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Nous sommes un club bilingue!
Le club St-Lawrence Toastmasters est un club bilingue à Montréal. Nos réunions hebdomadaires se déroulent en français et en anglais.

We are a bilingual club!
Located in downtown Montreal, St-Lawrence Toastmasters is a bilingual club. All meetings are held in both English and French.

Nous aimerions souhaiter la bienvenue à Olivier, un membre qui s’est récemment joint au Club St-Lawrence Toastmasters.

Olivier : St-Lawrence Toastmasters

Qu’est-ce qui l’a motivé à se joindre à nous? En ses propres mots: ”Je sentais le besoin de développer mes talents de communicateur et améliorer mon leadership en groupe. Mes trois premières rencontres m’ont déjà beaucoup appris et j’applique à présent ces changements positifs à tous les jours!”

Vous cherchez à améliorer votre discours en public? Venez nous rencontrer pour voir comment St-Lawrence Toastmasters Montréal peut vous aider.

Voici le programme Toastmasters de la soirée du 27 septembre 2011.

Charles Cron, Véronique Sangin-Gagnon, Michel Gadbois, Mathieu Savage

Félicitations aux gagnants des concours du club St-Lawrence Toastmasters Montréal, qui ont eu lieu la soirée du 21 septembre 2011.

Voici les heureux gagnants des concours français :

Concours de discours humoristique Toastmasters:

1. Mathieu Savage

2. Michel Gadbois

Concours d’évaluations en français Toastmasters :

1. Véronique Sangin-Gagnon

2. Mathieu Savage

Les premiers gagnants iront donc au Concours du secteur 53. Si un premier gagnant ne peut être présent à ce concours, le deuxième gagnant participera alors à sa place.

The English contest winners were :Toastmasters English Humorous Speech Contest:1. Charles Cron

Toastmasters English Evaluations Contest:

1. Nicholas Kepper

2. John Fowler

The first winners will go on to participate in the Area 53 Fall Contest. Should a first winner not be available for the contest, then the second winner can compete instead.

Nicholas Kepper, Véronique Sangin Gagnon, Michel Gadbois

Mathieu Savage, John Fowler

You might be interested to know that the meeting of Sept 20th is a special meeting not like our usual weekly meetings. We will be holding a club contest (i.e. humorous speech contests and evaluation contests).

Although it won’t be in the standard weekly meeting format, it’s still quite interesting to check out. For example, this is how the evaluation contest usually unfolds:

There will be a target speaker (i.e. someone presents a speech, and this person has been selected secretly beforehand to prepare a target speech to give for the purposes of the contest). All of the audience will get to hear and appreciate the speech. The evaluators will all be evaluating the same speech.

Then the contestants (the evaluators) will be asked to leave the room and take a few minutes to prepare their evaluation notes.

The Sergeant-at-Arms then collects all the notes, which will be handed back to each evaluator as he/she comes back into the room to present his evaluation. (The order of evaluation will have been been previously determined by drawing straws.)

The each evaluator has a chance to give an evaluation, making sure to provide constructive feedback to the target speaker and making sure to speak within the allotted time.

Finally, what makes it quite interesting for the audience members is that we get to have a sense of the different evaluation styles and we notice what the evaluators pick out in common as well as any special points that each individual evaluator may have noticed that the other evaluators have not mentioned. Finally, we compare to what we would have said ourselves had we been asked to evaluate the target speaker. This is a great learning experience because it allows us to, in a sort of way, “learn through osmosis”.

Here is the program for the evening of September 20.  Good luck to all the contestants!

Nous aimerions chaleureusement accueillir nos nouveaux membres Mathieu et Ann!

New members: Mathieu Caron, Ann Magnan

(Photo ci-dessus avec la présidente de notre club, Véronique Sangin-Gagnon.)

Ann était déjà venue nous visiter en juin juste avant que nous prenions notre relâche d’été, et a décidé de revenir nous voir dès la première réunion de septembre.  En tant que nouvelle membre, elle a même déjà eu le courage de donner son premier discours (le brise-glace).

Mathieu était bien motivé après avoir assisté à notre première réunion et ayant été convaincu que Toastmasters était ce qu’il lui fallait pour l’aider dans son cheminement de pouvoir mieux s’exprimer en public et devenir meilleur leader.

Bienvenue à vous deux!

Do you want to improve some of your PowerPoint presentation skills?

A big thanks to Erik Jensen at PowerPoint Blog for mentioning that there will be a series of free webinars for anyone interested in improving their slide design and presentation skills.  We think this can definitely be useful for all Toastmasters.

The webinars will take place throughout September and October 2011.

Here is a brief description of the webinar series:

Learn how to eliminate Death by PowerPoint and make your presentations come to life. Listen to guest experts share their best techniques and answer your questions!

To find out more, please head directly to the PowerPoint Blog where we found out about this ourselves:

Improve your slide design and presentation skills (Free webinars)

The article gives a description of all the presenters and their profiles, the dates of the presentations, as well as how to register for the webinars (once you’re registered, you will receive the links to join each of the webinars).