratulations to these Toastmasters who have volunteered to help:

  • Candidates Showcase Chair: Lisa Waalkes
  • Conference Co-Chair: James Lemke
  • Conference Co-Chair: Barb Sheren
  • Contest Chair: Lavon Compton
  • Credentials Chair: Steve Larsen
  • Directors Reception Chair: Laura St. Louis
  • DTM Ceremony Chair: Carole Prahinski
  • Education Chair: Bruce Racalla
  • Entertainment Chair: Sherry Campbell
  • Finance Chair: Amy Moored
  • First Timers Chair: Jordan Hubert
  • Fundraising Chair: Joanie Thomas
  • Hospitality Chair: Robin Kaczanowski
  • Outreach Chair: Kyle Bross
  • Publicity Chair: Lock Lyon
  • Registration Chair: Kelly Stetser
  • Sergeant at Arms: Curt Mencer
  • Zoom Chair: Nyrhe Royal

It’s not too late! You can help by joining one of the committees listed above.

Contact James or Barb to get more information about the conference.

james.lemke@53.com

bsheren68@gmail.com

CALL FOR DISTRICT LEADERS!

by Laura St. Louis, IPDD

8 Positions Open

The time has come for us to nominate District Leaders for the 2022-2023 year. The elected positions are the District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and five Division Directors. In order to be nominated you must meet the following qualifications at the time of taking office:

  • The District Director must have served at least six consecutive months as Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, Division Director, or a combination of these.
  • The Program Quality Director must have served at least six consecutive months as Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, a Club Growth Director, a Division Director, an Area Director, or a combination of these.
  • The Club Growth Director must have served at least six consecutive months as Club President and at least 12 consecutive months as a Program Quality Director, a Club Growth Director, a Division Director, an Area Director, or a combination of these.
  • All five Division Directors must have served at least six consecutive months as a member of a District Council.

No Regrets

Helen Blanchard was the first female International President of Toastmasters. She said “If you get out of Toastmasters all there is to get out of Toastmasters, you will never get out of Toastmasters.” Whether or not you have thought about District Leadership, I strongly recommend you consider it. I guarantee you will not regret what you learn during the process.

What I Got Out of Toastmasters

Joining Toastmasters was my destiny. Over the past 7 years I have held all club officer roles. I planned club open houses, speech contests, Leadership Institutes and a Spring Conference. As a leader, I found out how to organize, problem solve, provide constructive feedback, and lead meetings. Many skills were gained in critical thinking, networking, relationship building, succession planning, and strategic planning. As a district leader, I have learned to budget on a larger scale, plan events, motivate, and inspire those around me. These are life skills that I apply to my career and personal relationships every day. These are universal skills that will also benefit you.

If you are interested in becoming an elected officer, contact Laura St. Louis at IPDD@62toast.com.