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The last month, I have been writing blogs about toastmasters. It is one of the projects in my pathway program, designed to not only help promote toastmasters but to help people get comfortable with the idea of writing blogs in their own business. Have you ever thought about doing blogs? It is easier than you think.

My particular path is called: “ Motivational Strategies”. At level four I have several projects to choose from such as: Building a Social Media Presence, Create a podcast, Run Online Meetings, Public Relations Strategies to name a few. I chose to do the blogs since we have a membership drive this time of year. Yes, we want you to join us!

Did you know that there are now 11 Paths in the Pathways Program and there are five levels to each path. There are many recognition badges for work completed along the way. Let me see if I can spark your interest by naming the paths:

Dynamic Leadership

Effective Coaching

Engaging Humor

Innovative Planning

Leadership Development

Motivational Strategies

Presentation Mastery

Persuasive Influence

Strategic Relationship

Team Collaboration

Visionary Communication

As you can see, the opportunity for learning is vast. You have opportunities to expand your horizon and help others do the same. It is a safe and fun place to learn, try new things, and get effective feedback that you choose to implement or not.

What are you waiting for? Join us this Monday evening at Sobey’s in Riverview, New Brunswick at 7pm. Just visit and check out the meeting. See if this is something you would enjoy.

 

Speech ContestThis is the time of year in Toastmasters when we plan for our International Speech Contests. Did you know that there is opportunity to enter a speech contest in your club and if you win there, you go to Area and if you win in Area you go to Division and if you win in Division you go to District and if you win in District you go to the International Contest held at the Annual Toastmaster’s Conference.

Seems like a lot but it really is not. You can use the same speech but when you get to International you need to have a second speech ready. All speeches are 5-7 minutes long. If you love speaking then you might enjoy the challenge of the contests.

We also have evaluation contests. In this one you have the same levels until District. It is the person who delivers the best evaluation of the same delivered speech. We also have Table Topics contests and Humorous Speech Contests. The learning with all these is phenomenal.

Of course the networking that takes place at every level is enjoyable as well. There is so much to learn at Toastmasters. If you are interested come on out and learn more at Riverview Canusa Toastmasters on Monday evenings ( except holidays) at 7pm at Sobeys in Riverview, New Brunswick.

Not from the area. Try a Google search for a club near you.

Mentoring

Our Toastmaster at Riverview Canusa posted a message in our face book page. Yes, at our club we have a face book page. We can post pictures from our meetings, we post calls to take role at our meetings. We ask questions. It is all part of the toastmaster experience.

I signed up to speak on Monday night.. I will speak about one of the projects I did in our New Pathways Program. Toastmasters entered the era of online these past couple of years so the books and all the information we need to succeed with toastmasters is all online now.

Don’t worry you can still get the paper copy but the idea is to reduce the paper that we are using. Some people fear the technology which is why we have Pathway guides and what we refer to as Base Camp Managers and Mentors.

You do not do it alone. If you need assistance or want a mentor we will be sure to help you get what you need. There are 10 paths to complete and five levels to each path. The learning is all self-directed so you take as much or as little time you need to prepare your projects. An 11th path has just been added and it is about Speaking with Humor. We do have fun at Toastmasters.

Right now we have a membership drive happening and would love to have you visit and check us out. We meet on Monday evenings at 7pm at Sobey’s in Riverview, New Brunswick.

 

 

 

 

 

A reminderOver the weekend, I attended our online Advanced Toastmasters Club. It is not yet chartered so we are working to become a chartered club. Toastmasters International requires at least twenty members to charter a new club. We just need three more.

But that is not what I want to write about. I was reminded of all we learn about language in toastmasters. We have a role called grammarian and another role called “ ah” counter. These two roles teach us a lot about habits that we have adopted in our day to day language.

For instance, how many times a day do you talk about “ things”, “ I was working away at “ things” and this happened.” Or How many of those things do you want? Can we not have different words instead of things?   For instance, I was working away at writing my blogs and I was listening to music. It is more interesting than “ things”

We also pick up on incorrect use of language or slang. We listen for “ums”, “ ahs” and other filler words. If you don’t know what to say next, just pause. We learn about the power of the “ pause”. We are not perfect and we don’t demand perfection but we do encourage you to improve your communication skills.

