Please click on the link below to download all the presentations and handouts of 2021 Summer TLI.
D-58 is proud to announce that the following Toastmasters have completed their paths in Pathways. Congratulations and keep up the good work.
Also, Congratulations to the following Clubs for earning a Distinguished Award
District 58 is proud to announce toastmasters who won the Triple Crown Awards and those who completed their Pathways Paths. The Triple Crown is awarded to a Toastmaster member who achieves three or more awards within a Toastmasters year (July to June).
D-58 held it’s Annual Conference, Friday May 14 – Sunday, May 16, and elected Officers for 2021-22
This one day professional development virtual event is offered to anyone who has the desire to take their learning, communication, and leadership skills to the next level. With inspiring opening and closing keynote speakers and 4 dynamic breakout sessions, this opportunity for self-growth and development is a must attend FREE event.
In addition to the breakout sessions is the Hall of Fame session and traditional roast of the immediate past district director. The Hall of Fame session recognizes club and member achievements, and the awardees being honored for their leadership and service over the past year to Toastmasters members in District 58.
Dana Swarner, DTM, PDD, Region 7 Advisor – South
Sharon Hill, DTM, PDD, PID, Region 7 Advisor – North
LaMondre Pough – Entrepreneur, Podcaster, Coach
Amjad Ali, DTM – Author, Executive Coach, Motivational Speaker
Alisha Taylor, DTM – Life Coach, Podcaster, Engineering Program Manager
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The Virtual Contest Kit includes: a contest planning checklist, all the files, forms and training modules for every role, to help you plan and conduct a successful contest. We’ve also included a copy of the presentation slides and a link to the video replay of the training session, in case you were not able to attend or would like a refresher.
Click to access and download the contents of Virtual Contest Kit available via Google Drive. If you plan to use the Google Forms method for ballots, be sure to review the 1 Read Me First file in the folder. The remaining contents of the Contest Kit are in a zip file for quick download.
A Professional or Personal Development event (aka Open House) is an opportunity to not just attract new members, but an opportunity for members to step out of their comfort zone, to put their leadership skills to work and shine. The first step is understanding the way you need to market this event. To help market to potential members, we’re rebranding as a Professional Development Event (PDE) and recommend you advertise it this way too!
Think BIG! When you give your guests more than they expect, your event will be a huge success. Plan it all out and put everyone in the club to work. Put names next to items and have check-in process meetings
Follow these easy steps:
Start with an Open House Chair
This is a great opportunity as a Pathways project or a High Performance Leadership (HPL) project.
Open House Chair ______________________________________________
Phase One – Planning (at least 30 days out)
- Contact the D58 Club Growth Director at email@example.com and let them know you have an upcoming event. Ask for marketing materials to download to help make your event a success. Chairperson should give a Motivational Speech to club to gain commitment and volunteers
- Set a Goal for how many guests & members (Don’t just invite 10 people. Invite more because statistically only about 30% will show up.)
- Determine Date & Time to accommodate your goal
- Determine if you’ll have a Guest Speaker or conduct some variation of a Toastmasters meeting. List out who will perform each role on the agenda.
- Confirm Toastmaster of the Day
- Who will give one-minute “Toastimonials” (2-3 to speak during the meeting on how Toastmasters helps them grow)
Phase Two – Publicity and Guest-list
- Publicity and guest-list committee
- Electronically Print and distribute flyers for each member to distribute & post
- Invite neighboring businesses
- Press Releases (Make two: send 1 & 2 weeks prior to event)
- Public Service Announcements (PSA’s) – 1 & 2 weeks prior to event (Target – Radio Stations, Public Access TV, etc)
- Task every member to bring a minimum 2 guests
- Brainstorm a list of every possible place to publicize.
- HOA’s (homeowners associations)
- Cable outlets
- Community newsletters
- Corporate newsletters
- Facebook neighborhood groups
- Add to the District event calendar
- Create a Facebook event
Use the D58 Open House video in your online posts and events invitations to help publicize why Toastmasters can help
Phase Three – Theme
- Decorations committee – Download Zoom backgrounds that match the theme
- Have Membership Applications on hand to send electronically to guests information.
- Send electronically ( manuals, brochures, catalog, TM Magazine, etc. )
Post event (one week after event)
- Follow-up press release & social media with action photos
- Follow-up phone calls or letters to guests. Ask them to attend your next meeting on Zoom.
- Conduct an after-event meeting to discuss how the event went
District 58 is proud to announce that Douglas Wilson, DTM, PDG is the First Pathways DTM of our District.
