Video Speech Contest 2020: Congratulations, John Callaghan

John Callaghan, Jim Barber, and Krishn Ramchurn were the winners in the Video Speech Contest held March 23, 2020 at Online Presenters. This official Toastmasters speech contest is a variant of the International Speech Contest for undistricted clubs, including online clubs. The video of John Callaghan’s has been forwarded to Toastmasters International, where judges will choose a worldwide winner.

Full Contest:

Winning speech: “Surviving the Storms of Life,” John Callaghan

Mimi Brown and Roger Courville Visit Online Presenters for its Webinar Contest on April 20

Professional speakers Mimi Brown and Roger Courville will visit Online Presenters as celebrity guest judges for our webinar contest on April 20. This event is not an official Toastmasters contest, and we’re bending the usual rules on anonymity of judges to give our speakers professional feedback on their online presentation skills. To attend as a guest, register here.

Mimi Brown

Mimi Brown works with individuals and organizations to amplify their communication and leadership so they can make an influential impact on the world.

With over 10 years of leadership and communication consulting and training experience, Mimi knows how to rock a platform, connect with a crowd, & have people laughing while learning.

She is the author of three books: AMP Up Your Success: 52 Tips Every Leader Should Know, AMP Up Sales: 71 Tips to Skyrocket Your Revenue and Be A Communication Rockstar: 52 Tips To Gain Connection, Skyrocket Confidence, Reduce Conflict.

Mimi’s personal highlights include being recognized as an  Elite 40 Under 40, media personality on WDIV’s show Live In the D and contestant on NBC’s, Biggest Loser.

Roger Courville

Roger Courville is the first speaker in the world to earn his CSP with a predominantly virtual business model.

Once dubbed “The Michael Jordan of Virtual Presentations,” Roger is a multi-book author, award winning writer, and multi-company entrepreneur.

His work includes working with organizations as diverse as FedEx, Australia Institute of Training and Development, American Management Association, US Bank and, of course, that little company down the street that you’ve never heard about but who does killer virtual presentations. And he loves habaneros.

Roger has been a friend of our club from its inception, when he led a free workshop (replay here) to help us attract our initial set of charter members in 2017.

To learn more about the webinar contest and how it will be conducted, read this blog post.

Online Presenters Meeting

Monday October 12, 2020 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
 

If you have a password, please sign up for meeting roles below. Guests should complete the RSVP registration form at the bottom of the agenda. (If you have a password, it’s not necessary to also fill out the RSVP form – we would rather get you signed up for a specific role).

Members can find the online meetings details here (password protected).

THIS MEETING WILL BE RECORDED. Stills and excerpts from the video may be used by the club in its public relations and social media outreach.

Members and guests are encouraged to sign in anytime after 7:15 pm U.S. Eastern Time for an informal meet and greet and to allow time for any technical troubleshooting. We also do self introductions during this time. The meeting will officially starts at 7:45 pm.

Online Evaluation Forms can be found here: https://op.toastmost.org/eval-forms

Toastmaster of the Day:
Open
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Timer:
Open
Ah Counter:
Open
Grammarian:
Open
Watcher:
Open
Chat Monitor:
Open
Vote Counter:
Open
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Backup Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.

Toastmaster asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Speaker of the Day

Topics Master:
Open
Leads the Table Topics impromptu speaking section of the meeting. Priority toward members not performing any roles.

Topics Master asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Topics Speaker of the Day

Member Inductions and Prospective Member Speeches

General Evaluator:
Open
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator:
Open
Evaluator:
Open
Evaluator:
Open

General Evaluator asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Evaluator of the Day

General Evaluator continues with the functionary reports (the Grammarian, the Watcher, the Ah Counter, and the Chat Monitor (1 minute each)).

General Evaluator rounds out this portion of the meeting by giving an overall evaluation, 2-3 minutes. General Evaluator should aim ONLY to add any new insights, not re-evaluate speakers or repeat information covered by others.

General Evaluator asks Vote Counter to reveal the winners of the meeting

Theme and Word of the Day

Planned Absences – Only displayed for logged in members of this site

RSVP Now!

Event Types:

Webinar Contest April 20, 2020 — How it Works

Following up from our recent Video Speech contest, Online Presenters is preparing for its April 20 webinar contest (register to attend as a guest).

