Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Thought for the Day


Friendship and learning enriches our lives and make us better human beings. So make sure that you learn the right things and make friends with the right kind of people.

Kelly Sagar.

Monday, 15 November 2010

M, N and O


Mentoring by top-notch members.

Training in how to deal with the media.

Our motto - to love our language and use it with grace and facility.







Networking
opportunities.






Orientation programmes - a wonderful way to welcome new members.


Improved Organisational skills.

Online
shopping and dues payment - makes it so easys

Monday, 25 October 2010

J, K & L



Joining mid-year is a breeze with reasonable, prorated fees

Training in when and how to tell a joke or story.







Our crackerjack "Kiwi" team at IMS.






Leadership training.

Improved Logo - very sharp

Letter to your employer with each Accreditation level achieved.

Saturday, 25 September 2010

How to Create an Impromptu Presentation

According to Mark Twain it usually takes more than three weeks to prepare a good impromptu speech. Most of us however when called on at short notice to give a brief presentation in a meeting (for example) probably don’t even have the luxury of 5 minutes preparation time – let alone 3 weeks! So how can you still deliver a reasonably successful presentation if you’ve got about ZERO Preparation time?

Presentation Structure is the Key

In a situation like this, you need to have some form of standard structures in your head that you can call upon at very short notice.

One example structure that you can use quickly (if it’s relevant) is:-

  1. What’s the issue
  2. How is it affecting things?
  3. And what is being done about it?
Using the Power of Three – so 3 main points and then if needed break down each of the points into 3.

Chronological Structures

Another structure you can use for impromptu presentations is:-

  1. Past
  2. Present
  3. Future
 Another similar structure is based on:-
  1. What was it like before?
  2. What was the event?
  3. What’s the result now?
 The Three 'W's Structure
  1. What?
  2. Which?
  3. Who?
e.g.  Buying a car: What sort should I buy? Which brand should I purchase? From Whom should I buy it?

More Conventional Structure 
  • Introduction
  • Main Body
    • Point 1 – with 3 sub points in support
    • Point 2 –  with 3 sub points in support
    • Point 3 – with 3 sub points in support
  • Conclusion and call to action if relevant
Conclusions
As with most things the more you practise something the better you can become at it. And impromptu speaking is no exception!

Give yourself some topics to speak on and then allow 2-3 minutes of preparation for each one. Then try presenting on each of about 5 minutes. Learn as you go get someone to watch you and give you feedback on how it went. Try it in your POWERtalk club!

Not a member yet?  See the links to clubs in the right-hand panel or ask about starting a club in your area.

Stella Sneddon

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Why bother with Accreditation?


Accreditation assignments are tailored to individual needs within a recognised, optional, multi-level format, which offers a flexible and self-paced program. From the simplest of beginnings of a one-minute ‘speech’, to the complexity of leading two-hour workshops at International Conventions, the Accreditation Program provides a disciplined and graduated personal growth path.
  • We all need a yardstick to measure our progress - whether it was the baby steps at School, culminating in achieving your school leaving qualifications, moving onto University and obtaining a degree - these are life skill assessments of our ability. We are a top quality training organisation based on assisting our members to achieve professional status in their chosen field and as such our Accreditation programme assists them to assess just how far and well they have progressed.
  • You receive a written evaluation for every assignment – very useful to measure your achievements.
  • Being on the Accreditation Programme gives you the incentive to undertake assignments you would not normally do – such as Workshops at Council and Region or even perhaps at International.
  • You receive encouragement at all levels from the Accreditation Team.
  • Clubs which have many members on the Programme find that their club programmes are more interesting as members ask for assignments to complete the different levels.
  • You receive a qualification Starting with EC(Efficient Communicator), PC(Proficient Communicator), SC(Skilled Communicator), AC(Accomplished Communicator), and DC(Distinguished Communicator) and your employer will be advised of your success (if wished)
  • The Latimer Trophy is awarded to the person who has the most signatures in their book in the year in Great Britain Region.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Communication and Success

The quality of your life is the quality of your communication.

This means the way you communicate with others and, more importantly, the way you communicate with yourself.

What you focus on is what you get. If you look for the positive this is what you get.

This is a fundamental law of Nature.

The Top 200 Secrets of Success and the Pillars of Self-Mastery
Robin S. Sharma

Friday, 17 September 2010

G, H & I.

Training in how to present/accept a gift -very useful.
Personal Growth

An inspiring History - since 1938.Information on any topic - as evidenced by great educational features.
Bright Ideas are rewarded.