Does your club needs help? Do you need a coach to show you the way to become a great and successful club? Click HERE to request a club coach.
A club coach is an experienced Toastmaster who coaches a club to rebuild membership and restore quality to the club environment. The goal of a coach is to help the club achieve recognition in the Distinguished Club Program, which is accomplished by:
- Building rapport with club leaders and members
- Instilling enthusiasm, camaraderie and structure within the club
- Assessing the club environment and recommending best practices for success
- Working with club leaders to develop a Club Success Plan
- Encouraging the club to strive for Distinguished Club Program.
Please contact D-58’s Club Growth Director Martha Kirby, DTM for any questions or details.
District 58 is growing and we need your help to create successful new clubs and support struggling clubs. Please Volunteer to support a new club’s development by becoming their sponsor or mentor; or coach a struggling club. Please fill out this form to volunteer. For any questions, please contact D-58’s Club Growth Director, Martha Kirby, DTM.
May 28, 2020
There is cause for celebration. As Toastmasters clubs around the world adapt to the effects the coronavirus crisis is having on in-person events and meetings, Toastmasters International is taking note of the overwhelming positive energy and resiliency. With year-end approaching, many of you have risen to the very difficult challenge of continuing to achieve membership and education goals, despite what is going on around you, and for this, you and your clubs are an inspiration and deserve special recognition.
The Board of Directors is sensitive to those clubs that have been dealing with membership challenges brought on by the current crisis; in fact, the Board and World Headquarters has received much feedback requesting a modification of the Distinguished Club Program (DCP) or even postponing the program year-end date to a later time. After careful consideration, the Board determined that any recognition program change to lower the qualifying requirements
or goals would be unfair to those of you going above and beyond—and amazingly, still striving toward achieving Distinguished status!
To ensure all clubs, Distinguished or not, are recognized for their outstanding efforts, new club-level awards have been created for the 2019–2020 program year only. They were designed with the same enthusiasm so many of you displayed to earn them:
Online Ovation/Education Award Silver, Online Ovation/Education Award Gold
Clubs will qualify for these awards by meeting both of the following criteria by June 30, 2020:
The Great Revival Award
This award will be presented to clubs that were suspended by April 1, 2020, then reinstated between April 1 and September 30, 2020.
Membership Consistency Award, Membership Resiliency Award
Based on a club’s membership base as calculated on July 1, 2019, the first award is presented to any club that experienced no net member loss; the second award is presented to any club that experienced a net member gain by June 30, 2020.
You can find descriptions of these awards and check your progress by visiting the Recognition Awards tab on the COVID-19 page of the Toastmasters International website www.toastmasters.org/covid-19. Recognition for a club that achieves any of the awards described above would be listed in Club Central under Club Awards. For any questions on how your club can achieve any or all of these awards, please contact our Club Quality and Member Support team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toastmasters International admires and appreciates the truly extraordinary efforts of club officers who are diligently supporting club meetings and actively encouraging members to achieve their year-end goals in these unprecedented times. If you can achieve this today, there is no telling what you will accomplish tomorrow—and we look forward to continuing to recognize you.
Toastmasters District 58 Last Quarter 2019-20 Incentives
Divisions, Areas, Clubs
- Each Qualifying Division Director receives $200 Amazon gift card
- Each Qualifying Area Director receives $100 Amazon gift card
- Each Qualifying club has choice of one of the following:
- $100 District store gift certificate
- One year Zoom Pro Meeting Subscription
*To collect the distinguished club incentive, club must reflect distinguished status on the toastmasters.org dashboard. Qualified clubs will be contacted for their choice of award.
*Club, Area and Division incentives will be processed weekly.
Let’s work together and finish the year strong!
EACH ONE SEEK ONE, REACH ONE, AND TEACH!
Incentives are a way for you to share the benefits of Toastmasters with others and help your club grow! [Read more…]
Exciting 2019-20 Pathways incentives for you and your club!
Embracing Change – Committed to Pathways
First 3 Areas through May 1, 2020, who have 100% of members enrolled in Pathways and ALL have completed their Ice Breaker, get:
- $25 District store gift certificate for each club
- Event Balloon Pack for each club
- Guest Information Card and badge pack for each club
- Guest Book for each club
- Promotional Welcome Ribbon Pack for each club
- Area will be recognized at the District Spring 2020 Conference
To claim, Area Directors, should contact Trent Kenelly, PQD, Email PQD with evidence.
