Rotary CRAFT Talk
What is a CRAFT Talk? Each new Rotary member or transferee is asked to give a “Craft talk” after they have been in our Club for 1 – 6 months. You were assigned a classification when you joined relating to your business and position. This is your chance to tell members about yourself and your business. It shouldn’t be a big chore because you should already know all the answers.
Make your Craft Talk your own and truly representative of you.
Time Frame: 5-10 minutes, leave some time for questions at the end of your Talk!
Suggested topics, in no particular order:
- Reasons for joining the Tustin – Santa Ana Rotary Club
- What you like best about Rotary
- Your profession:
- Where you work now and what you do
- What the business sells or does
- Why you chose your particular business or profession
- Parts of your job you find most rewarding and most difficult.
- Forecast employment opportunities in your field for the coming decade.
- Advice you would give persons entering your career field.
- How your profession is being impacted by technology, government regulations, and environmental factors.
- Ethical issues you face at work, and how the Rotary 4-Way Test and the Rotary Code of Conduct helps you deal with them.
- Interesting previous job or experience
- Where you grew up
- Educational background
- Family – about your spouse, children, and pets
- Where you live/have lived
- Countries visited
- Most Incredible Thing You’ve Ever Seen or Done
- Last Thing – something that no one knows about you
- Questions from the members
Some presentation hints:
- Speak clearly and in an audible tone – stick to your prepared text or outline
- Use hand movements sparingly – avoid nervous habits such as coughing or twitching.
- Maintain eye contact with your fellow Rotarians and always face your audience.
- Avoid the urge to rush though your 5-10 minute talk to “get it over with.”
- Try to relax as much as possible and put genuine emotion into your voice.
- Visuals such as PowerPoint can enliven your talk.
Relax and enjoy your opportunity to educate your fellow Rotarians about who you are and your vocation.