Monday, 13 September 2010

D, E and F





Focus on learning by doing.Debates and panel discussions.
Division
VPs - great champions.









Effective evaluations - a fantastic encouragement.POWERtalking e-magazine - very professional.Extension manual & starter kit - great help in starting a new club.









Lifelong friendships made - "need I say more"
Fellows of ITC - la creme de la creme

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Top 20 Figures of Speech

Alliteration Repetition of an initial consonant sound

Anaphora Repetition of the same word or phrase at the beginning of successive clauses or verse.

Antithesis The juxtaposition of contrasting ideas in balanced phrases.

Assonance Identity or similarity in sound between internal vowels in neighbouring words.

Chiasmus A verbal pattern in which the second half of an expression is balanced against the first, but with the parts reversed.

Euphemism
The substitution of an inoffensive term for one considered offensively explicit.

Hyperbole An extravagant statement, the use of exaggerated terms for the purpose of emphasis or heightened effect.

Irony
The use of words to convey the opposite of their literal meaning. A statement of situation where the meaning is contradicted by the appearance of presentation of the idea.

Litotes A figure of speech consisting of an understatement in which an affirmative is
expressed by negating its opposite.

Metaphor. An implied comparison between two unlike things that actually have something important in common.

Metonyomy. A figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated; also the rhetorical strategy of describing something indirectly by referring to things around it.

Onomatopoeia. The use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects of actions they refer to.

Oxymoron. A figure of speech in which incongruous or contradictory terms appear side by side.

Paradox.
A statement that appears to contradict itself.

Personification
A figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstraction is endowed with human qualities or abilities.

Pun.
A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar senses or sound of different words.

Simile A stated comparison (usually formed with "like" or "as") between two fundamentally dissimilar things that have certain qualities in common.

Synecdoche.
A figure of speech in which a part is used to represent the whole .

Understatement.
A figure of speech in which a writer or speaker makes a situation seem less important or serious than it is.

Monday, 6 September 2010

Self-Accreditation Through Origami

In preparation for the POWERtalk International Training Weekend in Kobe, why not brush up on your origami skills with this simple self-accrediting model? You can obtain origami paper from any good arts and crafts shop

 Start with your piece of paper colour side up. Fold the top edge to the bottom edge, make a firm crease with your thumbnail then unfold.  Fold the right-hand edge to the left hand edge and again make a firm crease and then unfold. A fold with the colour on the inside is known as a valley fold.


Turn the paper over and fold in half across each diagonal, crease firmly and unfold. A fold with the colour on the outside is known as a mountain fold.


Holding the paper at the marked points on the left and right fold into the creases to bring those to points down to meet the marked centre point.

Flatten the model. This is called the water-bomb base but we are not going to make a water bomb!

Fold the top triangle into the centre and unfold. Using this crease, open out the triangle and flatten. This is known as the squash fold.


Repeat the previous step on all four of the flaps of the water bomb base. The model will now look like this.


On the uppermost diamond, fold the outside corners into the centre line, crease well then open.


Fold the whole model in half and unfold.


Using the creases made in the previous two steps, lift the bottom point of the model (the uppermost layer only) up to the top point, bringing in the sides of the model at the same time, as shown. This is known as the petal fold.


Repeat the previous three steps (petal fold) on each of the remaining three sides.



Now fold down each of these triangles halfway, on all four sides.


If you have followed the instructions, award yourself a star.

Thursday, 2 September 2010

Notes on Debating - Rovers

Basic Set up

Chairman, Chair, Moderator, Speaker


Proposers, Government

Opposition, Opposers
Right of the chair –
those for the motion:

Proposers, Government

They speak first
(and traditionally also last)

Proposers define what the motion means
Left of the chair –
those against the motion:

Opposition, Opposers

They speak alternately with proposers

(But always check the local set up and rules, inc. timings)

A motion is always a positive statement… this house is / will / would / likes / wants / believes / can…

E.g. this house would fight for King & Country; believes in God; wants cannabis legalised; values higher education.



Discussion and Challenge (again always check the local set up, customs and rules)

  1. Usually only address (talk to or through) the chair – never directly to another speaker
  2. Point of information – providing information to or challenging the person speaking e.g. Madam Moderator, is the lady aware of the survey in today’s Times…; Mr Speaker, I have already explained this point… Can also be used humorously e.g. Mr Chairman, I cannot believe that the gentleman is over 21!
  3. Point of order – providing information to or asking for guidance or intervention from the chair e.g. Mr Speaker, can I remind you that we need to leave the hall by 10pm? Madam Chairman, it is surely not acceptable for the gentleman to use that kind of language here! Can also be used humorously but with care, not always appreciated e.g. Mr Chairman, Surely the lady is too young to have that drink brought to her!


