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Toastmaster October 2011 : Page 5

MY TURN FROM CC TO TV How Table Topics prepared me for my moment in the news. By Linda Cohen, CC, CL Linda Cohen should I wear? The answer: No stripes or busy patterns; make-up is good and bold colors work very well on TV. On the morning of the interview, I arrived at the station promptly at 8:30. I started watching the show, went to the bathroom, checked my email and went to the bathroom Just two hours after the show aired, the clip was available online. I got to watch myself on television for the first time! I soon received phone calls and emails from close friends and members of my Toast-masters club offering positive feed-back. The entire experience was exhilarating. I never thought about being on TV when I joined Toastmasters in 2007, but the skills I learned in my club gave me the confidence to take this wonderful opportunity. Table Topics, in particular, is an invaluable tool for learning how to think on your feet. Each of us joins Toastmasters with different goals, but we all share the desire to improve. The Toastmasters experience has solidi-fied my desire to become a public speaker and writer — and I am grateful for that. T To view Linda’s TV segment on “AM Northwest,” go to katu.com and search “1000 mitzvahs.” I couldn’t believe I was going to be on television. I had just completed my Competent Com-munication manual a week earlier. The producer from a local morning show had heard about my story: After my father died two years ago, I decided to complete 1,000 acts of kindness — or mitzvahs , as such acts “I never thought about being on TV when I joined Toastmasters in 2007 , but the skills I learned in my club gave me the confidence to take this wonderful opportunity.” are known in the Jewish faith — in my father’s memory. I was both excited and nervous for this television opportunity. Fortunately, I was a Toastmaster, so I had some experience with speak-ing on the spot. After confirming my appearance on the show, “AM Northwest,” I immediately emailed the good news to the members of my club, the Noontime Nomads in Tigard, Oregon. When I spoke to the producer a few days before the show, she explained the program’s format and mentioned some questions I might be asked. I wrote everything down for reference. She also answered my most burning question — what again. My segment was going to be live at 9:40, and by 9:30 I was feel-ing very nervous. Finally, my time arrived and an intern came to get me. I took several deep breaths and remembered to look at the hosts directly and forget about the camera. We were on the air within a minute. It was just like doing Table Topics: The hosts asked a question and I an-swered it. I did use a couple of “ums” and “ahs,” but for the most part it was a fairly clean interview. I had planned and practiced a few stories at home and shared them during my segment. I answered each question as concisely as I would in a Toastmasters meeting. When the segment was over, the hosts thanked me and I was through. &#1b; Read it online @ www.toastmasters.org/magazine is a member of the Noontime Nomads club in Tigard, Oregon, and the author of 1,000 Mitzvahs: How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire and Change Your Life . The book is available on Amazon.com . Reach Linda at http://1000mitzvahs.org/. Linda Cohen, CC, CL, TOASTMASTER OCTOBER 2011 5

FROM CC TO TV

Linda Cohen


How Table Topics prepared me for my moment in the news.

I couldn’t believe I was going to be on television. I had just completed my Competent Communication manual a week earlier. The producer from a local morning show had heard about my story: After my father died two years ago, I decided to complete 1,000 acts of kindness — or mitzvahs, as such acts are known in the Jewish faith — in my father’s memory.

I was both excited and nervous for this television opportunity. Fortunately, I was a Toastmaster, so I had some experience with speaking on the spot. After confirming my appearance on the show, “AM Northwest,” I immediately emailed the good news to the members of my club, the Noontime Nomads in Tigard, Oregon.

When I spoke to the producer a few days before the show, she explained the program’s format and mentioned some questions I might be asked. I wrote everything down for reference. She also answered my most burning question — what should I wear? The answer: No stripes or busy patterns; make-up is good and bold colors work very well on TV.

On the morning of the interview, I arrived at the station promptly at 8:30. I started watching the show, went to the bathroom, checked my email and went to the bathroom again. My segment was going to be live at 9:40, and by 9:30 I was feeling very nervous. Finally, my time arrived and an intern came to get me. I took several deep breaths and remembered to look at the hosts directly and forget about the camera. We were on the air within a minute.

It was just like doing Table Topics: The hosts asked a question and I answered it. I did use a couple of “ums” and “ahs,” but for the most part it was a fairly clean interview. I had planned and practiced a few stories at home and shared them during my segment. I answered each question as concisely as I would in a Toastmasters meeting. When the segment was over, the hosts thanked me and I was through.

Just two hours after the show aired, the clip was available online. I got to watch myself on television for the first time! I soon received phone calls and emails from close friends and members of my Toastmasters club offering positive feedback. The entire experience was exhilarating.

I never thought about being on TV when I joined Toastmasters in 2007, but the skills I learned in my club gave me the confidence to take this wonderful opportunity. Table Topics, in particular, is an invaluable tool for learning how to think on your feet.

Each of us joins Toastmasters with different goals, but we all share the desire to improve. The Toastmasters experience has solidified my desire to become a public speaker and writer — and I am grateful for that.

Read the full article at http://magazines.toastmasters.org/article/FROM+CC+TO+TV/829810/81016/article.html.

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