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Member Profile: David Sotvedt

Name: David Sotvedt Toastmasters Award Level: CTM Profession: Investment Management Toastmasters Member since: 2000 I am a Vancouver born and raised guy who has lived here most of my life. Educated at UBC, I’ve been working in the financial services industry in various roles since 1993. In 2000 I joined a Toastmasters club in which I actively participated until the club closed its doors in 2009. In January 2013 I joined Vancouver’s Seymour Speakers Toastmasters Club – THE best morning Toastmasters club in the city for sure!! Why did you join Toastmasters? I joined Toastmasters because at the time (late 2000) I was starting in a new job which required me to do a lot of presentations at work functions, both to small groups (2-3 people) and larger ones (40+). I did some public speaking in university however I needed to definitely improve both my competence and confidence in public speaking. What is your most memorable Toastmasters experience? For me personally it was a recent (April 2016) speech I gave on the late entertainer, Dean Martin – I dressed up in a tuxedo and even sang “Blue Moon” at the club meeting – and amazingly no one complained about my

May 24th, 2016|1 Comment

Congrats to Dorothea!

A huge congratulations to our beloved Dorothea Hendriks for taking second place in the District 96 International Speech Contest! Dorothea gave a captivating performance (as she always does!). We are very proud to have her as part of Seymour Speakers Toastmasters. Well done Dorothea!

May 17th, 2016|1 Comment

Speech Evaluation

In Toastmasters EVERYTHING is evaluated. (Well, except for the General Evaluator, they are off the hook!) Evaluations are integral to Toastmasters. It's the evaluations that we learn and grow from. Giving a speech evaluation can be daunting. How do you give constructive feedback in a positive manner? Seymour Speakers very own Michael Battler shows you how it's done: You can also find out more about giving an evaluation here.

February 29th, 2016|0 Comments

Seymour Speakers Speech Competition

Save the date! Thursday March 17, 2016 will be Seymour Speakers Annual Speech and Evaluation competition. The competition will take place at 7.30am in our usual location. Click here for directions. Come watch some of the best speakers and evaluators in our club compete for the grand prize of "bragging rights" as well as the golden ticket to the district speech contest. Guests are more than welcome. Just make sure to email us at so that we know to expect you. It is bound to be a morning filled with fun, laughter and learning. See you there!  

February 10th, 2016|0 Comments

An Evaluator’s Recipe

In Toastmasters, we evaluate everyone! Ok, maybe except for the General Evaluator who is gets off 'evaluation free' for each meeting. Evaluations are an integral part of Toastmasters. It's the evaluations that we learn and grow from. They are vital to our success as communicators and leaders. Click the button below, and flip to page 12 in the attached Toastmasters Magazine to read highlights of evaluations and points out some things to think about when giving an evaluation. Read More About Evaluations  

January 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

Member Profile: Aly Lewis

Name: Aly Lewis Profession: Holistic Nutritionist & Small Business Coach Websites: & Twitter Handle: @alyski Instagram Handle: @alyski and @skinspiredsociety Toastmasters Member since: October 2015 Aly Lewis is a lover of all things cats, food, and photography. Her guilty pleasure is a quiet night in knitting and watching reality TV. She is a small business owner, and in 2015 she started an online Nutrition Consulting business where she helps women in their 30’s resolve their digestive issues using food and lifestyle changes. Aly has mad love for her partner in life, Erik, and together they love skiing, travelling, and fostering kitties through VOKRA. Why did you join Toastmasters? To practice my public speaking so that I can bring this skill to my work. As a nutritionist I want to begin hosting live webinars and in-person events, so I know my speaking skills need to be on point. I used to actually love public speaking as a kid, as I found it thrilling, but as I grew up and became more self aware, my confidence for speaking in front of others declined. I have such high admiration for people who can own the stage, and I know that

January 11th, 2016|1 Comment
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