Toastmasters District 60 has an online system where clubs can request speakers and evaluators to come to their club as visitors and fill a role called StageTime2.
A few days ago I applied online for the advertised vacant speaker slot.
Today, at SALUT (The UT is University of Toronto) club when they had an empty 2nd speaker slot and expected slightly lower attendance at end of term and holiday season approaching, I did a Part 1 speech of Evaluation and Feedback in Presentation Mastery path.
There were nine members – all roles were filled, the small, yes, intimate setting was warm and welcoming. The club also had a member do a Pathways IceBreaker today.
My speech was informational and I tried something I have never done before. After my opening I had the audience vote which of two themes they wanted me to proceed with – the scientific or the social/ethical side of the story of Henrietta Lacks.
The vote was 5-4 for the ethical/social side of the tale. I got lots of written feedback and a great oral evaluation by a member doing his first Pathways speech evaluation.
If you are in Toronto I highly recommend visiting Salut Toastmasters, if you are in District 60, I highly recommend making use of StageTime2, and to all I challenge you to try the “audience votes” for the thrust of the speech approach some time!