If you are looking for a fun, safe environment to build your skills, then look no further! Questions? Contact us through the links on the About us page.

Join us for a meeting! We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 12 noon to 1 at the Albertson's Corporate Office at 250 E. Parkcenter Blvd., Boise ID 83706 US

Important updates:
  • Albertsons offices (our meeting place) are continuing their construction project. Enter the building from the front (that portion of the project is done). 
  • TO GET TO OUR CONFERENCE ROOM you will need to walk the corridors to the left to avoid the central atrium which is under construction.
  • If you're new to Food For Thought -- Let the security desk person know that you're here for Toastmasters and they'll contact one of us to walk you through to our conference room.

Glitz & Grammar - the Toastmaster's District 15 Spring 2015 Conference

posted Feb 7, 2015, 10:59 AM by Food ForThought

"Glitz & Grammar" is the name of the District 15 conference being held May 15-16 (Fri.-Sat.) in Boise at the Red Lion Downtowner. The program will include keynote speaker, Sheryl Roush, a number of educational session, international and Table Topics speech contests and much more. The schedule is still being finalized as of this writing, but check out their Glitz & Grammar conference web page and register early!

Mark your calendar! TLI is January 31, 2015

posted Dec 1, 2014, 10:54 AM by Food ForThought   [ updated Jan 11, 2015, 9:37 AM ]

Though it's still two months away, preparations have been underway for several months for the Winter 2015 Toastmaster Leadership Institute (TLI). What is TLI? It's an additional opportunity -- beyond our regular club meetings -- to meet with members of other clubs in the area, to take courses to help you gain greater understanding of meeting roles, and to expand your skills through topical speeches on the craft of speaking. There are also sessions designed to tutor club officers in how to better perform their duties.

The event chair is Ken Nixon who was, until recently, a charter member of Food For Thought. (Though he'll always be an honorary FFT member, Ken recently took advantage of a job opportunity so has left Food For Thought and is joining another club -- our great loss!)

This TLI's theme is Learn. Teach. Connect.
Want to know more? Think you might attend? 
Want to stretch your Toastmaster muscles and volunteer for one of a wide selection of roles available? 
Visit the TLI Winter 2015 website. And there's a PDF flier just below.

Who'll represent Division B in SLC in October?

posted Sep 30, 2014, 5:59 AM by Food ForThought

Come join in the fun of the ongoing Fall 2014 Tall Tales & Humorous Speech Contest -- and see who'll represent District 15, Division B. It'll be Sat., Oct. 11, at 10 a.m. in the Lincoln Auditorium of the Capitol building: that's downstairs, on the west side. Here's a flyer to post (see PDF link below).

Excerpt's from this year's world winning speech

posted Sep 22, 2014, 11:27 AM by Cheryl Flinn

YouTube Video

Congratulations to the New World Champion of Public Speaking!

The 2014 title was awarded to Dananjaya Hettiarachchi from Nawala Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka, with his winning speech, "I See Something." Watch video clips (see YouTube at left) from Mr. Hettiarachchi's speech. 

Second- and third-place winners were, respectively, Kwong Yue Yang from Guangzhou, China, with his speech, "Four Words" and Kelly Sargeant from Houston, Texas, with her speech, "Good Bye Wi-Fi." View the full list of finalists at www.toastmasters.org/semifinals.

Our local (district 15) social media - are you listening?

posted Sep 22, 2014, 8:19 AM by Cheryl Flinn   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 8:22 AM ]

District 15 speaks
Are you using social media? Yes? Then be sure to connect with these accounts:

If you were following, you'd know about this article from last week in the Idaho Falls Post Register: Eliminate the Fear Factor By Joining Toastmasters. Read it here. It's a great introduction to Toastmasters! Remember some of these points the next time the opportunity arises to tell a friend or colleague about us. Many of the characteristics of the Idaho Falls clubs mentioned are identical to Food For Thought: friendly, supportive, ranging broadly in age and experience. And it's all about growing.... Read it now.