First Division through May 1, 2020, who have 100% of members enrolled in Pathways and ALL have completed their Ice Breaker, get:
- $250 Event Planning award
- Division will be recognized at the District Spring 2020 Conference
To claim, Division Directors, should contact Trent Kenelly, PQD, Email PQD with evidence.
First Time Distinguished First with Pathways
The first 10 clubs that achieve Distinguished Club Status by May 1, 2020 and meet the following criteria will be recognized at the District Spring 2020 Conference, where they will receive:
- $50 District store gift certificate
- “One Team Award” certificate
- Banner Stand
To qualify, clubs must have:
- Never achieved Distinguished status in any prior year(s)
- Have achieved at least four Pathways educational goals
Pathways Triple Crown
Members who submit three Pathways levels between September 1 and April 30, will be recognized at the District 58 Spring Conference, May 2020 where they will receive the coveted Toastmasters Triple Crown award.*
Legacy Triple Crown
Members who submit any 3 legacy education awards or a combination of 3 Legacy and Pathways education awards between July 1 and April 30, will be recognized at the District 58 Spring Conference and receive the coveted Toastmasters Triple Crown award.*
*Members can receive one of the two awards only
Division C Table Topics Contestants
1st Place – Vassil Karamanov with D-58 Director Lisa Berry & Div C Director Martha Kirby
2nd Place Candace Thompson
3rd Place – Charles P. Austin Jr.
Please feel free to download or view PDTA 2019 PowerPoint presentations & PDF docs from the following link. Courtesy of Trent Kenelly, DTM Program Quality Director, District 58, Toastmasters International
THE BIGGEST LESSON I HAVE LEARNED IN SPEAKING
By Brian Woolf DTM, Advanced Communicators (#4472)
I joined Toastmasters in New Zealand in 1966. Yet the biggest lesson I have learned occurred only recently, here in South Carolina, when writing my latest book, The Speaker’s Blueprint.
The lesson? The most important part of a speech is not what you say—it’s whether you are connecting. Expressed another way: If you don’t connect, you have no effect. When you don’t connect, your words lie cold and comatose because connection always precedes persuasion.
I wish I had known this—and how to correct it—decades ago. I would have been a much better speaker as my focus would have moved from perfecting words to perfecting connecting.
Connection occurs when you are engaging the minds of those in the audience. And the stronger the engagement, the deeper the connection, and the more they are absorbed in what you are saying.
How to Connect
Once you become aware of this reality you will start seeing, finding, and thinking about ways to become a better connector. (The issue is so important, a quarter of my 240-page book is devoted to it.)
Connection has a three-part foundation stone: Mind your U’s and Q’s—and P’s too. Do this, and you are on your way. Translated, it means we should pepper our speeches with You’s and Questions, and sprinkle in some Participation invitations, too. Let’s discuss them in turn.
Mind Your U’s (You’s)
In other words, Yousify your speech. Let each listener knows you are talking to him or her individually, and not to the audience as a group. When audience members feel you are talking to them individually they take more notice.
The following are examples of Yousification:
As you can see…
I don’t know what you learned growing up but I …
I sense you are extroverted but at times you find yourself quite shy.
You can imagine her response…
You already know this but …
Mind Your Q’s (Questions)
When you ask your audience questions, you are demanding more of their minds than when just making statements; you unobtrusively move them from a passive to an active state of involvement. You have them listening, processing, thinking.
Asking a question is a great way to open a speech, for it immediately grabs their attention and engage their minds. And using U’s and Q’s in the same sentence steps up your connection power as seen in Darren LaCroix’s opening of his winning WCPS: Can you remember a moment when a brilliant idea flashed into your head?
Questions can have a humorous twinge too, as demonstrated by Vikas Jhingran:
The year was 1989 —I was a teenager and my parents were desperate.
Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?
Speakers commonly use connecting one-liner Questions, such as:
But sometimes things don’t work out well, do they?
Have you ever noticed that…?
Don’t you hate it when…? (eg, your spouse is right and you are wrong)
May I ask you a very personal question?
What do you think happened next?
Mind Your P’s (Participation invitations)
Participation involves talking directly to your audience like U’s and Q’s but, in addition, invites them to participate. For example, by asking them to raise their hand; asking them to think about something; or shouting out an answer to a question; or inviting them to repeat a key phrase. You don’t just plant a seed; you invite the audience to help you plant it—and when they do there is a sense of co-creation and co-ownership creating a stronger connective thread between them and you. Participation takes audiences from passive listening to active involvement as they become more engaged.
