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Speaking success

Inspirational clips from the 2011 Toastmasters International Speech Championship:

Winner Jock Elliott from Bongaree, Queensland, Australia with his speech “Just so lucky” 

Second place finalist Kwong Yue Yang from Guangzhou, Guangdong, China with his speech “Fortune Cookie”

UPBEAT – Winners are grinners!!!

Edition 84 – First published 4 April 2011
Morning motivational by Clinton Jones, President, Central Park Toastmasters

Keeping up with the Joneses

“And representing New Zealand, please welcome… Clinton Jones”…and then I woke up, yes it was a dream but imagine if it was real?  There was a time where I was driven to represent my country, so what happened?

Those thoughts and that passion flowed back through my mind and my veins on Saturday as I attended the Auckland prepared speech contest. I watched Auckland’s best go head to head competing for the right to represent the city at the national final in May. I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand up straight as I remembered competing and winning the same trophy on three previous occasions, the last time over a decade ago!  So what happened?

Saturday rekindled my desire to compete, reignited my passion for winning a national title and ultimately the right to represent my country at the World Championship of Public Speaking. I am so excited about planning an assault on the summit of the Toastmasters world, the pinnacle of presentation, the holy grail of oratory. Time to learn from the mistakes of the past, do the hard yards and leave no stone unturned in my quest to be the best I can be…look out world …so what happened?  Watch this space I say, to be continued…

Wow, so glad I made the effort to attend this meeting, sometimes we need to be reminded to continue to follow our dreams, never to lose sight of them or the passion required to persevere and achieve them… a message I felt worth sharing today. I hope you had an equally inspiring weekend with family and friends…Cheers Jonesey.

Harry the happy hound loved the extra daylight saving Zzzzzzzzzzzzzz bonus on Sunday!

Selling the sizzle

“Winning is not a sometime thing; it’s an all-time thing. You don’t win once in a while, you don’t do things right once in a while, you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing”. Vince Lombardi

Winner vs Loser
The winner – is always part of the answer;
The loser – is always part of the problem;
The winner always has a programme;
The loser – always has an excuse;
The winner – says “Let me do it for you”;
The loser – says “That’s not my job”;
The winner – sees an answer for every problem;
The loser – sees a problem for every answer;
The winner – sees a green by every sand trap;
The loser – sees two or three sand traps by every green;
The winner – says “It may be difficult but it’s possible”;
The loser – says, “It may be possible buts it’s too difficult”.
Be a Winner!

Thank you for the awesome feedback from last week.  Speaking of winning, we had an amazing week closing a number of deals we had been working on. When you have some wins you get a winning momentum and it is easy for it to become a habit. It’s a great feeling being in the winning team, one you need to embrace and enjoy. Winning is a culture, winners develop and cultivate, it is infectious.

“Winners expect to win in advance. Life is a self-fulfilling prophecy.” Arthur Lydiard

Meeting – Tuesday 6 August 2010

Great meeting with a ‘Fantastic’ theme! All about positive thinking. A positive mind anticipates happiness, joy, health and a successful outcome of every situation and action.

A meeting with three great speakers, first up was John who entertained us with a bit of role play, dressed as a bum, telling us about a New Year’s eve celebration with a twist.

Then Clinton provided us with great information about the upcoming humorous speech contest and table topic contest next meeting. More Information about contest is on the NZ Toastmaster site: http://www.toastmasters.org.nz/index.cfm/Contests

Glenn was the third speaker with a speech from the story telling manual, going back to his childhood and telling us a gripping story saving his sister’s fingers after she got caught in the door and how he injured his own when he used them as brakes to try and stop his cart going downhill too fast.

by Marieke

Contest meeting – 16 March 2010

What a fantastic contest meeting we had this morning! Today’s theme was ‘competition’.

Congratulations to all of our speakers: Mervyn Rebello, Clinton Jones, Steve Tupai, Eric Schwerzel and Ben Oge.

A special mention to Mervyn who took out top prize for the International prepared speech. Well done Mervyn! He will go on to represent the club at the upcoming Area Contest on the 27th of March, Fickling Hall, Three Kings. Mervyn linked personal experiences to deliver his key message about happiness: “Stop burning, start living and be happy!”

Many thanks to Cynthia Mitchell, Mike Diggins, Stephen McPhee and Marlene Krone for judging. Also, our madam contest chairperson Brenda Newth and meeting Toastmaster Glenn Flinkenberg for running a superb programme.

See you at the next breakfast meeting on Tuesday 30th March.

QUOTE (Competition theme):
“If any of my competitors were drowning, I’d stick a hose in their mouth” – Ray Crock