Area B1 Speech Competition!

posted Sep 16, 2014, 5:42 AM by Cheryl Flinn   [ updated Sep 16, 2014, 5:48 AM ]

Humorous and Tall Tales are the categories for this fall's competition. 

Attend, cheer on your club's representative, and see who'll advance to the next stage.

It's Friday, September 19, at 7 p.m. in the Idaho Power corporate office at 1221 W. Idaho Street. 

Member profile: Robin O'Neill

posted Sep 16, 2014, 5:35 AM by Cheryl Flinn   [ updated Sep 16, 2014, 5:37 AM ]

Q: When and why did you join Toastmasters?
A: I joined Toastmasters in 2000 to work on my presentation skills as a trainer. There were so many skills I could learn that would enhance my ability to train, lead, and communicate.

Q: Since joining Toastmasters, how have you grown as a communicator and leader?
A: I am more comfortable leading, speaking, and providing impromptu talks at work and in my personal life. I have a better understanding of what comprises effective communication and will continue to work on these skills throughout my life.

Q: How is your home club unique?
A: I have been in many clubs over the years. Food For Thought is the most positive, engaging, fun, and educational club I've experienced. The members are genuinely supportive and give so much to help others grow. It's corny, but they feel like family.

Q: What have you done in Toastmasters to gain leadership experience? How has this helped you in your career?
A: I am the current club President and have been the VP of Education in the past. Being a mentor to others is also a critical leadership role in Toastmasters and in my career. Toastmasters has helped me learn a myriad of ways to deal with the various leadership issues that arise in my day-to-day work. Being more effective in communication has lead to more career opportunities.

Q: What is the most important thing that you tell your friends and family about Toastmasters?
A: Toastmasters provides you an opportunity to learn how to embrace your leadership, presentation, and people skills, and grow in ways you never realized. It's the best investment you can make personally and professionally. Toastmasters is really a reflection of how you approach your life: the amount of energy you put into it, and how you decide to embrace what you learn, is really up to you.

Two new awards!

posted Sep 12, 2014, 4:16 AM by Cheryl Flinn

Watch this space in the future for a photo of our ribbons, but we've just received word we qualified for two awards:
  • The Horizon Award was granted for submitting our Club Success Plan by the Aug. 30 due date.
  • The 7 For 7 Award was received for having all club officers attend TLI (Toastmaster Learning Institute) training

A message from Steve Piet -- How can the Ed program help you?

posted Aug 16, 2014, 2:24 PM by Cheryl Flinn   [ updated Aug 16, 2014, 2:58 PM ]

This is from an email Steve Piet sent Aug. 11, 2014, reprinted with permission. (He's the Toastmaster District 15 Lt. Governor for Education and Training.) 

"To continue improving communication skills, I'm sure you are working in your first Competent Communicator manual. Reminder: you don't have to do any of the lessons in any manual in order; do them however you wish. Also, you can use the same basic speech for more than one lesson. The objective is not to prepare the most new speeches, it is to learn skills. If preparing 10 speeches is the best for how you learn, great. If re-using some speeches to make the speech better because of feedback is best for how you learn, great."

"To continue improving leadership skills, I encourage you to work toward the Competent Leader rank by finishing that manual. (No one does that manual in sequence.) I was a Toastmaster for over a year before opening my CL manual; i wish i had done it far easier. If you have any questions on how Toastmasters can help you continue to progress, don't hesitate to ask."

Yes! If you ever have any questions, talk to your mentor, our VP of Education, or any club officer.

Thinking about Aug. 27th Speech Contest meeting?

posted Aug 16, 2014, 2:07 PM by Cheryl Flinn   [ updated Aug 22, 2014, 6:25 AM ]

laughing people
Does the idea of competing in a speech contest cause you to say, "Not me!"? That was what I thought as well until a recent meeting when our visiting Area Governor shared some thoughts. He said that contests were great for getting new and unexpected feedback -- different feedback than we'd get from familiar fellow club members. He said this helped him gain insights that improved his speaking skills.

The two types of speeches for this contest are Humorous Speech and Tall Tale. Lots of opportunities there!

Explore a bit more with these resources (thanks to Greg for finding them), and then sign up!

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