Toastmasters’ Awards

It’s almost June, which means it’s the final month for most clubs to change officers and submit the number of Toastmasters awards they helped their members achieve for their Toastmasters Distinguished Club Program award.

For my Friday morning club, Dawn Patrol, I’m working on finally completing my Competent Communication (CC) and Competent Leadership (CL) awards. To complete the CC manual, I only need to complete one more speech which scheduled to present on June 5th.  To complete the CL manual, I need to do a few more things.  The two main items, first, I need to contact my former mentee to have her fill out my how I did mentoring her through the first three speeches. Second, I need to work with the Dawn Patrol webmaster to assist to the webmaster with our groups Toastmasters website which is one of the optional requirements to complete project 7. After completing those two main items, I just need to complete a few meeting roles, like Toastmaster, General Evaluator, & Topicsmaster, in the next couple of meetings.

One of my main goals for this next week is to prepare for next week’s speech at my Dawn Patrol Toastmasters club.  I’ll be giving the tenth speech in the Toastmasters Competent Communication manual, Inspire the Audience, my title for this speech is, Pick Four.  Pick Four is a notebook created around Zig Ziglar’s Legendary Goals Program which was curated by Seth Godin.  It’s a notebook that’s about achieving your goals.

I love the way this notebook starts off by stating two people, one, you may have known, Michael Phelps, and another who if you are a regular reader of Seth Godin’s blog than you’d know, but I’m guessing non-Seth Godin readers would not know in Jacqueline Novogratz.  The notebook starts off by saying that these two individuals didn’t achieve the great things in their lives by accident.  They didn’t have any of the magical combination of parents, DNA, and lucky breaks that determine your life.  That’s all bogus.  That means that you and me have the same opportunity to change our lives and this notebook is the first step down the path.  I completely agree.

Great quote I should use in my Toastmasters speech:

“You can have everything in life you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want.”

– Zig Ziglar

The Pick Four notebook gets you to complete three things. Set a goal, and in small, consistent steps, work to reach it.  Get support from your peers when your start flagging.  Repeat.

How do you achieve this with a notebook?

  1. Write in the booklet
  2. Pick goals that matter
  3. Surround yourself with support

What’s my goal for my tenth speech?

I want the audience to realize the tremendous opportunity they have to change their lives.  If they get the courage to change their lives than this notebook can help them achieve whatever realistic goals they choose.

Go pick your own four goals, NOW!