Can I check out a meeting?
Yes. Our meetings are always open to guests. If you would like to pay us a visit, please RSVP with our Vice President, Membership, Brad Shomer, ACS, ALB. As a guest, we welcome participation at whatever level you are most comfortable with. If you would like to sit back and observe a meeting that is fine. You are also welcome to participate in Table Topics and in the closing session comments. We value your input.
When will I be expected to give my first speech?
When you join, you will receive a Competent Communicator Manual and a Competent Leadership Manual. These books outline the speeches and projects you need to complete in order to receive the coveted Competent Communicator and Competent Leader awards. Actual participation is voluntary; therefore the pace is completely up to you. When you are ready, you can sign up for a speech or desired functionary role by contacting Malcolm High, DTM. You can see what roles are available here.
A great way to start is to participate in Table Topics—a spirited, fast paced portion of our meeting designed to promote impromptu speaking skills. As you become more comfortable, you might try a functionary role.
What if I need help with my speech?
Getting through the first couple of speeches and leadership projects can be challenging; however, at Airpark Chatter, you are never alone. We have many experienced members who volunteer as mentors who will help you navigate the CC and CL programs. At any point in the program you may contact the Vice President, Education, Malcolm High, DTM and have them assign you a mentor.
Where and how often are meetings?
Airpark Chatter meets on every first and third Tuesday of the month although the dates are subject to change based on room availability. We always meet between 12:00 and 1:30 p.m.; however we ask that you arrive early so we can make sure you are properly oriented. For a schedule of meetings, visit us on our MeetUp page. Our club meets at WorldatWork headquarters in Scottsdale.
What are the meeting facilities like?
The conference room seats up to 40 people and has overhead projections systems. Tables are arranged in a U shape so that we can see each other during the various stage of the meeting and allows for greater dialogue. Because we meet at a place of business, business casual attire is appreciated.
What can I expect at a meeting?
Our meetings are very structured. Each part of the meeting has been carefully designed to serve as an opportunity to learn and improve public speaking and enhance our leadership skills. Throughout the meeting, volunteers will fulfill different functionary roles. Every aspect of the meeting is evaluated and critiqued with the intention of providing constructive review of the leadership and speaking skills. Here is a sample agenda.
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