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TM International Convention, watch it live

August 14th, 2014|Club Life, Public Relations|

Stream to any device, watch on the go Just because you won’t be in Kuala Lumpur for the 2014 International Convention doesn’t mean you have to miss all of the excitement. Get instant access at home! Toastmasters on Demand is an easy-to-use portal for the purchase and viewing of events from the International Convention. […]

"Every Um is counted", Markus Krause in Zeit Online

August 12th, 2014|Public Relations|

Markus Krause Toastmasters in Europe may have split up on July 1st, but we’re still one big happy family! Please see a recent splash that appeared in Germany’s Zeit Newspaper online version. Markus Krause talked about Toastmasters with the editor in charge of career topics. […]

D59 Contest updates leading to the Fall Conference in Lyon 21-23 Nov. 2014

August 7th, 2014|District Events|

Marike Dijksterhuis, District 59 Lt. Governor Education and Training Dear fellow officers, In Lyon we will conduct the following D59 contests at the Fall Conference from 21-23 November 2014: Humorous Speech Contest in English Discours Humoristique en Français Table Topics Contest in English Discours Impromptu en Français Speech Contest Rulebook […]

District 59 has a new motto: "Together we make a difference"

August 7th, 2014|Club Life, District Events, New clubs|

Dear fellow Toastmasters, Jaap Russchenberg, District Governor Even though it’s holiday period and many of you will be on vacation in August I would like to keep you updated on the latest developments in our new District 59. The new year has got off to a great start with the chartering of 3 new clubs: Toastmasters Two Towers (Italy) NOA Toastmasters Club (Netherlands) Fluor Amsterdam Speakers (Netherlands) […]

Call for Workshops in Lyon Conference 21-23 November 2014 is open!

August 4th, 2014|District Events|

Do you have a great idea other Toastmasters could learn from? Are you willing to inspire us and give us food for thought? Can you show us the benefits of a new approach? We are looking for presenters who offer original, informative 40-45 minutes quality workshops that are relevant to the conference theme and one of the three focus tracks: […]

The “Toastmasters visitor” series*: destination Malta

June 18th, 2014|Club Life, New clubs|

Daniel Sandars visiting prospective club Toastmasters Malta Luqa, Malta, 27th Daniel Sandars CC, a Toastmaster at Cranfield Speakers (http://cranfield.d71.org), and his wife Stephanie took a night out from their family holiday on the Island of Gozo in Malta to visit Toastmasters Malta (http://tmmalta.tmclub.eu). Daniel has a very emotional relation to Malta where he gave an eulogy speech for which Toastmasters helped him prepare. His visit might trigger Malta chartering its first club and potentially becoming one of the countries joining D59 in the future. […]

June webinars: LinkedIn makeover and other branding issues

June 10th, 2014|Other|

Thanks to committed presenters and engaged participants, our first  round of webinars on voice training (thank you Olivia Schofield http://www.oliviaschofield.com/) and personal branding (thank you Nelson Emilio http://nelsonemilio.com/) that took place in April and May was a total success. So much a success that we have tailored a new series to better accommodate your needs. Check them out and click to register and/or share with any interested. Webinar 1) Getting started with personal branding on social networks  II: Twitter […]

Personal branding in four questions

May 23rd, 2014|Other|

Ruxandra Balboa-Pöysti, PRO D59 The era of digital marketing has repackaged us into personal branders: we are nowadays at the centre of new ways to perceive each other, new ways to understand each other and this creates pressure on each individual to communicate according to certain codes, especially when we have an expected level of efficiency. The idea of communicating about oneself as a brand might seem like the ultimate blow of an already tiny barrier protecting our core human features from melting into pure consumerism. What if, on the contrary, communicating about ourselves like a brand – thus using the tricks big brands use to remain present in our lives and persuade us to purchase their products and services – was a manner to free our true selves and help us reach inner authenticity? […]

How to photograph at a Toastmasters event: tips from a professional

April 30th, 2014|Other|

Susanne Kischnick is a professional event and headshot photographer of 15 years experience and has photographed numerous Toastmasters conferences in France and Europe since March 2012. She has covered all levels from club to area and division to district as a photographer and also as a speaker. I agree with her when she says that: “For me, photographing people is serving the community, providing quality images for communication and respecting the people I portray”. Susanne definitely contributed to immortalize our conferences with compelling images and made a difference in the quality of communications and Toastmasters memories. […]

D59 virtual realities I: April and May webinars

April 1st, 2014|Other|

Five years ago, I was attending a series of professional workshops called “Tools of Change” intended for publishers right before the Frankfurter Buchmesse (the largest book fair in the world). The biggest firms in the place were fearing to go digital: is it possible that people will forget about the pleasure of holding such brilliant hardcover piece, the pleasure of turning pages, writing notes on the sides, etc.? […]