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How Toastmasters Helped Me

Written by Chrissy See.

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Overwhelmed. Anxious. Uneasy. I dreaded being in front of others public speaking. Feeling so uncomfortable with everyone staring at me, "umm" was a huge part of my vocabulary. How can I be a leader and inspire others if I cannot speaking eloquently? "Oh well, maybe I am just not that good at public speaking" I thought to myself.

One day at a seminar, a woman spoke up on how Toastmasters helped her elevate her skills. I went up to her immediately after and asked her what her experience was. She let me know to check out the OCCN chapter Monday nights at 7pm.
I witnessed a fun group that promoted full self -expression, positivity, and constructive criticism to help each other grow stronger as individuals. I thought if I could one day speak for 10 minutes without 75 umms all the practice would be worth it. I decided that night I would join the OCCN chapter.

In time I took on a new challenge, speaking in front of the OCCN group about Ichthyosis (pronounced ick-thee-osis), a lifelong rare genetic skin disorder that affects my sister and three nephews. My entire life I could not describe what Ichthyosis is unless you were my best friend of 15 years. My emotions would take over and I never believed I could be the advocate I always wanted to be.
I was given an amazing opportunity to speak in front of young professionals that wanted to learn about different charities and I was going to represent the Foundation of Ichthyosis in Orange County. I also invited friends and colleagues to share with them what I truly care about in my life.

Toastmasters OCCN allowed me to explore my voice and the outpour of help was incredible. Even more extraordinary was the mentorship I received from (2) members Tristen Tucker (VP of Membership) and Erica Beggan (President). They understood the message I wanted to convey to the audience and spent countless hours coaching me.

On November 19th I gave the most important 12 minute speech of my life (to date). I brought awareness to this unknown disorder to an audience of 65 people why I am creating a fundraising event in 2015. After I spoke, the responses I received from the audience warmed my heart. I couldn't believe I impacted an audience to care about Ichthyosis and actually received donations that night for the Foundation.

My life has been forever changed because of Toastmasters OCCN. This group cares about each other and their aspirations. They gave me the tools to become a confident speaker. Thank YOU Toastmasters OCCN!

Leaders Wanted

Written by Harry Yan.

Founder’s District is seeking nominations for the positions of District Director, Program Quality Director, Club Growth Director, and Division Directors. These positions will be filled by election at the Spring Conference on April 25, 2015. All qualified members are encouraged to self-nominate and run for office. Leadership in Toastmasters develops the vital skills of:

  • Team building
  • Delegation
  • Goal Setting
  • Planning
  • Problem Solving

Additional benefits include networking with other business leaders, making new friends, and gaining a deeper understanding how Toastmasters work on a global basis. Position descriptions, qualifications, and responsibilities are described in the Call For Nominations.

Applications for the elected positions are due by January 31, 2015.  Download the District Leader Nominating Form and the Officer Agreement and Release forms. Submit applications to:

Harry Yan, DTM, IPDG
Nominating Chair
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If you are interested in a leadership position in the District, and would like to learn more about the exciting opportunities available to you, please register to attend the Leadership Dinner at The Phoenix Club on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.. Seating is limited to the first 120 people to register.

If you have questions, or need paper copies of the materials, contact Harry Yan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A New Year To Focus On Leadership

Written by Linda Ulrich.

LindaUlrich 2The holiday season is upon us -- a time to share and celebrate with our family and friends. But it is also a time to reflect on what we've accomplished in 2014, to take a look ahead to what we want to do in 2015. And, to make some plans for the New Year to help us achieve those sometime elusive goals we've set for ourselves.

For Toastmasters, the time signifies that we're half-way through our year. It's also a time for us to reflect on what we've accomplished in 2014 and to look ahead to what we still want to accomplish in 2015. And, yes, to make some plans to help us achieve the goals we've set for ourselves, as individuals, as clubs, Areas, Divisions, and the District.

I keep reminding you that our theme this year as a District is "Evaluate Your Potential," which is probably more significant the next six months than the previous six months. We seem to relax more the first half of the year, but kick into full gear the last half. This is when we push our clubs to focus on the members to achieve the communication and leadership awards. We challenge our members and our Area Governors to find opportunities for a new club or ways to bring in new members. And, more importantly, we start looking at next year's leaders -- talking with our members to encourage them to think about stepping into leadership at the club, Area, Division, and District levels. If you don't think you're ready to step into leadership, but another Toastmaster thinks you are, listen to them. They see what we can't see in ourselves. Accept and embrace the opportunity of leadership. Toastmasters is an organization made up of volunteers -- so, if no one asks you, volunteer. The rewards truly outweigh any apprehensions you might have.

We have two upcoming leadership events in January. The first, LACE (Leadership and Communication Excellence) is being offered on January 10 and January 24; focus is on providing leadership training to club officers – or those who want to be. On January 17, we will have a Leadership Dinner to talk about the ins and outs of serving as a leader at all levels in the organization, from the club to the District. Current leaders will share what they've learned throughout their year(s) serving as a leader – the benefits, the challenges, and the rewards.

Have you started looking at your goals for 2015? How will you "Elevate Your Potential"? Toastmasters has made a difference in your life, now it's time you make a difference in Toastmasters.

Have a blessed holiday season!


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