December 13, 2022

Holiday Cheer From The Trio and DEC
Toastmaster Spotlight on RJ Chulski
There’s an Event for You on Dec 27!

Happy Holidays from the District Executive Committee

It’s Hybrid! The D62 DEC held their first hybrid meeting (both in person and online) in December, celebrating 2022 and one half of the current Toastmaster year.

District 62 Spotlight on RJ Chulski

Richard “RJ” Chulski began his Toastmasters journey in 2011. “Toastmasters is part of my emotional health program,” says RJ. “I’m currently a member of Yawn Patrol, and they’ve got a great reputation.”

RJ Chulski

RJ has done speeches on diverse topics, including public speaking in a project management context. He finds it most interesting that with the Pathways program, Toastmasters get the chance to give the same speech more than once. “Giving a speech a second time helps with smoothing out nerves,” he said. “I recommend that new Toastmasters speak as often as possible. The more often you do it, the easier it is.”

Applying Speaking Skills with Local Youth

RJ found several interesting situations in which to use his enhanced speaking skills from Toastmasters. “I volunteer for Cub Scouts. Toastmasters helped sharpen my storytelling skills. You need to keep young Scouts in their seats, or you lose their attention! Stories do this well.”

Another area is storybook writing. “I’m writing a book of juvenile fiction aimed at a typical 8th grader. The main character is Mitch Eagan, a very tall young fellow. Each section details a Paul Bunyan-like story of Mitch and his adventures throughout Michigan.”  RJ’s book is titled, Tall Tales of Michigan – Mitch Egan.

Toastmasters Evaluations and the Meeting Experience

Interestingly, RJ says that the most valuable part of a Toastmasters meeting for him is the evaluations. They force the evaluator to listen carefully. “The evaluator must think deeply and objectively about a speech. Good feedback is essential if you want to improve your speaking and leadership skills.”

RJ believes that the Toastmasters meeting experience can give you more than just skill building. “You make new friends that you wouldn’t otherwise make. And with a corporate club, you have the chance to make allies all around the building.”

Face-to-Face Meetings are Important

In the current hybrid meeting climate, RJ thinks that face-to-face meetings are essential, especially for potential members. “It took a friend of mine several times to get me to my first meeting.” As we know, Toastmasters International has noted that current member referrals are the most popular way to get new members. “Personal contact is an essential part of speaking and leadership,” says RJ.

RJ is currently a member of Lansing Yawn Patrol Toastmasters. “The things we learn and do in Yawn Patrol are good for our members, our members’ work teams, departments and their whole organizations. And our families, too.”

Join us on December 27!

All interested Toastmasters are invited to attend The Public Relations Academy and Marketing Team Meetings. See the calendar for details and the link to join these meetings.

If you want to learn more about public relations join us on Dec. 27 at 7:00 PM and stay for the Marketing segment for more valuable information that you can use to promote your clubs.

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