Reference and Resource Links

Toastmasters International Members Site
Whether you are a new member, a long-time member, a club officer, or even a district officer, you will find helpful information here.

Tips & Techniques
Helpful hints from Toastmasters.
Afraid you’ll freeze, choke or faint during a speech? Here are some platform-tested techniques for survival. Create meaningful gestures that will add impact to your speech. Improve your use of PowerPoint slides and flipchart notes. Handle humor with poise. Our tips will help your punch line shine!

District 86 Toastmasters
District 86 was born July 1, 2008 and serves more than 4500 Toastmasters in Southwestern, Central and Northern Ontario.

Six Minutes
Six Minutes brings you public speaking and presentation skills tips, analysis, insights, and strategies. Discover how you can become a more effective speaker and a more effective communicator. We are a community of speakers of all experience levels who come together to learn, share, and grow in our understanding of public speaking.

The Free Encyclopedia and other sister projects hosted by the non-profit organization, Wikimedia Foundation.

Dictionary of Canadian Biography
Provided by the online Library and Archives of Canada, the Dictionary of Canadian Biography site is a tremendously helpful source of brief and informative profiles of those personages of importance throughout Canadian history from the year 1000 to 1930.

The Canadian Encyclopedia
The most comprehensive and authoritative source of information on all things Canadian.

OneLook Reverse Dictionary
OneLook’s reverse dictionary lets you describe a concept and get back a list of words and phrases related to that concept. Your description can be a few words, a sentence, a question, or even just a single word.

The Complete Oxymoron List
An oxymoron is a combination of contradictory or incongruous words, such as ‘Cruel Kindness’ or ‘Jumbo Shrimp’ (Jumbo means ‘large’ while Shrimp means ‘small’). An oxymoron term is a literary figure of speech in which opposite or contradictory words, phrases, terms or ideas are combined to create a rhetorical effect by paradoxical means.

The Reference Desk
Search dictionary, search thesaurus, daily comics, word of the day, calendars, and everything else you ever wanted to know and still more.

Robert’s Rules of Order Online
Site contains the full text of the Fourth Edition of Robert’s Rules of Order Revised, along with the added convenience and functionality of index and keyword search.

YourDictionary is the easiest-to-use online dictionary. It is a dictionary you can understand with lots of tools to help you choose your words precisely, understand a word, avoid usage pitfalls and be confident in your use of words.

The Web’s best bios. Search over 25,000 of the greatest lives, past and present. “Born This Day” features, links to Biography Magazine and Channel and to A&E.

Quotations on every topic, by every author, and in every fashion possible.
The preeminent Internet publisher of literature, reference and verse providing students, researchers and the intellectually curious with unlimited access to books and information on the web, free of charge.

Articles of Interest

Found an interesting article about grammar, speechcraft, leadership, and similar topics that would be of interest to Mansion Toastmasters members? Send it in and we’ll add it here.

7 Public Speaking Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur | March 30, 2015

Top 10 Ways to Make Your Presentations More Memorable
Entrepreneur | March 27, 2015

Richard Branson Hates Public Speaking
Business Insider | September 25, 2014

How A Popular Two-Letter Word Is Undermining Your Credibility
Fast Company | April 29, 2014

Tips for creating and giving effective PowerPoint presentations
Statistics Canada | April 1, 2014

7 Traits of Highly Effective Leaders | August 23, 2013

‘Awesome’: The most overused word in English | December 30, 2013

10 Keys To Writing A Speech
Forbes | July 16, 2013

The Psychology of Language: Which Words Matter the Most When We Talk
Buffer Social | March 23, 2013

4 Steps to Successful Brainstorming
Forbes | March 5, 2013

How To Add Humor To Your Speech
Speaking Sherpa | October 22, 2012