Participation examples include:
- Inviting the audience to repeat a phrase, eg,
Repeat after me—When in trouble, ask questions. (Michael Aun)
- Inviting the audience to repeat a phrase, eg,
It’s my way or— [Wide, one-arm wipe inviting audience to complete] —the highway.
- Invite the audience to do or say something, such as Zig Ziglar’s invitation to put their hands up (creating laughter)
Hands up those who have heard me before—or today are hearing me for the first time!
Besides U’s, Q’s and P’s, other connecting techniques to consider include:
- Being authentic and credible
- Putting yourself on the same level (not above) as the audience
- Talking about things you have in common with the audience (eg, family, growing up, school, first job)
- Including humor
The Bottom Line
In speaking, to sell our ideas and message we must first connect because audiences must relate to us before they will buy from us. Therefore, when preparing a speech, ensure your connectors are in place. Remember, they are the most important part of your speech for …
If you don’t connect, you have no effect
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Alison Boyce, DTM, PCG
Presenting “Plot Your Path: A Map to DTM”
Since Alison Boyce joined Toastmasters over 25 years ago, she has seen the Toastmaster education program change three times–each time learning to adapt amidst ensuing confusion. Perhaps that’s why Alison’s Toastmaster passion is helping members achieve success in the program. While Alison has at some point during her Toastmasters career served at every leadership level, from club to Council, she is currently Area Director of two areas, and she was the District 58 Toastmaster of the Year for 2018-2019.
Alison’s upcoming presentation, “Plot Your Path: A Map to DTM” will be an interactive session designed to help Toastmasters navigate their journey to Distinguished Toastmaster. Whether, you are a new Toastmaster or a leader in your club, you’ll leave this 50-minute presentation with plenty of valuable and applicable information.
Presenting “Successful Thinking: It’s a Know-Brainer”
Dr. Heather Collins is a Cognitive Neuroscientist with expertise in how the brain learns, remembers, and thinks about information. She empowers business professionals through brain science by creating power thinkers and catapulting confidence. She has been an enthusiastic member of the MUSC Toastmasters Club since 2011.
In Heather’s 50-minute presentation, “Successful Thinking: It’s a Know-Brainer,” she will address questions like: Are you a successful thinker? Are you an expert learner? What could you accomplish if you knew how to quickly assess a situation, take in information, and act on that information in a meaningful way? Join Heather as she digs into the science of expert learning and successful thinking and reveals simple ways of applying these skills to your professional life.
Presenting “Sponsor, Mentor, or Coach; Targeting New or Existing Clubs”
Alan’s session will highlight the new roles of the Club Sponsor or Mentor and the existing Club Coach. Not designed to be an in-depth training, Alan’s presentation will provide an overview of these roles in order to help attendees discover which role or roles they would be best suited for you as a new or advanced Toastmaster.
Alan is a seasoned professional in the fields of Architecture, Construction, and Facilities Management. He is currently the owner of Mitchell Construction Systems where he is a management consultant.
As an active member of two Toastmaster clubs, Alan has served in nearly every officer position.
Previously, Alan has worked with District 58 Leaders to produce successful TLI’s, Speech Contests, and other professional development events. He has also served as a successful Club Coach, Area Director, Division Director, and is currently serving as District 58 Club Growth Director.
Please click here to download or view all the 2019 spring conference photos.
1st Place – Marlo Hogue
Congratulations to District 58, International Speech Contest, 1st place winner, Marlo Hogue. Marlo moves on to the International Speech Contest, Region Quarterfinals. Those winners, move on to the semi-finals held at the Toastmasters International Convention in August.
2nd Place – Lefford Fate
D-58 International Speech Contest 2nd place winner:
Lefford Fate (from the Midlands)
3rd Place Phillip Woody
Winner and Participants of Evaluation Speech Contests
(From The Upstate)
( From Midlands)
(From The LowCountry)
District 58 is pleased to announce the results of the District 58 Elections held at the annual business meeting on Saturday, May 18. For the 2019-20 Toastmasters year, elected were:
|District Director||Lisa Berry|
|Program Quality Director||Trent Kenelly|
|Club Growth Director||Alan Mitchell|
|Division A Director||Lee Nettles|
|Division B Director||Harry Nettles|
|Division C Director||Martha Kirby|
|Division D Director||Wardah Ameen|
|Division E Director||Jim Hatchell|
|Division F Director||Lori Pruett|
|Division G Director||Linda Huckaby|
Prison Clubs District 58 Toastmasters May 17, 2019
D-58 Toastmasters, Do you want to make a difference ?