Team work
  1. If you’re debating competitively, check the rules for what you are (each) meant to do and what the judges mark you by. Generally the expectation will be as 2 – 5 below:
  2. The first speaker for the motion is expected to ‘define’ it – to say how it is being interpreted, what it means.
  3. All speakers are expected to be able to refer to previous arguments already used on both sides and it helps to refer to what your team mates will say later (‘My colleague Jenny will develop this…’)
  4. All speakers are expected to take and deal with some points of information, and to give points of information.
  5. The final speaker is expected to summarise the arguments. It can pay to have your most confident speaker in this position.
  6. There is great value in joint preparation and anticipation of the other side’s arguments.
  7. Consider your team’s appearance – all jackets / all shirts / all jumpers?
  8. Don’t get waylaid by complex points of information – practise cutting someone off / dismissing the point.
  9. It’s meant to be fun for participants and audience – enjoy it, laugh at it.

Ruth Maltman DC FITC

Saturday, 28 August 2010

POWERtalk has it all - C

Conventions with an international flavour
CLO
network - a great way to stay in touch worldwide.
Chances to serve on committees and be coached by the best
Certification programmes - speech contest judges, short course trainers.
Clubs - the basic components of the organisation.
Council meetings - the first chance to practice with a larger audience.
Our Creed - to foster free and open discussion on all subjects.
Promotes community involvement.





Friday, 20 August 2010

POWERtalk has it all - from A to Z


Accreditation programme - a great way to track your progress








No political, social, economic, racial or religious bias

Training in body language and gestures

Friday, 11 June 2010

Ten Tips on using Notes.


  1. Writing out the whole speech will give you too many notes to handle. Use key points for each paragraph or point.
  2. Large notes, if held in the hand, will detract from the presentation. Use palm-sized cards as a prompt or reminder.
  3. Print or type speech in large letters on while, unlined cards. Everything on the cards should be readable at arm's length.
  4. Use card rather than paper as it is easier to handle and will not curl if placed on a lectern.
  5. Use wide margins so you can find your place easily as you scan down the card.
  6. Underline words and phrases you want to emphasise.
  7. Mark reminders of pauses or phrasing in a bold, different colour.
  8. Mark some of the cards for possible elimination in case your speech has to be shortened.
  9. Number the cards in the top right hand corner. If you do have the misfortune to drop them they can easily be re-ordered.
  10. As you finish with a card put it to one side. If it is placed at the back of the pile you may accidentally put it in the wrong place and thereby repeat your material or get lost.

Tuesday, 1 June 2010

INTRODUCING AND THANKING A SPEAKER


1. Check that

  • The microphone and other electrical equipment is working
  • water is available for the speaker
  • the lectern is the right height for the speaker
  • You have enough background information.


2. Make the Speaker Welcome

  • Meet the Speaker at the entrance.
  • Ask if there is anything he/he requires.
  • Show the speaker to his/her seat.

3. Preparation.

  • Prepare your introduction and thanks beforehand.
  • Write key words on a cue card.

4. Avoid.

  • Cliches
  • Repeating yourself - remember to use your notes.

5. Use this Formula.

  • Why this subject?
  • Why this subject subject for this audience?
  • Why this subject for this audience at this time?

6. Don't

  • Exaggerate the speaker's qualifications
  • Read a lengthy curriculum vitae or biography
  • Say how wonderful the speech will be
  • Steal the spotlight

7. Do

  • Speak to the audience not the speaker
  • Be brief - never longer than two minutes
  • Be genuine and sincere
  • Smile and relax

8. Facilitating questions

  • listen carefully to the question
  • Repeat it clearly for the benefit of both speaker and the audience
  • Unobtrusively guide speaker to audience members signalling to ask a question.

9. Thanking the Speaker

  • Say what you enjoyed about the presentation
  • Don't simply repeat the main points of the presentation
  • Speak to the speaker and the audience.

