Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Bradley Toastmasters Club Meeting May 23, 2013


Bradley chapter of Toastmasters International is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping its members develop confidence and leadership strengths; overcome the fear of public speaking while enhancing their communication skills.

We meet at the Peoria Public Library, Downtown on the 4th Thursday of the Month for networking at 4:00pm club meeting at 4:30pm

For more information call or email Martie Ogborn, President at 309-359-8753 or

Hope to see you soon!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

MARCH 2nd - PEORIA, IL Peoria Area Toastmasters will present the film SPEAK on Saturday March 2 at the Peoria Public Library, Downtown (107 NE Monroe) Main Auditorium. Public is invited. Doors will open at 9:45am screening at 10:00 am and again at 2:00 pm. Admission and refreshments are FREE.Reservations are requested but not required by calling 309-359-8753, or registering online at The screening will be followed by a Q&A with members of local clubs.

SPEAK follows six characters as they overcome life’s hurdles while participating in the largest speech contest in the world, the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. Funny, inspiring and moving, SPEAK tells a story about hope, perseverance and transformation – a story everyone can relate to. . |

Saturday, September 10, 2011

It's Speech Contest Time

If you have questions ask them here.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Toastmasters Speech Contest Judging Criteria for the Spring Competition

Speech Development
- Structure, organization, support material - 20%
Speech development is a way the speaker puts ideas together so the audience can understand them. The speech is structured around a purpose, and this structure must include an opening, body, and conclusion. A good speech immediately engages the audience's attention and then moves forward toward a significant conclusion. This development of the speech structure is supported by relevant examples, illustrations, facts, and figures, delivered with such smoothness that they blend into the framework of the speech to present the audience with a unified whole.
Effectiveness - Achievement of purpose, interest, reception - 15%
Effectiveness is measured in part by the audience's reception of the speech, but a large part is your subjective judgment of how the speech came across. You should ask yourself such questions as "Was I able to determine the speaker's purpose?" "Did the speech relate directly to that purpose?" "Was the audience's interest held by the speaker?" "Was this speech subject appropriate for this particular audience?"
Speech Value - Ideas, logic, original thought - 15%
Speech Value justifies the act of speaking. The speaker has a responsibility to say something meaningful and original to the audience. The listeners should feel the speaker has made a contribution to their thinking. The ideas should be important ones, although this does not preclude a humorous presentation of them.
- Appearance, body language - 10%
Physical presentation of a speech carries part of the responsibility for effective communication. The speaker's appearance should reinforce the speech, whether profound, sad, humorous, or instructional. Body language should support points through gestures, expressions, and body positioning.
Voice - Flexibility, volume - 10%
Voice is the sound that carries the message. It should be flexible, moving from one pitch level to another for emphasis, and should have a variety of rate and volume. Good voice can be clearly heard and the words easily understood.
Manner - Directness, assurance, enthusiasm - 10%
Manner is the indirect revelation of the speaker's real self as the speech is delivered. The speaker should speak with enthusiasm and assurance, showing interest in the audience and confidence in their reactions.
- to speech purpose and audience - 10%
Appropriateness of language refers to the choice of words that relate to the speech purpose and to the particular audience hearing the speech. Language should promote clear understanding of thoughts and should fit the occasion precisely.
Correctness - grammar, pronunciation, word selection - 10%
Correctness of language ensures that attention will be directed toward what the speaker says, not how it is said. Proper use of grammar and correct pronunciation will show that the speaker is the master of the words being used.

ANALYTICAL QUALITY (40%) clear, focused
Analytical quality refers to the effectiveness of the evaluation. Every evaluation should carefully analyze the strengths and weaknesses of the speaker's presentation. Were the evaluator's comments clear and logical? Did the evaluator identify specific strengths and weaknesses of the presentation?
RECOMMENDATIONS (30%) positive, specific, helpful
Recommendations are an important part of an evaluation. An evaluator not only points out the strengths and weaknesses of the speech, he/she also offers specific recommendations for improvement. Recommendations should be practical, helpful and positive, and they should enable the speaker to improve his or her next presentation.
TECHNIQUE (15%) sympathetic, sensitive, motivational
Technique refers to the manner in which the evaluator presents his/her comments and recommendations. An evaluator should be sensitive to the feelings and needs of the speaker, yet inspire and encourage the speaker in his/her future speaking efforts.
SUMMATION (15%) concise, encouraging
Summation is how the evaluator concludes the evaluation. The conclusion should briefly summarize the evaluator's comments and suggestions, and be positive and encouraging.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Required Club Officer Training Scheduled

Plan NOW for 2010-2011 Required Club Officer Training scheduled:
TLI– South July 10, 2010 Bloomington, IL Dean, Nicole Shake
TLI– West July 17, 2010 Moline, IL Dean, Jeffrey Carl
TLI– North July 31, 2010 Delnor Hospital Dean, Ron Jones
Watch for additional details and registration information on the District 54 website:

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

District 54 Dispatch Now Available

The District 54 Dispatch for April 2010 is now available at the following link:

This issue of the newsletter features information about the upcoming spring conference, April 16-17 in Peoria. Please take a few minutes to read and enjoy!

Monday, March 29, 2010

Speech-a-thon March 31

The Timely Talkers Toastmasters would like to invite all clubs to participate in our Speech-a-Thon to be held March 31, 2010 at the Valley Community Bank, 75 S. Randall Rd, North Aurora from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Any Toastmaster is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

A Speech-A-Thon is a night filled with speeches and evaluations only. The best one I attended had 11 speakers from 6 different clubs. You get to hear speakers you may not otherwise here.

Do you have a hard time getting on the schedule to speak? Then come join us. Do you want to step outside your comfort zone and speak before a friendly audience,  but a group you've not been in front of before? Then come join us. Do you just like to try  new things. Then come join us. Even if  you don't want to speak you can be an evaluator, or part of the audience.

We plan to have 8 speakers and I've reserved 4 slots for other clubs. This will be on a first come basis. If you reserve a slot, please make every effort to attend. Last time we started with 8 speakers, but ended with 2. Please limit speeches to 5-10 minutes.

More information is available at

Monday, March 8, 2010

Preview Advanced Manuals Online

by Sherri Scott

Have you ever wondered what projects are in the Public Relations Advanced Manual? Or the Specialty Speeches? How about the Technical Presentations or the Speeches by Management? Now you can find out without having to purchase the manual first! As you are close to completing our Competent Communicator or one of the Advanced Communicator designations you will need to choose 2 advanced manuals for your next designation. You are shown a list of 15 titles, but it is hard to tell just what is in each manual from the title alone. When I proposed a project to be placed on the district website to help answer all of these burning questions, I was told I think that there is something like that available now. Martie Ogborn used her keen detective skills to find what I was looking for on District 4’s website. Here's the link:

Within this link the 15 Advanced Manuals are listed. When you click on the title of a manual, it opens up a list of the projects in that manual. It includes the title of the project, the time frame, and the objectives.

I think this will be an awesome tool to help all of our members make informed decisions. I know it would have helped me when I purchased the Public Relations manual, only to learn it was not what I was thinking it would be. It is a great manual, but not one that I plan to work on anytime soon as it does not fit my needs. Please don’t let this happen to you! Check out this new link and you can choose wisely!