The strength of the club is being able to ask more experienced members how to solve problems or answer questions. The philosophy of Toastmasters is learning by doing and you can research the answers from a variety of resources.
Here are two recent questions from a new member wanting to do their first speech to an experienced member wanting to know more about competitions, who researched the answer for himself.
How do I sign up for my ice-breaker speech?
A: If you go to http://toastmasterclub.org/ and sign in, you should see “My participation” in the navigation bar. Hover over that and click “Sign up for meetings”. Below ‘Confirm attendance’ you should see a ‘Request speech’ button; click that and a new window should pop up.
Type in your title (TBC is fine if you don’t have one yet, you can come back in and change it later.)
Click ‘Select a workbook’ — if you can see ‘Competent Communicator’ in the workbook table, click it; if not, you may need to start a new workbook from the drop-down first: pick Competent Communicator. You should then see a menu of speeches; click on the radio-button next to ‘Ice-Breaker.’
Lastly, go to the ‘Preferred dates’ tab and select three possible dates, ideally ones for which the meeting isn’t full!
Click the save button in the top right corner, and you’re done.
Colin Beveridge, Vice President of Membership
What happens if a contestant is absent for the relevant competition briefing?
A. If the primary contestant is absent for the relevant competition briefing, the alternate speaker (if present) is permitted to attend the briefing in place of the primary contestant.
The Competition Rules go on to say:
- If the primary contestant is not present when the person conducting the contest is introduced, the primary contestant is disqualified and the alternate officially becomes the contestant.
- Should the primary contestant arrive after the briefing but before the person conducting the contest is introduced, the primary contestant is permitted to compete, provided the primary contestant:
- a) Reports to the contest chair upon his/her arrival.
- b) Has all required paperwork in good order before the person conducting the contest is introduced to begin the contest.
- c) Waives the opportunity of a briefing.
Douglas Pigg, Treasurer