10. Most Importantly

  • Be sincere
  • Be brief
  • Be seated!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

POWER


“Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things – but look what they can do when they stick together”

Anon

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Ten Tips on Mentoring

  1. Mentoring is a relationship that enhances the development of individuals by the passing on of knowledge, skills and values.
  2. This relationship is a creative bond between a mentor (teacher) and a mentee (learner) which is to the benefit of both.
  3. From a mentor, a mentee receives input about organisational culture, coaching and counselling, skills development, motivation and continuous feedback, thus becoming a useful member of an organisation much more quickly.
  4. The mentor benefits by the development of interpersonal and leadership skills, and accomplishments in his/her mentee's success.
  5. A mentoring programme should have the visible support of those at the head of an organisation, and it should form part of the culture of that organisation.
  6. The ideal ratio is one mentor to one mentee.
  7. Mentors should volunteer their services. The relationship should be one of choice, and should be committed to in writing.
  8. The best mentors are experienced empathetic persons with a willingness to share, the capability of building trust, and with good listening skills.
  9. Specific time periods should be set aside for mentoring. Opportunity should be given to the mentee for questions and feedback.
  10. It is recommended that the mentee maintains a close relationship with the mentor, takes ownership of his/her own development and actively seeks new challenges.

Monday, 10 May 2010

Ten Top Tips Effective Delegation.


1. Choose the Right Person.

You should consider the needs of the assignment and your knowledge of the person's skills, abilities, interests and motivations i.e. you need to be confident that the person to whom you are delegating will be able to achieve the required results.


2. Give Compliments.

Say why you feel they are the right person for the job.


3. Define the Results You Expect.

The focus needs to be on the GOAL rather than on the tasks performed in order to achieve the required results.


4. Emphasize the Purpose of Achieving the Objectives.

The importance to the organisation and personal benefit of achieving the objective or failing to do so, needs to be emphasized.


5. Ensure There are Adequate Resources

for the devised plan of action which ensures adherence to specified times.


6. Introduce Control Systems.

These need to be developed and introduced so that deviation from progress can be monitored and corrected.


7. Establish a Measurement of Success.

This is necessary to determine whether a satisfactory or outstanding result has been achieved. You want the best.


8. Offer Support

Get agreement and ensure that rules, regulations, limitations and policies regarding the area in which they are to work are understood. Back them all the way.


9. Delegate the Responsibility.

But allow a margin for minor mistakes in judgement.


10. Empower with Sufficient Authority.

For achieving results and reduce your authority. Then you will get the best performance.



Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Your Daily Survival Kit


1. Toothpick - to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others
2. Rubber band - to remind you to be flexible: things might not always work out the way you want, but it will work out.
3. Band aid - to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours and someone else's
4. Pencil - to remind you to list your blessings everyday
5. Eraser - to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it's OK
6. Chewing gum - to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything
7. Mint - to remind you that you are worth a mint!
8. Candy kiss - to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug every day
9. Tea bag - to remind you to relax daily and go over your list of blessings

Author Unknown(from www.wow4u.com)

Thought for the day

Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

The art of communicating ...



The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. -- Hans Hoffman






Wednesday, 31 March 2010

Thought for the day


Life is too short - eat desert first

Annon

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

Region



GREAT BRITAIN REGION BOARD MEETING.




On Saturday 27th May the Region Board met in the Premier Inn Carlisle South. This was the fourth meeting of the Board and was, as usual conducted in a warm, friendly and happy way with the members in agreement about most things and sparking ideas off each other. The next meeting will take place just before Conference in the Premier Inn, Newcastle City Centre.

Saturday, 6 March 2010

TEN TIPS


SHORT STORY WRITING


1. Concentrate on your opening sentence.

This is where you will grab the attention of the reader.


2 Write as if to a friend

A story has to read easily and should sound great when read aloud.


3. Use simple sentences

Readers do not read more than 25 words before they are distracted. Use

no more than 15-20 words per sentence.


4. Alternate long sentences.

Use sentences of 4-5 words or evens single word it creates an impact and makes

reading easier.


5. Make paragraphs of 3-4 sentences.

Small paragraphs will entice the reader to go on. and on. and on.


6. Look at the verbs you use.

Are they strong or weak? Compare 'he has yelled at the top of his voice'

with 'he called out'


7. Use the 4 W's

What, Where, Why and When. There is a 5th W - Whether. Decide whether

you should use the word EDIT.


8. Believe in your Characters.

If you don't how can your reader? Your story should have one main character

and no more than one or two secondary characters. Only mention characteristics

or outward appearance if it adds to the story.


9. Check the rules.

If you are entering a contest check the rules. You don't want to be rejected for an

incorrect format or for using too many words.