There are a couple of differences between the Webinar Contest and the Video Speech Contest:

  • The Video Speech Contest is an official contest covered by Toastmasters International rules. It’s essentially a version of the International Speech Contest for clubs that operate outside a district structure (as 100% online clubs do because they are not anchored to the geography of any one district).
  • The Webinar Contest (or Mini-Webinar Contest) is our own invention, designed to test skills specific to the online format.

I think of the International Speech Contest (and, by extension, the Video Speech Contest) as a 5-7 minute keynote speech. Winning speeches typically include a mix of humor, storytelling, and inspiration.

The Webinar Contest is a 6-8 minute webinar, which tests the speaker’s ability to use online presentation tools effectively, respond to questions submitted via chat, and close with a strong call to action. Think of it as a miniature webinar designed to sell the audience on a product, cause, or idea. We follow most of the usual Toastmasters contest rules and procedures, but for example have relaxed the traditional anonymity of judges to allow participation from Celebrity Guest Judges Mimi Brown and Roger Courville, who in addition to voting will give some professional feedback to contestants at the end of the event.

The rules, spelled out in a 2018 blog post, include a scoring scheme that starts with the categories from the International Speech Contest but inserts a couple of webinar-specific ones such as audience engagement and call to action.

Webinar Contest Scoring

 Max score
Speech Development15
Audience Engagement15
Speech Value15
Call to Action15
Visual15
Voice10
Manner5
Appropriateness/Correctness10
  
  
Total Possible Score100

To simulate a common webinar experience, each contestant is challenged to respond (briefly) to questions submitted via chat. Speakers have the option of monitoring the chat themselves or asking for help from the chat monitor, who will read or summarize a couple of questions submitted.

Snapshot of Sunny Fridge’s winning webinar speech from September 2018.

You can check out past webinar contests won by Sunny Fridge and Carol Prahinski for clues about what worked well in the past.

As an unofficial format, the webinar contest is “just for fun” — but perhaps something Toastmasters should consider refining and turning into an official contest format as the online environment becomes increasingly important.

Online Presenters Meeting

Monday October 5, 2020 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
 

If you have a password, please sign up for meeting roles below. Guests should complete the RSVP registration form at the bottom of the agenda. (If you have a password, it’s not necessary to also fill out the RSVP form – we would rather get you signed up for a specific role).

Members can find the online meetings details here (password protected).

THIS MEETING WILL BE RECORDED. Stills and excerpts from the video may be used by the club in its public relations and social media outreach.

Members and guests are encouraged to sign in anytime after 7:15 pm U.S. Eastern Time for an informal meet and greet and to allow time for any technical troubleshooting. We also do self introductions during this time. The meeting will officially starts at 7:45 pm.

Online Evaluation Forms can be found here: https://op.toastmost.org/eval-forms

Toastmaster of the Day:
Open
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Timer:
Open
Ah Counter:
Open
Grammarian:
Open
Watcher:
Open
Chat Monitor:
Open
Vote Counter:
Open
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Backup Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.

Toastmaster asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Speaker of the Day

Topics Master:
Open
Leads the Table Topics impromptu speaking section of the meeting. Priority toward members not performing any roles.

Topics Master asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Topics Speaker of the Day

Member Inductions and Prospective Member Speeches

General Evaluator:
Open
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator:
Open
Evaluator:
Open
Evaluator:
Open

General Evaluator asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Evaluator of the Day

General Evaluator continues with the functionary reports (the Grammarian, the Watcher, the Ah Counter, and the Chat Monitor (1 minute each)).

General Evaluator rounds out this portion of the meeting by giving an overall evaluation, 2-3 minutes. General Evaluator should aim ONLY to add any new insights, not re-evaluate speakers or repeat information covered by others.

General Evaluator asks Vote Counter to reveal the winners of the meeting

Theme and Word of the Day

Planned Absences – Only displayed for logged in members of this site

RSVP Now!

Event Types:

Online Presenters Meeting

Monday September 28, 2020 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
 

If you have a password, please sign up for meeting roles below. Guests should complete the RSVP registration form at the bottom of the agenda. (If you have a password, it’s not necessary to also fill out the RSVP form – we would rather get you signed up for a specific role).

Members can find the online meetings details here (password protected).

