District Executive Council Training

Saturday February 15, 2020 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM

Keiser University, 1500 N.W. 49th Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309

Agenda Notes: Division and Area Directors are reminded that you will have 30 minutes to present to the DEC on:

1.    Area Visits

2.    Club Growth- (New Clubs, Prospective Clubs)

3.    Program Quality- DCP Program, TLI, Speech Contest

4.    Challenges

5.    What is being done to address them?

6.    Successes

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Shakira Taylor, DTM
Administration Manager 2019-2020

Division E International & Table Topics Contests Contests

Saturday April 4, 2020

Start time: TBA


2101 NW 117th Ave.
Miami, FL 33172 (Map)

Event Types:

District 47 Annual Conference

Friday May 1, 2020
Saturday May 2, 2020
Sunday May 3, 2020

More detailed schedule information will follow.

Canadian Murder Mystery Costume Party, hosted by West Kendall Toastmasters

Wednesday October 23, 2019 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

West Kendall Toastmasters invites other Toastmasters and prospective Toastmasters to join them for a “Canadian Whodunit” Murder Mystery” Costume Party – Murder by Belligerent Beaver!

Sports Grill Restaurant
9090 SW 97th Avenue
Miami Florida (Map)

Time:   7-9PM (arrive at 6:30pm)

Free Event

Kimberley Green 

More details in the downloadable flyer.

Event Types:

Video: District 47 Evaluation Contest Winners, 2019

Here are the evaluation contest winners, along with the test speech they were reacting to from Domenic Caliola.

Maritza Coscarelli
1st Place

Luiz Bravim
2nd Place

John Schneyer
3rd place

Each of the contestants had already won contests at increasing levels of competition — club, area, and division — before getting the district level. The district’s 2019 annual conference also featured contests for Humorous SpeechTable Topics (impromptu speaking) and the International Speech Contest.

Speech evaluations are one of the most important parts of the Toastmasters program, giving speakers immediate feedback on what they did well and what they could have done better. The evaluation contest recognizes skill of giving productive feedback that even experienced speakers can benefit from.

Execution of a Speech Contest ~ How to Handle the “Day of” Challenges (Webinar Replay)

This webinar was conducted on August 19, 2019 by Lois Margolin, District Contest Chair, Florida, and Patricia Hamilton, District Contest Chair, Bahamas.

You can find more resources, including the replay of an earlier webinar on planning a contest at https://toastmastersd47.org/contests/

How to Blog on the District Website (and Why You Might Want To)

District officers and Toastmasters from throughout District 47 are invited to submit articles for the blog on the district website. Division Directors and Area Directors are also being offered the opportunity to share items of local interest on separate division blogs (so far, only Division I is taking advantage).

The video below is a replay of a webinar in which I detailed what exactly a blog is (basically, just an easy way of posting timely information) and how to create posts using WordPress (the software that now powers the district website).

Things that would be appropriate to post to the district blog:

  • Leadership lessons learned in Toastmasters
  • Programs that one particular club created, or participates in, that other clubs can learn from. For example, at some point I will probably share a blog about how my home club, Club Awesome, uses video as both an educational and promotional tool. But to avoid being too much of a self promoter, I would like other clubs to share their great ideas first
  • Program information on upcoming events, such as TLIs. I would argue: Don’t wait until every detail of the schedule is nailed down. Think about answering the most important questions in all of marketing: “Why should I care?” and “What’s in it for me?” The sooner you share details about the great speakers, programs, and activities at your next event, the more likely you are to hit your registration and attendance targets
  • Additional resources shared as the follow up to a presentation at a TLI, such as the slides from the presentation and links to organizations mentioned in your presentation. Maybe a list of additional or related topics you didn’t get a chance to cover within a limited time
  • Outstanding or educational speech videos. As shown in the tutorial, you can easily add video that has been uploaded to YouTube to the body of a blog post or web page manged by WordPress. (Also works with video from Facebook and many other video sharing websites)

I don’t recommend posting the exact same content to a blog article that you would post to social media. As a rule of thumb, it’s better to use blogging as a way of expanding on your ideas and social media as a marketing tool for getting people to come to the blog. If you look at a Twitter feed, it largely consists of people sharing links to articles along with their own commentary. See also my article on the use of (and the mistakes I frequently see with) images as the content of blogs and social posts.

There are also topics that would be more appropriate to post on LinkedIn or some other personal, professional, or political website than on a Toastmasters website.

Articles will be reviewed for appropriateness and conformance to Toastmasters branding guidelines prior to publication. It’s possible we will decline to publish some articles, but if so I will coach you on other places you can share what you would like to share — and believe me when I say I would much rather say “yes” than “no” to your contributions.

Adding a blog post

If you would like to contribute articles to the District 47 blog, write to . Division Directors, Area Directors and other district leaders should have already received an email notification inviting them to set a password for the website.

Blogging for the district is one way you can work toward the “Create a Compelling Blog” Pathways project and teaches skills you can also use to promote a podcast or an online course or your own small business or your favorite cause.

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Video: Humorous Speech Contest Winners for 2019

The winners of the recent contest for Humorous Speech, held at the District 47 Annual Conference, were:

  • Missy Monikian, 1st Place
  • Brajesh Singh, 2nd Place
  • Leah Von Salvo, 3rd Place

To get to this level, each of them had won contests at the level of their club, area, and division.

Missy Monokian, 1st Place
Brajesh Singh, 2nd Place
Leah Von Salvo, 3rd Place