Monday, August 21, 2017

Learning about Vocal Variety


We had a fun meeting in a new temporary location next door while they are renovating the Nifty Fifties. Always good to shake things up a bit, speak in a new venue or location. See what comes up for us! This week both our speakers were focussing on Project #6 Vocal Variety. We learned about the Power of Pause, Rate of Speaking, and the importance of Tone.

Marvin was our enthusiastic Toastmaster spoke on the Theme of Festivals and Food and all the delicious foods he had at the Taste of Calgary. Mmm!  Ayanna gave an inspiring speech about the "The Powerful, Formidable, Terrifying Midnight Robber". This is a character in the Trinad Carnival who is a legendary storyteller using very descriptive language. She also challenged the members to embody the best vision of yourself you can imagine and keep working on your goals. Mona shared funny stories"Going Euro" of her trip to Europe and how she almost missed boarding the Eurostar. We leaned about making an impact by using luggage as a prop to get the audience's attention!

Great having two guests and our members recieved feedback from evaluators who helped them become better speakers. If you were not there, we missed you! Hope to see you this week!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Toastmasters Can Help You in Your Personal & Professional Life

Benefits of Toastmasters from an Igniters Member
Listen in on the story of one of our members who in fact has moved away and no longer part of our club because he used the skills and confidence he gained through Toastmasters to land a job... Way to go!
https://youtu.be/JdrWn24UzFI







More Year End Awards & New Board Induction

Our July 4th meeting was celebratory with awards for 

Spirit of Success New Member
Spirit of Success Speech Achievement  
Member Making Difference 
and there was also an Executive Induction 





Igniters Party

What a fun night it was, full of laughters and fun!

Check out some of the photos of Igniters Toastmasters Year End Party at Mona's home where we also celebrated Canada 150 and gave out club awards.













Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Spring Contest District 42, Division E, Area 41 Winners



INTERNATION SPEECH CONTEST

      Contest Chair:  Kathy Young
      Contest Winner: Ellen Pelletier
      Contest Toastmaster: Nandini Venkatesan














 EVALUATION CONTEST                                     
                                                                           Congratulations ELLEN !!!!!! 
  Contest Chair:  Kathy Young
  Contest Toastmaster: Ben Knochel
  Contest Winner: Ellen Pelletier






Come out and support Ellen at
Division E Contest
Thursday, April 20
Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association
1320 5 Ave NW, Calgary





SPRING CONTEST 2017 - THANK YOU

  • Igniter's were thrilled to host the 2017 Spring Contest on April 4, 2017.  This contest could not happen without many volunteers. 
  • We would like to say thank you to the following.
    • Contest Chairs:    Kathy Young & Brenda Jones,
    • Toastmasters:       Nandini Venkatesan & Ben Knochel
    • Chief Judge:         Marvin Henry 
    • Timers:                 Ksenija Crnogorac & Chris Crooks
    • Ballot Counters:    Mona Cooley, Val Erickson & Diane Fox
    • Sargent at Arms:   Marion Butcher & Muhannad Nouri:
    • Test Speaker & Judges:     to remain anonymous
  • A big thanks to those that brought food and drinks.  Once again members and guests left the Igniter's hall with their food craving satisfied as we have a large variety of  appetizers and deserts. 
  • Apologies to anyone I missed in this THANK YOU.  Everyone that came and shared in the evening helped to make the contest memorable.
          

SPRING CONTEST District 42, Division E, Area 42

INTERNATIONAL SPEECH CONTEST

Once again our competitors did an awesome job presenting their speeches.  The audience was treated with five very different orations, all of which were entertaining and informative.
Contestants : Brandon Felty, Ellen Pelletier, Julie Wright, Julianna Barabas and Ken Schatzke chell Contest Chair - Kathy Young  Toastmaster - Nandini Venkatesan



  EVALUATION CONTEST

We appreciated and enjoyed our test speaker that shared a life experience that many of us could relate to.  Our Contestants: Geetha Nicodemus, Ellen Pelletier and Supun DeSilva each brought their our style to the evaluations and as an audience member I appreciated and learned from their appraisals.   Toastmaster: Ben Knochel




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Club Contest March 2017 - Participation, Challenge and Success

All participants in the Igniters Club Contest were acknowledged by President Marion who personally thanked everyone for their participation.  The contest organizers spend weeks making decisions that produced a rewarding experience for contestants and the many guest.

Evaluation Contestants: Stephen (SSA), Ellen, Anne, Marion (TM), Chris
First Place Winner Ellen

International Speech Contestants:  Ellen, Malcolm, Yvonne, Margaret, Marion (TM), Mona (SAA)


First Place Winner Ellen




Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Test Speaker during Workshop

Nandini's Evaluation Workshop created a full house with 18 guests.  Her presentation was informative and interactive.  Michelle volunteered to be the Test Speaker for our evaluation practice.  "The Act" was well researched and challenged our thinking about food choices, especially our fast food treats that sneak into our meals.  It is always a treat to see the collaboration between two speakers in one meeting!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Igniters Toastmasters – “Power Up Your Evaluations!” Tuesday, March 7, 2017


Do you want to find tips to be a stronger evaluator?

Are you interested in competing more effectively in the Spring Contests?  

Would you like to be a better speaker?

If you answer yes to any of the questions – this fun and interactive workshop is for you! Join two - time District 42 Evaluation Winner, Nandini Venkatesan DTM who will share her experiences and help you become a stronger evaluator and speaker. For Toastmasters at all levels. She will share advice and tips she learned from mentors, competitors, and Toastmaster friends.

Location: Parkdale Community Association, 3512 - 5th Avenue NW
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm
Registration: 6:30 pm
Cost: $5 for materials

Free Parking: In the community lot or street parking.

* Preregister by: Monday, March 6, 2017  


Hope to see you there!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Open House Meeting - February 28

Igniters is having an Open House meeting on February 28.  Guests are encouraged to come to our meeting to experience the benefits of public speaking. 

Toastmasters provides a positive environment for developing communication and leadership skills:

➤ Give better sales presentations
➤ Hone your management skills
➤ Work better with fellow employees
➤ Develop and present ideas more effectively
➤ Offer constructive criticism
➤ Accept feedback more objectively

Igniters is especially focused on mentoring to ensure a positive experience that is respectful.  Check out our Mentoring Resources!

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Got a Sales Pitch?

Rob had a business idea and his sales pitch was given in CC#8 with visual aids.  The lead in story was captivating, the middle part was technical but not too technical then we had to provide our input about whether we would buy it to avoid a catastrophe due to lack of this innovative technology. Igniters has listened to a few speakers who were working on their sales pitch or interview pitch and we want to hear more.