by Deborah Wilde, DTM and John Morrow, DTM
District 84 Pathways Co-Chairs
- Power of Listening
- Power of Evaluation
- Base Camp Manager: Hovering for the Missing Clues
Tip 1: Power of Listening
Toastmasters is “Where Leaders are Made.” The greatest asset that a great leader must possess is LISTENING. Just as you have benefited from a high-quality oral evaluation of your speeches, you will become a trusted, competent, and optimal evaluator. Once you have sharpened and honed your listening skills, you will delight, educate, and entertain your audience more effectively as a speaker. This will help you to experience the growth and self-confidence that the Mission of the Toastmasters Club stands for.
Tip 2: Power of Evaluation
The last project in Level One is “Evaluation and Feedback.” This is a deep dive into the power of not only your voice and message but also your willingness to listen, learn, and apply good ideas to your future presentations. Additionally, you will be scheduled to “pay it forward” by giving an oral evaluation of a fellow Toastmaster. Use this opportunity to focus on intention and objective listening. Learn how to tell the speaker what you Saw, Heard, and Felt. One method to consider is the “Sandwich” method of giving Praise, Recommendations for Improvement, and Final Praise with a Call to Action.
Base Camp Manager Tip: Hovering for the Missing Clues
Hovering for the missing clues—did you know that there are hidden icons on the Base Camp Manager site? Well, there are. Rather than tell you about the most important one, here is a picture to make it clear.