Monday 29th November 2021- Live Report by DTM Kavita Dulai

“Want to Be a Leader? Lead Yourself First” with Guest Speaker Michael Wader

DCOM provides numerous leadership opportunities at every club meeting throughout the year and at various special events. 29th November 2021 was no exception; DCOM had invited an inspirational guest speaker Michael Wader to share his keynote on leadership

Guest Keynote Speaker, an American Veteran with 25 years of leadership experience and corporate training, Michael Wader told us to take care of the people and the people will take care of the process. Nik Lakhani DTM and Digital Communicators President later confirmed that this statement was in line with his leadership style during the impromptu section of the meeting. This Nik believes encourages greater creativity from his teams.

Self-Leadership Principles

Here are the leadership principles that Michael shared that we can apply to our lives before we seek to lead others.

Take Control of your Thoughts and Habits:

Top leaders know what they think and watch their daily habits.

Look in the mirror – Do you like what you see?

Confidence and Enthusiasm:

At work, initiative leads to advancement. Be confident and enthusiastic.

Learn Continuously from Self and Others:

Everything has an opportunity cost.

Leaders first make time and space to reflect on their own life and learnings, then prioritize!

A leader doesn’t have all the answers. He or she is always on the lookout for better ideas

Prioritize Personal growth:

Grow yourself and then others.

The meeting was expertly led by Antonia Hernandez who seamlessly transitioned between various segments of the meeting. Antonia gave introductions for the Tech Tips section, she then introduced the Prepared Speeches. There was an introduction for the Table Topics presenter then finally the General Evaluation which was carried out by Andrew Bennett DTM.

Good virtual speaking is a must in today’s world and it doesn’t necessarily follow the same rules as a good in-person presentation.  Julian Cereceda DTM Shared his Top-Tips on Prezi Video thus helping members to further build expertise digital-presenting. There was a follow up Prezi Masterclass delivered by Julian on December 9th 2021.

The Prepared Speech was very much in line theme of leadership. DTM Dec Cluskey told us how he rescued a Toastmaster Club that was about to fold. Dec shared his learnings and strategy on how to rescue a club.

The Grammarian role was taken by Ishrat Bundhun who skilfully introduced the word of the day ‘Paramount’ and encouraged participants to use in their speeches throughout the meeting.

Table Topics was led by Pamela Benjamin DTM, carried out in line with theme of leadership. One of the guest speakers Angela Heath, shared an inspiring story in a 2 minute impromtu speech on how she turned a ‘loss of employment’  into an opportunity to write numerous books and start businesses. This was a great example of how, in line with Keynote Speaker Michael Wader teachings that leading the self first is paramount for success.

Digital Communicators is an Advanced Speaking Toastmasters Club specialising in Online Presence. They help  their members to improve public speaking in this fast-evolving online world. …

  • Is it time to improve  your public speaking skills in this digital-space?
  • Is it time to move away from a mindset of physical communications?
  • Do you want a safe place to improve your digital engagement?

The club is adaptive and innovative and creating a myriad opportunity for members to thrive in the world of on-line communication by providing a safe environment and supportive environment. 

Why don’t you join the next meeting, as a guest and see for yourself?

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Shooting the Gun

09, August 2021 Digital Communicator members and guests took on the theme of celebrating the Olympic spirit. What makes an athlete successful? I have no doubt that what is paramount for all athletics is routine.  This is the habitual rising in the morning, exercising, diet, adequate relaxation and sleep.  All of this is carried out in a timely fashion, supported by coaches, peers, mentors and family.  This is the formula for accomplishment in sports.

Evaluations are a huge part of how Toastmasters improve their public speaking abilities. Part of the Table Topics session of Digital Communicator Club meetings is the ‘Shotgun Evaluation’ section. Unique to this club the idea is that the Table Topics Master calls on a club member to give an impromptu evaluation for each off-the-cuff speech. How can we become champions at Shotgun Evaluations? The answer I believe lies in habitual structure and delivery in the same way that Olympians commit themselves to routine.

What I propose is consistency. If you are carrying out a Shotgun Evaluation don’t try to evaluate as you would a full speech! Be aware that the person who takes on a Table Topic is ultimately competing with themself! By this I mean that they are striving to be the very best that they can be! When carrying out a shotgun evaluation be mindful of this and reinforce the speaker by commendations.

Here are my Top Tips:

  1. Pick one aspect of the impromptu speech to evaluate: Structure, Delivery or Language
  2. Greet the Club (Thank the Topics Master, Toastmasters & possible Guests)
  3. Structure your evaluation by:

Commendation, Commendation, Recommendation, Commendation.

  1. Thank Table Topic Master & your Audience
  2. Write a one line note of your evaluation

As a Shotgun Evaluator at Digital Communicators, you are akin to working amongst a team.  A team that is striving for success. Be the player that bolsters the speaker’s confidence.  If your Shotgun Evaluation honed in on delivery, make a note of it and watch for the speaker’s impromptu improvement next time round!  Who knows if your one recommendation may well be the one single thing that resonates with a speaker?  As we strive for excellence in our game let’s get a standard going.

Colette Ainscough 11, August 2021

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