Meeting invitation at Convention

All of us are invited to an Online Club Get-Together, from 11am to noon, Saturday, August 24 on Level 2, Valley 3. Nothing else appears to be scheduled. Not only will this give us a chance to meet with other online club members, we have an opportunity to learn new ideas, excitement (or not), and our opportunities. Roger Fung asked one question: “What are some concerns or suggestions about our online community you would like to share with our leaders?” Hope you can join us.

The Power of Google Slides

We have been used to using PowerPoint when giving presentations. I find that Google Slides is very convenient and easy to use for slides presentation. When I conducted the survey among Online Presenters members, I received a feedback that the biggest time waster when creating slides are:

  • Finding the right theme
  • Finding the right images
  • Making the slides presentation look professional
  • Need more practice so you will be sync of doing it.

Below is the video of my technical presentation project #5 to address the problems when creating slides presentation. I hope that you benefit from it to improve your slides presentation. 🙂

You can use Google Slides if you have gmail account. Here is the link to get Google slides, https://www.google.com/slides/about/

and you can get a variety of themes from Slides Carnival

Other resources for slides presentation online:

Microsoft PowerPoint Online

Prezi (premium/paid themes)

Video for Speakers and Presenters: Replay from a Workshop on Creating, Editing and Sharing Video

This is a replay of the Online Presenters workshop on Creating, Editing and Sharing video from February 4, 2019. The version below has been slightly edited (the full meeting replay, including Table Topics impromptu speaking practice, is here).

Below are some additional notes from Workshop Presenter David F. Carr.

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Video Editing with Apple’s iMovie for Mac (for Toastmasters Video Workshop)

Several people asked that I share tips for Mac users as part of my video workshop. Since I usually do my editing on a Windows PC, I found a tutorial someone else had created on Apple iMovie, which comes free with a Mac (there are also iMovie apps for iPhone and iPad). As my value add, below the video you’ll find an annotated index to the timestamps of the sections of this tutorial covering common tasks that would be relevant to a speech or presentation video.

A second video, at the bottom of this post, shows how to use iMovie to create animated GIFs.

iMovie is quite powerful, although there are some pro features that are reserved for Apple’s Final Cut Pro. There seems to be an iMovie counterpart for just about everything I do using a different program, Camtasia, which is available for both Windows and Mac PCs. iMovie might even do some things better. One Toastmasters friend who is a Mac user said her biggest frustration with iMovie is that it makes it difficult to move projects from one computer to another. However, the videos you produce with it are perfectly portable and ready to upload to social media or your website.

Start with a blank project, begin adding media

Cut and splice from the middle of a clip

Add and edit audio clips or music

Detach Audio from a video clip (separate the audio from the video so each can be edited independently)

Titles and Backgrounds

Transitions

Adding and Cropping and Still Images + how you can use the “Ken Burns effect”

Changing Clip Speed

Adding a voice over narration

Create a video file, saved to your computer, or publish direct to YouTube or Facebook (the instructor suggests it’s better to save / export the file, and I agree)

To create an animated GIF using iMovie, try these directions:

Business Strategy For Your Company Or Organization

Want to improve your business decisions to increase revenue, reduce expenses and create happy customers and employees?
Dreaming about discovering untapped business opportunities?
Or maybe you are interested in team building?

Then we have some great news for you. Our member Carol Prahinski hosts a Business Strategy Webinar, December 26, 2018, 7 pm Eastern Time. Carol is an Assistant Professor of Supply Chain Management at Broad College of Business, Michigan State University.

What are you going to learn with her at the Business Strategy Webinar?

  • Overview and definition of strategy (corporate, business, functional strategies); includes Porter’s business strategy
  • Introduction and definitions of the eight competitive priorities (how companies compete in the marketplace)
  • An overview of Fisher’s article, “What is the right supply chain strategy for your product?”
  • The product-process matrix (how to organize the processes to match the products/services)
  • The product lifecycle and how our organization must change over time to remain aligned
  • How these tools align with each other and what it means for your organization

JOIN HERE: https://msu.zoom.us/j/804293313,
Dec 26, 2018, 7 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Video: 9 Steps to Successfully Coaching a Toastmasters Club

Club Coaching can be incredibly rewarding or terribly frustrating.  It all depends on your attitude and the club officer attitudes.  If you have officer support, then you are on your way to successfully coaching a club to achieving Distinguished status or higher in the Distinguished Club Program.  

In this speech I mention some Toastmaster International resources you can use to successfully coach a club.  It would be helpful if before your initial meeting with the officers you download the “Club Coach Troubleshooting Guide” .   Consider having a meeting with the club officers and let them complete the short survey.  This puts everyone on the same page.

Be sure you understand the Distinguished Club program and review the “Club Coach FAQ“.  I especially like the detail of a club coach’s responsibilities.

Most importantly, have fun coaching your club and ask questions of other coaches.  Enjoy building a brand that brings distinction to your club.