Changing My Own Little Corner of the World

Originally published By Angela Louie, DTM

Many people join Toastmasters to improve their performance at work. That was never my goal. But looking back over 16 years in Toastmasters, I can definitely say that it has had a significant impact on my work and my career.

Did That Just Happen?

Originally published by Ian Cunliffe, DTM

Have you ever had the sort of weekend where your first thought upon waking up on Sunday morning was:

“Did that just happen?”

If this question has ever occurred to you, then there’s a good chance that you were in attendance at the first annual District 96 Fall Conference.

I was, and as a result, the first thought that ‘sproinged’ straight into my brain when I woke up this Sunday morning was:

“Did that just happen?”

This thought was followed immediately by the next thought:

Evaluate? Evaluate. Evaluate!

Originally published By Rodney Denno, DTM

“If I could give one piece of advice to members, it would be this: Evaluate, evaluate, evaluate.”


-- Presiyan Vasilev, 2013 World Champion of Public Speaking

How To Become A Great Public Speaker

Anyone can be an effective public speaker. Just ask Jim Kokocki. In 1981, he was a shy corporate IT guy who did little public speaking. A few of Kokocki’s colleagues noticed that he didn’t speak much at meetings, so they brought him along to a Toastmasters International event. The rest, as they say, is history.

How to submit an event.

District 96 covers a lot of territory and it's important to let our members know what is happening.  If you are a member of District 96 you can submit an event for your club, area, division or district.  It's easy and this article will give you steps on how to submit and event and edit just in case you make a mistake.

Step 1: Log in or create an account.

Listen to Understand - Speak to Inspire

2 simple rules for consistently delivering better speech evaluations

Originally published by Ian Cunliffe, DTM 

As Toastmasters, we have a very important job to do. We are entrusted with the responsibility of empowering others to become more effective communicators and leaders.

Yikes! Did we really sign up for that? And if so, how do we do it?

We accomplish this, in large part, through evaluations. Effective evaluations are the beating heart of any successful toastmasters program. Yet many toastmasters find evaluations to be daunting.

Manage the Fear of Public Speaking: 5 Pro Tips

You have the privilege to speak in front of an audience.

That means you have a chance to positively impact others’ thoughts or emotions, improve your reputation, profile or authority and it’s a great way to get a step ahead.

On the other hand . . . you have to speak in front of an audience.

If you are like most people that means nervousness, sleepless nights, and tachycardia (palpitations for some).

Public Relations Awards 2016-2017

  • Winners will be announced at the Spring 2017 Conference May 13th, 2017
  • Awards will be gift certificates to the Toastmasters International Merchandise store, to buy merchandise, ribbons, equipment and prizes for your club members.   
  • Timeframe: Nov 2016- May 2017
  • Open to ALL clubs in District 96


1)   Social Media Awareness Award - $100

·      Most “likes” gained on your Club Facebook page between Nov 2016- April 30st, 2017

Start a Youth Leadership Program

As you may know Toastmasters International has an age limit for members of clubs.  It's 18 years old, but that doesn't mean that young adults younger than that should miss out on the important skills that being in a Toastmasters clubs teaches. That is where the Youth Leadership Program comes in.  It's for youth between 7 and 17 years of age.

Welcome to D96's new website!

Your are viewing the new website for District 96.  It's a website for all of us, hopefully it will be the place to check regularly to see what is happening.

There are several new features that I would like to introduce you too.

Signing up

While it's not required you sign up for an account to read the site, you will need one to be able to post events, articles and news.  Signing up is easy.  You can either create an account or log in using the Facebook sign in.