Come, See, Speak! Speech Marathon

On September 3, our club will have its annual fall speaking event open to guests. Toastmasters’ members will give their best in terms of speeches and evaluations. It’s a good opportunity for several reasons. It’s a chance to practice your skills and master your emotions in front of strangers, complete projects 6 or 10 in the CL manual, and help the club grow in membership and stature. Only one thing is missing now: the Chair of the event. It’s a

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Smedley Award

Every summer, Toastmasters International honors its founder by holding a membership drive in his honor. In order to get a Smedley ribbon for our flag, we need to add five new, dual, or reinstated members between August 1 and September 30. Can we do it? As you can imagine, it’s not easy attracting new members in these two hot months. Many professionals are on vacation, and the heat tends to make us slow and lazy. However, that’s never stopped us

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Our Three Year Anniversary Party

Brasov Toastmasters Club celebrated its third birthday July 1. Since we became chartered in 2010, members have improved their public speaking and leadership skills, and increased their self-esteem. Many have also made new friends, spending memorable times together in nature, watching movies, participating in team building events with games, cooking, and having fun in any possible way. Our club has not just built members, but also friendships. How can friends celebrate three years together? In a cozy place outside with

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A Double-Decker Ice Breaker

Communication for humans is like water in a fish bowl. The fish does not realize its environment, the very water it swims in. We are not aware we communicate constantly and unwillingly with our clothes, perfume, appearance, body movements, gestures, words, and tone of voice. A conversation can be mundane but intriguing at the same time. Separate the fish from its own water, and it will realize the danger. Now apply the same principle to man. Once a person is

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Proactivity

Proactivity means preparing for or controlling an expected occurrence or situation. It is a broad concept which can be applied to many aspects of our lives such as projects, relationships, or situations we find ourselves in, especially negative or difficult ones. I first heard about proactivity at a training to show the benefits of being proactive in our day-to-day life. You can choose your approach towards projects or activities using one of two options to handle your situations: reactively or

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Summer Reading

It’s summer time! Time for pleasure, passions, holidays, blue sky above and sand beneath your feet! It’s time in nature or visiting inspiring cities! For me, it’s also the best time ever to read! During the holidays, I like to have many books with me (or I buy even more from where I am). Right now I’m reading a book I received for my birthday, The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari. It’s a fable about fulfilling your dreams and reaching

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