10. One idea - one story.

When you have finished use your red pencil and edit again. Sometimes it helps

to put the story aside for a time and then look at it with fresh eyes.





Thursday, 25 February 2010

LISTENING SKILLS


  1. 10% of our waking time is spent in communication and 45% of that time is spent listening but we only retain 25% of what we hear.
  2. Active listening is about listening for the purpose of understanding and interpreting the message the speaker is trying to convey.
  3. Concentrate carefully - don't get distracted.
  4. Listen for the explicit date (what is said) as well as the implicit data (what is not said)
  5. Refrain from immediate evaluation - attempt to see the other person's point of view.
  6. Check that you are really listening to the other person - not just waiting your turn to speak.
  7. Listen for the main ideas. Acknowledge what you have just heard and give an appropriate response.
  8. If you do not understand, don't be afraid to ask for clarification.
  9. Read and listen to difficult materials just for the exercise. Jot down the main points you have noted and then check to see how you did.
  10. For a day, keep a record of the time you spent listening. Consider the specific differences improved listening could have made.

Monday, 15 February 2010

Imagination

At POWERtalk Stirling Club’s meeting on Tuesday 9th February, the theme was “Imagination”, which is needed for our speech making, debating, topics and even evaluation.

First, members had to decide what connections could be made between pairs: Drum & Blue tooth, then between Wooden leg & Chile.

More imagination went into deciding how many uses could be found for a paper clip (17) and a business card case (11).
A workshop on speech planning on the subject of Roadworks (everyone’s bete noir!) first produced a plan to persuade listeners of the benefits but then we had to exercise even more imagination to plan an entertaining speech on the subject.

We needed no imagination to convince us that we’d had fun!

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Depressed Internet Users - Try POWERtalk!


Photograph: Guttorm FlatabΓΈ
Today's newspapers quote a report by a team at Leeds University suggesting that there is a link between Internet addiction and depression. Forget the dark side of the web!

Who says that social networking is a poor substitute for face-to-face communication? No more so than than a telephone and like a telephone you can use it to make contact with people on the other side of the planet.  Something I often do as a member of POWERtalk International.

There's a twist though.  The POWERtalk social network isn't just about the Internet.  If Internet usage is making you depressed why not join a social network that allows you to meet up in person - Join one of our clubs and gain confidence in public speaking and meet friendly, welcoming people. Then expand your network to people from all over Great Britain Region and possibly, in time, from all over the world. Check the links to see if there is a club near you.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010


THOUGHT FOR THE DAY.


Listen and you will develop intuition.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Google Calendar Gadget


Dear Google,

Please fix the Google Calendar Gadget for Websites.  The POWERtalk websites in Great Britain Region had nice little mini-calendars with a list of events below. Now the Google Calendar Gadget does not work so I have had to resort to using the embedded calendar instead.

I can still display the calendar on my iGoogle homepage but we want the world to be able to see it.  It was by far the best of the Gooogle Gadgets. 

Note to Rovers: please see what it says at the foot of the calendar!

Regards,

POWERtalk Great Britain Region Web Editor

Wednesday, 13 January 2010



THOUGHT FOR THE DAY


We can’t all be shining examples, but we can at least twinkle a little.

Monday, 11 January 2010

Mentoring - a Learning Partnership

If you have had a good experience of being mentored, or of acting as a mentor, you may recognise the definition of mentoring as a learning partnership. This idea of ‘partnership’ is what distinguishes mentoring from straightforward ‘coaching’ or ‘teaching’.

Who Needs a Mentor?
Anyone facing a new challenge could find it helpful to have a mentor. So, the answer to the question of who needs a mentor is: we all do at some stage in our careers.

Choosing a Mentor
It’s best if the initiative in seeking a mentor is taken by the person wishing to be mentored (the ‘mentee’). Mentoring isn’t something that can successfully be imposed on mentees.

The following checklist will help you choose a mentor:

  • I know what I want from a mentoring partner.
  • I have identified potential mentoring partners.
  • I know why I want this person as a mentor.
  • I have ideas about how it might operate.
  • I have a list of concerns for discussion.
  • You should have worked through these points before choosing a possible mentor.

The Mentor
The mentor’s role is to listen, provide constructive feedback and help their mentee consider options.

They may refer their mentee to other resources as well as facilitate decision-making or share their own experiences. They provide guidance, not direction; and do not solve problems, but act as a collaborator in the problem-solving process.