Violence is a treatable disease
What we know is that violence is a disease and we can reduce the spread of violence using the same strategies that epidemiologists use to treat other infectious diseases. It’s a simple model: interrupt the spread of violence, treat those at high risk of becoming infected, and change unhealthy community norms.
Inside a Prison Club
By Jodie Randisi, Treasurer, Ridgeland Toastmasters
Prison volunteers have firsthand experience and insight that others don’t have regarding the lives of prisoners, how they’ve gotten to where they are, and how they cope with and accept their crimes. It is easy for to assume these men are evil. What isn’t easy is choosing to remember that there have been circumstances (often unimaginable to us in our secure lives) that have landed these men in prison. For the most part, these men are entirely conscious and aware of their wrongdoing. They are very interested in learning how to turn their mess into a message. With their release in mind, prison club Toastmasters are working to reestablish themselves in their communities and especially within their families.
How does Toastmasters help prisoners?
Until people recognize, embrace, and heal those wounded parts of themselves, they cannot be whole; they cannot heal. However, healing is wired into our DNA. We were born with
everything we need to live and thrive. Willingness to face and embrace pain enables us to grow, evolve, and to become our best selves. Being able to share thoughts, ideas and stories has changed the mindset of prison club members.
Clyde Smith, Connie Buehner, Diana Hardy, and others District 58 Toastmasters have seen inmates go from being unable to express themselves with clarity to being confident speakers, which has helped them relationally as well. That’s why I believe prisons are a great place to cultivate people potential and Toastmasters is ideal soil to grow a crop of better men.
Prison Clubs, Why?
Toastmasters gave me the confidence I need to pursue a business career. I now have hope and courage. I am a positive vocal leader, preparing to be a motivational speaker. I have so much inside of me. I was too shy to let it out. I’m ready to speak to the youth about making good choices before they reach this level.
Meetings are an Oasis of Encouragement
Despite confinement, we meet weekly to share ideas, learn about each other, and regain humanity. Attendance in a prison is subject to many variables not encountered in
the outside world: lockdowns due to stabbings, medical appointments, parole hearings, work assignments, and family visits, all of which occasionally get in the way.
Our meetings are an oasis of encouragement for a brighter future as well as a respite from an otherwise often hostile environment. Meetings become a springboard for frank conversations about faith, fortitude, friendship as well as loss, anger, loneliness and redemption. For men of low to average education, I’m impressed by their deep insights and observations. I wonder whether they have always been so perceptive, or did these insights comes after incarceration.
If you’d like to get involved, contact: email@example.com.
The District 58 Leadership Committee (DLC) is pleased to announce the following candidates are approved for the elections for the 2019-2020 Toastmasters year:
- District Director: Lisa Berry, DTM
- Program Quality Director: Lynn Ragland, DTM
- Club Growth Director: Trent Kenelly, DTM
- Division A: Lee Nettles, ACS, ALB
- Division B: Harry Nettles, ACS, ALB
- Division C: Martha Kirby, ACB, CL
- Division D: Eve Kayte-Taylor, CC, ALB
- Division E: Jim Hatchell, ACB, CL
- Division F: Lori Pruett, ACB, ALB
- Division G: Linda Huckaby, ACS, ALS
The elections will be held during the District 58 business meeting on May 18th, 2019. This will be during the Spring Conference at the Embassy Suites Greystone in Columbia, SC.
Additional candidates may still run from the floor. Any floor candidate must submit the proper paperwork to the DLC Chair prior to the business meeting. No paperwork will be accepted during the business meeting.
The DLC members are:
- Dana Swarner (chair), DTM IPDD
- Sharon Durgin, DTM PDD
- Kim Love, DTM PDD
- David Premo, DTM
D-58 is planning to implement Division Hosts for each DEC meeting.
The host Divisions will work together to help plan and provide the refreshments for the meeting. The district will reimburse up to $50 for food and supplies (which are not available from the store room).
Also, the hosts can choose one or more members to provide an education session during the meeting.
Here are the list of meetings and host Divisions:
11/10/18 – Host: Divisions A & D
1/19/19 (full day) – Host: Divisions B & C
3/16/19 – Host: Divisions E & F
4/13/19 (new) – Host: Division G & Top 7
If you have an education session for your “host date,” reach out to PQD, Lisa Berry to coordinate.
Bob Swarner, DTM
Toastmasters District 58.
Please contact Lynn Ragland D58 Club Growth Director for more details.