The first workshop was on "Building a healthy team: there is no I in Team!" with exercises to identify whether we, as individuals are multipliers or accidental diminishers. This was facilitated by Carolyn Shaw (based on the highly acclaimed work and book of Wiseman & McKeon).
The second workshop: Building quality clubs, using the club success plan for the upcoming Toastmaster year, facilitated by Christine Lennon DTM, was useful for club teams members to get together, plan and share ideas.
This was followed by a specific workshop for each of the club officer roles.
I attended the (Vice President Membership) VPM and (Vice President Public relations) VPPR training with Rachel Pleasant, who is well qualified in this area, having worked in marketing for more than 20 years, as well as held VPPR and VPM roles in her club: “Southport Toastmasters club.”
Mark looked at potential obstacles to giving effective evaluations, and drew from his own vast experience as both a leader and educator, speech coach and Toastmaster speech contestant. He used some wonderful examples of rotten advice and feedback (deflating and demoralising evaluation techniques) which he was given, prior to and after he won the world championship speech contest in 2009. Mark certainly learned firsthand, how not to give an evaluation, which is in itself very useful.