We are just reminding each other of the little habits we create in our every day speaking. We choose how much we want to change for ourselves. It is often a fun activity ( thing) to track the filler words and everyone uses them

There is so much to become aware of in Toastmasters. There is a reason that there are over 300,000 members worldwide. Want to improve communication and leadership? Need to speak at work? Visit a toastmaster’s club and see how they can help.

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Heath J.

In my mid-30s, I made a life-changing decision to return to university. I sold my house and my car and moved to another country with my partner. It was all in pursuit of a dream career as a university professor. The problem? It made me miserable. Back in Canada for a few months, I sought out Maureen’s counsel. The decision was difficult for me: spend another two years studying something I disliked in a foreign country, but get closer to my dream job, or stop studying and pursue an alternate career path. Maureen never pressured, never judged. She taught me about choice theory, and helped me to identify and manage my insecurities. I found her to be a trustworthy, friendly voice of reason in a difficult, trying time.

I stopped my university studies, and a month later accepted an extremely fulfilling job as a college instructor and department head. I have the job I would have wanted, even if I had finished my degree. I feel happy, challenged and fulfilled. My personal relationships have also benefited from my certainty of choice and confidence. Maureen helped me find my way, and I am grateful for her wise counsel.

Heath J., Moncton

Barb

I thank you for all the opportunities and support you have given me over the many years of our friendship.

My relationship with you and Choice Choice theory has constantly guided and directed my life in a positive direction. The ability to change my thinking enriches my life each day. It helped me survive during the days of my deepest grief. You love your life and all those you have helped love you!

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Choice Theory is a powerful life-changing tool. Its language has become a part of me and brings shared-awareness to my family and friends, clients, group participants, and work peers alike. Once we acknowledge the power of choice, that we own it, and that the impact of benefits and consequences alike are ours, we become not only empowered but also released from limiting beliefs and false boundaries.

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Maureen is a true expert in Choice Theory. She finds a way to apply relevant, practical applications of the theory into real life. Through coaching, Maureen invests a lot of time with her clients, making sure we consider all options. She is an excellent compassionate guide in this journey called life.

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I have been blessed to work with Maureen for several months, as my personal coach. She has skillfully facilitated my personal growth by asking the kinds of questions that require me to dig deep and get to the root of my beliefs, which sometimes hold me back! She provides very perceptive insights, and leads me through a process that drives me to more clearly define my wants, needs, and desires, along with actions I am committed to taking to move myself closer to the vision I hold for my future. I look forward to continuing this journey with Maureen, and highly recommend her as a teacher and coach. If you have the opportunity to work with her, do not hesitate for a second -- just say YES!less

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Owner, La Teraz

I have known Maureen as a counsellor, always really coaching for almost 20 years. I know very few people with the integrety and consistency that I have seen in the last two decades. Maureen has been teaching and guiding people in making choices for as long as I can remember with a professionalism and knowledge that is admired by other counselors in the city, including myself. When we host our own team building programs at La Teraz, even though I have training in the field and followed her courses in Choice Theory, I call her and her partner to facilitate the group's segment on Choice Theory. When I need to get honnest and reliable feedback, she is one of the primary people I consult in my own business to get the right questions asked to help me make my own choices to reach my ideal world in business. I not only accept to offer a recommendation I am honoured to refer her as one of the best in her field.less

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Met Maureen many years ago during a difficult life transition. She was recommended to me and I have been grateful for the connection. Through her teaching of Choice Theory she provides clarity, direction and empowerment to act. I have since been recommending her to anyone I know who is in need of her type of services. You can go see other couselors for months and start to feel better or you can go see Maureen and get direction within a few visits. the results last a life time. 
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LA Teraz

I very much agree that this training is of utmost benefit to anyone in counselling and in business and sales, I will decline, as i believe it so beneficial that I went for the full certification last year. Maureen is an excellent trainer and I benefited so much with her support, not only in certification, but in all the previous years of knowing this amazing coach. Wishing everyone the best experience in choosing to open this new door to understanding human behavior and choices

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