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Olivia Schofield Offering Webinar to District 59 Members

The Toastmasters Podcast Europe is pleased to announce that Olivia Schofield will be conducting a Webinar on the Voice of Success for District 59 members.  District 59 Public Relations Officer, Ruxandra Balboa-Poysti, recently interviewed Olivia as preparation and promotion of the webinar.  It should be noted that portions of the audio quality vary, so we have posted the questions that Olivia was asked.

Intro: Olivia Schofield, you are known within TM circles as THE woman champion finalist of 2011 and to many companies as one of the inspirational speakers of Spectacular speaking. You are also the author of “A thief, a failure, a fabulous future” and you are currently working on your second book. We are interviewing you today because many of our members prepare for speech contests right now and a certain number aspire to become professional public speakers. I personally can’t think of any better example than you to illustrate how by owning or getting passed our inner impediments, we can turn from shadow into light.
1) How did you turn the young lady tortured by a speech impediment into an appreciated public speaker worldwide?
2) we all have the ability to speak naturally. What does the job of a public speaker consist of? Could any of us become a public speaker?
3) there are very few female public speakers we women could take as models be it in terms of communication or leadership style. Is the business of public speaking a men’s world run by men and mainly intended for a male audience or can a woman easily find her way?
4) Toastmasters was your platform for building yourself as a public speaker and launching a business you would not have thought of. Regardless of the gratitude, aren’t there moments when one was to think in terms of cutting the cord with Toastmasters to really develop own business or is it an environment that will nurture yourself for ever?
5) what could we improve in Toastmasters to help our members emerge as better communicators?
5 bis) what do you think of the opportunity offered by Toastmasters Speakers Bureau’s in terms of enabling potential public speakers to emerge?
6) In your book ” A thief, a failure, a fabulous future, you tell us how you overcame your speech impediment to reach the finals of the Toastmasters contest in 2011 with the help of a teddy bear called Wodwik, you tell us how you went from considering yourself a failure to accepting yourself and becoming a top performance-driven person. I take p.7 of your booklet where you say: ” the first step towards the trophy of truth is to minimize our weaknesses and maximize our success”. How does that work?
7) In the coming weeks, you have kindly accepted to give two voice trainings through our district 59 go-to-webinar channel – our audience will find the links under this podcast. Why is voice training so crucial in preparing for speech competitions or high profile presentations and what will the objectives of these two sessions be?
8) Viktor Frankl, the founder of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming) wrote “I want you to listen to what your conscience commands you to do and go on to carry it to the best of your knowledge”. Isn’t it the supreme goal for a coach in public speaking, that word and action are one and that they ultimately support our deepest values?

District 59 Public Relations Officer, Ruxandra Balboa-Poysti, would like to thank you Olivia for sharing her insights with us. She would like to remind you that you can register for Olivia’s webinars the Voice of success:early morning voice training with Olivia Schofield that will take place 3rd and 17th April by clicking on the links under this podcast. Toastmasters District 59 offers Olivia’s booklet/CD to the 30th person to register for the webinars and Wodrik the teddy bear to the 60th. To help prepare for your upcoming speech contest, I invite you to read her winning speech from her website.

 

How to Register:

Please register for The voice of success I: early morning voice training with Olivia Schofield on Apr 3, 2014 8:00 AM CEST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6030218003538771457

And for The voice of success II: early morning voice training with Olivia Schofield on Apr 17, 2014 8:00 AM CEST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7058617617276790785

During these webinars, Olivia Schofield will give some tips and tricks to help you prepare for your upcoming competitions and presentations. She will tell you about working with the musicality of your voice, warming it up and articulating. These tips are specifically intended for an audience of non native speakers or for native speakers addressing an audience of non-natives. After the event, the webinars will be available on the district website  (www.district59.org)

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Episode 16 2014- The Year of Toastmasters And You!

Welcome to the podcast!

Welcome back from the Holidays and Happy 2014! We thought that a new year gives us an opportunity to hit the reset button on our lives and our goals, so why focus on achieving in 2014.

 

In this episode we…

  • Focus on getting the most out of 2014 for you and your club and making 2014, the Year of Toastmasters and You.  Are your goals SMART? Are they Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-based?  Are they also designed to inspire and motivate you to stick with them?  Tim Ferris in his book The Four Hour Workweek has said “Realistic goals, goals restricted to the average ambition level, are uninspiring and will only fuel you through the first or second problem, at which point you throw in the towel “, so you should also design your goals to be motivating and encouraging, so you can stick it out and feel a sense of achievement.

 

Look for the next episode, coming in the next few weeks.

Bye for now.

Photo credit: “New Year 1” courtesy of ba1969.

Episode 15 Robert Cockburn

Welcome to the podcast!

We thought that we’d get an episode before the holiday season kicks into full speed. In the coming days many of you will be traveling, meeting with family and friends, and looking back on 2013. What memories do you have from Toastmasters in 2013?  With the new year just around the corner, maybe you can think about what you’d like to accomplish in Toastmasters in 2014. Is there a manual that you’ve been wanting to complete, or have you given any thought to becoming an officer, competing in a speech contest, or being a mentor?  A new year gives us all a chance to hit our reset button and to do some planning, so why not take advantage of this opportunity.

 

In this episode we…

  • We interview long time Toastmaster, Robert Cockburn. Robert shares some of his 29+ years of Toastmasters experience with us.

 

Look for the next episode, coming in the next few weeks.

Bye for now.