Primary responsibilities of a mentor include:

  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Being accessible
  • Promoting decision making
  • Helping achieve the goals of the mentee
  • Ensuring a professional relationship
  • Acting as a role model
  • Knowing when to end the relationship

More Information for POWERtalk International Members
You will find a Guide to Mentoring in the members’ resource centre of the international website under ‘PREM’. There is also a workshop in ‘Education Features’, which can be used to promote the adoption of mentoring at every level.

Keys to Success
Any promotion of mentoring will only succeed if:

  • Potential mentors are identified who have an excellent track record in skills such as leadership, delegation, management, communication and motivation.
  • These potential mentors can be paired successfully with mentees in a true learning partnership.

Saturday, 9 January 2010




TEN TOP TIPSON

CHAIRING A MEETING


Prior to the meeting ensure a comprehensive agenda has been prepared and distributed to all members. Ensure that you have all relevant documents to hand in the same order as the agenda.

It is the chair’s responsibility to regulate the meeting and to ensure that a quorum is present before business commences.

Stick to the Agenda.

Only one person should speak at a time. Should discussions “on the side” become apparent, call for order.

Do not permit speakers to stray from the topic under discussion.

Do not hesitate to seek expert advice when necessary. It is in order to suspend the matter under debate until such advice has been received.

From time to time during a prolonged discussion summarize the main points. This helps those present to follow the argument.

It is sometimes advisable to set a time limit on debate. Such a proposal must be approved by the assembly. A time limit may be placed on each speaker and no speaker may speak twice to the same motion until all who wish to speak have had the opportunity to do so.

Be sure to remain neutral.

When it is necessary to take a vote, repeat the motion immediately before the voting takes place. The most common method of voting is by a show of hands. Remember to ask for votes in favour and for any against. When announcing the result, again repeat the motion so that all present are clear on the decision which has been taken.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Book Reviews in Club Programmes




BOOK REVIEWS
(Club Programming)

Has your club every thought of having Book Reviews for a club programme?
Many members of POWERtalk are avid readers (when they have time) and have widely varied tastes in books. There are many advantages to having this sort of evening including making you much more aware while reading a book you intend to review and enjoying hearing other people’s views of something you have read your self or even finding out about one or more books that you would enjoy

Another interesting idea would be to ask members to review specific books – perhaps something that they would not normally read


Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Accreditation: The What, Why, Who and Where to get you started



ACCREDITATION

WHAT ?

Accreditation is a way of recognising achievement and guaranteeing quality. In POWERtalk we all do assignments that we are proud of but we soon forget how well we did. If you have all of your assignments accredited as well as evaluated you will have a record of those you did well. Accreditation is not just a tick box exercise. To be accredited for an assignment you must do it to a minimum standard which is where the guaranteeing the quality comes in.

If you wish your employer will be informed when you complete each level.


WHY

Because it gives you a goal and a record of all the assignments we complete, together with a written evaluation for future use. It is a measure of your improvement.


WHERE

Can I find out more about this?
Go on line to the International web page at http://www.powertalkinternational.com/index.php/ps_pagename/members_home
Click on Resource centre for Accreditation (don’t forget to click go)
to read about
The Accreditation Journey
Accreditation Basics Master Manual UK Section 8
Lists of Accomplished Communicators and Distinguished Communicators

After that go to Master Manual for the Accreditation Programme

Master Manual - Section 3.1 Project Basics level 1
Effective Communicator (EC) Level One l
Master Manual - Section 3.2 Project Basics level 2
Proficient Communicator (PC) Level Two
Master Manual - Section 3.3 Project Basics level 3
Skilled Communicator (SC) Level Three
Master Manual - Section 3.4 Project Basics level 4
Accomplished Communicator (AC) Level Four;
Master Manual – Section 3.5 Project Basics level 5 Distinguished Communicator (DC) Level Five
Plus
Master Manual - Section 3.6.1 Appendices for Effective Communicator
Master Manual - Section 3.6.2 Appendices for Proficient Communicator
Master Manual - Section 3.6.3 Appendices for Skilled Communicator



WHEN CAN I START?

At any time – print off levels 1 and 2 (or more if you are really keen) and inform your Accreditation Chairman of the Club that you are on the programme and wish to be evaluated. Levels 1 and 2 can be completed all at Club level.


WHO?

All members can participate in the programme and it has been found that clubs where many members are taking part discover a new enthusiasm in the club with members eager to complete assignments.


WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

A thought for the day






"If the only tool you have is a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail." - Abraham Maslow