Monday, July 11, 2011

Tip of the Week: Toastmasters Suffrage

When we vote for best speaker, best table topics speaker, and best evaluator, be sure to wait until all the "candidates" have spoken.  For best evaluator, this includes the speech evaluators, plus the timer, grammarian, ah counter, and last but not least the General Evaluator!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Our new member, Kat Latet, says hi!

Hello Fellow Toastmasters, my name is Kat Latet.  I work as the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Oregon Primary Care Association (OPCA).  OPCA is the membership association for community health centers (CHCs) across the state.  As the Community Engagement Coordinator, I am in charge of our advocacy program and do government relations and policy work.  I have a passion for politics, so sometimes my work carries over into my free time.  I am a lover of many things, including live music, traveling, the outdoors (my backyard and the back country) and playing team sports.

I have had Toastmasters on my list of things to do for awhile, but have always found an excuse for why I couldn’t fit it in.  While discussing professional development with my office, Toastmasters came up, so here I am.  I hope to improve my ability to speak publicly, since it is something that I do often for my work.  I also look forward to writing speeches and delivering them.  Lastly, since I am of the American “like” generation, I hope to curb my usage of “like” and all of those other words counted by the “ah” counter.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Taking time off?

Summer season is vacation season!  Many of our members are taking vacations this summer – are you one of them?  If so, you can let me know which days you will not be able to attend Toastmasters, and I will create a “time off request” in the scheduling software so you won’t be scheduled for a role during your vacation.  Similarly, if you have a standing monthly meeting on Wednesdays – for example I have a meeting the third Wednesday of every month at noon – I can create a rule in the software so you won’t get scheduled on those days with conflicts.  This feature in the software makes time off requests easy for you and for the scheduler!