Episode 14 Tuire Vuolasvirta

Tuire Vuolasvirta- D59 Lt. Governor Marketing Northeast

 

Welcome to the podcast!

We thought that we’d get an episode out while much of the Toastmaster world in Europe is converging on Budapest for the District 59 2013 Fall Conference.

 

In this episode we…

  • We interview Tuire Vuolasvirta, the District 59 Lt. Governor Marketing Northeast.

 

Look for the next episode, coming in the next few weeks.

Bye for now.

Episode 13- Lucky 13 and We’re Number1

Welcome to the podcast!

We thought that we’d get an episode out while much of the Toastmaster world is converging on Cincinatti for the 2013 International Convention.

 

In this episode we…

  • It’s offical, District 59 is Number 1 for the 2012-13 Toastmaster year.
  • The new Clarion is out
  • Toastmasters first officially admited women as members in August, 1973, how are you and your club celebrating 40 years of women in Toastmasters?
  • We interview Malcolm Warden, the creator of EasySpeak.

 

Look for the next episode, coming in the next few weeks.

Bye for now.

Episode 12 Raquel Belo, João de Mendonça, Morag Mathieson and Ed Tate

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we…

  • We have more interviews from Antwerp and the District 59 2013 Spring Confernce
  • Interview Raquel Belo, who gave a very inspiring speech as a semifinalist and a finalist in the International Speech Contest at D59 in Antwerp
  • Talk to João de Mendonça, who was the D59 Lt Governor of Education in the 2012-13 TM year and will be D59 Governor for the 2013-14 TM year
  • Have a conversation with Morag Mathieson reflects on the year that she has had as the D59 Governor in the 2012-13 TM year
  • Interview Ed Tate, the 2000 World Champion of Public Speaking who was a keynote speaker in Antwerp conference this year.

 

Look for the next episode, coming in the next few weeks.

Bye for now.

Darryl

Episode 10 Kees Broos and Darmstadt Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Welcome to the podcast!

In this episode we…

  • Interview Kees Broos, who is the District 59  Lt. Governor of Marketing in the current Toastmasters year and who I first came to know as the Division F Governor
  • We celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Dartmstadt Toastmasters club with an interview  with Matthias Lehmann and a round table discussion with some of the more experienced Toastmasters there talking about 10 years at the club
  • We have a big update from Antwerp about the District 59 2013 Spring Confernce
  • We’re looking for a theme song for the podcast, we’ve included snippets  from the new club theme for the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany

I’ll be at the District 59 2013 Spring Conference in Antwerp, Belgium, I hope to see you there.

Bye for now.

Darryl

Episode 09- The Birthday Show

 

Welcome to the podcast, believe it or not, the podcast has been around for a whole year now, so this is our birthday episode.  We wrap of the interviews from the District 59 2012 Fall Conference in Bonn, Germany.

In this episode we…

  • Interview Peter Kent, who has 20+ years experience in Toastmasters
  • Talk to Barbara Hoerger, who was the District 59 Governor for 2011-2012 Toastmasters year
  • Talk to Morag Mathieson, who is the current District 59 Governor for the 2012-2013 Toastmaster year
  • We have a big update from Antwerp about the District 59 2013 Spring Confernce
  • D59 has beens promoting Open Houses at clubs in February and March, be sure to let your Area Governor know when you’re holding yours and about the results
  • We’re looking for a theme song for the podcast, we’ve included snippets  from the new club theme for the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Look for the next Toastmasters Podcast Europe coming in the next few weeks.

 

Bye for now.

Darryl

Episode 08- D59 2012 Fall Conference Part 02

Welcome to the podcast, this is the second of a series of podcasts with interviews from the District 59 2012 Fall Conference in Bonn, Germany.

In this episode we…

  • Interview João de Mendonça who is the D59 Lt. Governor for Education for the 2012-2013 Toastmaster year and was the D59 Lt. Governor for Marketing last year
  • Talk to Rudy Moralez, who is the Area Governor for D59 Division F Area 2
  • Talk to Bill Monsour, who was the English Humorous Speech Contest Toastmaster for the finals and for one of the semifinals in Bonn, some of you might know him for his work with EasySpeak
  • District 59 2013 Spring Confernce link
  • D59 is promoting Open Houses at clubs in February and March, be sure to let your Area Governor know when you’re holding yours
  • Don’t forget that we’re looking for the  best club theme song in Europe, so send us yours today
  • We’re also looking for a theme song for the podcast, we’ve included snippets  from the new club theme for the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Look for the next Toastmasters Podcast Europe coming in the weeks.

 

Bye for now.

Darryl

Episode 07- D59 2012 Fall Conference Part 01

Welcome to the podcast, this is the first of a series of podcasts with interviews from the District 59 2012 Fall Conference in Bonn, Germany.

In this episode we…

  • Interview Earl Taylor, Toastmaster contest enthusist from Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Talk to George Thomas, who is currently service a two year term as a Director on the Toastmasters International Board of Directors and he was the keynote speaker in Bonn
  • Egwin Gonthier tells us about the District 59 2013 Spring Conference being held in Antwerp, Belgium on May 10-12th
  • District 59 2013 Spring Confernce link
  • Don’t forget that we’re looking for the  best club theme song in Europe, so send us yours today
  • We’re also looking for a theme song for the podcast, we’ve included snippets  from the new club theme for the Famous Toastmasters of Wiesbaden, Germany
  • Look for the next Toastmasters Podcast Europe coming in the next couple of weeks.

 

Bye for now.

 

Darryl