THIS MEETING WILL BE RECORDED. Stills and excerpts from the video may be used by the club in its public relations and social media outreach.

Members and guests are encouraged to sign in anytime after 7:15 pm U.S. Eastern Time for an informal meet and greet and to allow time for any technical troubleshooting. We also do self introductions during this time. The meeting will officially starts at 7:45 pm.

Online Evaluation Forms can be found here: https://op.toastmost.org/eval-forms

Toastmaster of the Day:
Open
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Timer:
Open
Ah Counter:
Open
Grammarian:
Open
Watcher:
Open
Chat Monitor:
Open
Vote Counter:
Open
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Backup Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.

Toastmaster asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Speaker of the Day

Topics Master:
Open
Leads the Table Topics impromptu speaking section of the meeting. Priority toward members not performing any roles.

Topics Master asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Topics Speaker of the Day

Member Inductions and Prospective Member Speeches

General Evaluator:
Open
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator:
Open
Evaluator:
Open
Evaluator:
Open

General Evaluator asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Evaluator of the Day

General Evaluator continues with the functionary reports (the Grammarian, the Watcher, the Ah Counter, and the Chat Monitor (1 minute each)).

General Evaluator rounds out this portion of the meeting by giving an overall evaluation, 2-3 minutes. General Evaluator should aim ONLY to add any new insights, not re-evaluate speakers or repeat information covered by others.

General Evaluator asks Vote Counter to reveal the winners of the meeting

Theme and Word of the Day

Planned Absences – Only displayed for logged in members of this site

RSVP Now!

Event Types:

Online Presenters Meeting

Monday September 21, 2020 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM EDT
 

If you have a password, please sign up for meeting roles below. Guests should complete the RSVP registration form at the bottom of the agenda. (If you have a password, it’s not necessary to also fill out the RSVP form – we would rather get you signed up for a specific role).

Members can find the online meetings details here (password protected).

THIS MEETING WILL BE RECORDED. Stills and excerpts from the video may be used by the club in its public relations and social media outreach.

Members and guests are encouraged to sign in anytime after 7:15 pm U.S. Eastern Time for an informal meet and greet and to allow time for any technical troubleshooting. We also do self introductions during this time. The meeting will officially starts at 7:45 pm.

Online Evaluation Forms can be found here: https://op.toastmost.org/eval-forms

Toastmaster of the Day:
Open
Introduces supporting roles. Leads the meeting.
Timer:
Open
Ah Counter:
Open
Grammarian:
Open
Watcher:
Open
Chat Monitor:
Open
Vote Counter:
Open
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.
Backup Speaker:
Open
As a rule, we should have no more than one speech longer than 5-7 minutes.

Toastmaster asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Speaker of the Day

Topics Master:
Open
Leads the Table Topics impromptu speaking section of the meeting. Priority toward members not performing any roles.

Topics Master asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Topics Speaker of the Day

Member Inductions and Prospective Member Speeches

General Evaluator:
Open
General Evaluator leads the evaluation portion of the meeting, starting with the prepared speech evaluations.
Evaluator:
Open
Evaluator:
Open
Evaluator:
Open

General Evaluator asks for the Timer’s Report & vote for the Best Evaluator of the Day

General Evaluator continues with the functionary reports (the Grammarian, the Watcher, the Ah Counter, and the Chat Monitor (1 minute each)).

General Evaluator rounds out this portion of the meeting by giving an overall evaluation, 2-3 minutes. General Evaluator should aim ONLY to add any new insights, not re-evaluate speakers or repeat information covered by others.

General Evaluator asks Vote Counter to reveal the winners of the meeting

Theme and Word of the Day

Planned Absences – Only displayed for logged in members of this site

RSVP Now!

Event Types:

Replay: How to Hold Online Meetings, a Webinar for District 47

Online Presenters members presented this workshop for District 47 (South Florida and the Bahamas), where many clubs are having to learn in a hurry how to conduct meetings online.

This workshop was led by club President Lois Margolin, DTM, a District 47 leader. The program included participation from other Online Presenters members from District 47 and throughout the world, giving a mini-meeting demonstration. David Carr, who led Online Presenters to charter in 2017, shared technical how-to tips.

Louis Magolin leads the webinar

100 people crowded into the Zoom video conference used for the event, while more watched on Facebook Live.

The webinar was simulcast on Facebook Live