Cluj Business Days

Membership has its privileges! Because Toastmasters and Business Days have a national partnership, we benefit from special prices and free invitations for Business Days’ events. For example, on September 26 we were invited to participate in the Cluj Business days conference as delegates from Brasov and evaluators for more than forty speakers at the event. Anca Gânscă and I wanted to explore this opportunity, so we went to Cluj to evaluate the speakers. It was a huge event with more than 500 business delegates from around the country,

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Reach for the Stars

What are your speaking goals for this year? The Toastmasters calendar runs from July 1 to June 30 every year, and I’ve set my goals accordingly. I’m aiming for the ACS level where I have to give ten ACS speeches in two manuals plus conduct two presentations from The Better Speaker Series and/or The Successful Club Series. Whew! Thank goodness I started last year. However, I’m getting close: three more speeches and one presentation to do by June 30. I think I can do it! The biggest

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Come, See, Speak!

Come, See, Speak! was a campaign to increase the visibility of our club to other professionals. It gave members the chance to speak in front of a larger audience and to be involved in a bigger project than our weekly meetings. The overall objective was to recruit new members. The event theme was “Learning Never Stops!” Toastmasters is the place where we can continue our learning because mastering public speaking is important in many areas of our lives. Being able to get beyond our nervousness, to

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New Member Outlook

“There’s a car between us!” This was the motto on our way to and from The Toastmasters National Boot Camp in Sighisoara. Spectacular scenery and interesting talks on various topics made the drive pass quickly. Being far from our daily routines in a beautiful surrounding, we could enjoy the best of Toastmasters: training sessions and great people. In Toastmasters, you find people with various levels of communication skills who do their best to improve, who seek feedback, and who continuously try to discover themselves. Of course, all this

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Trainer Training

Being a trainer has been one of my dreams. Although I’ve facilitated a few training sessions about communication skills, being a trainer at the Toastmasters Boot Camp in Sighisoara the weekend of Sept. 68 was a new challenge for me. Members from Bucuresti, Timisoara, Cluj, Suceava, Braila, Chisinau, and Brasov attended the event. The fact that about 25 persons signed up for the training that Vali and I prepared raised the expectations on my side. I knew that participants were about to give us four hours of their

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What Motivates You?

Even though a leader provides the appropriate environment and encourages team members toward motivation, it is the individual who sparks his own momentum. A successful leader understands what these sparks are and uses them to develop reward systems that match team members’ values. Of course, we are all different. We have different ways of seeing life, different expectations, and different passions and values. A leader’s mission is to inspire and engage the people in the direction he envisions. According to Toastmasters International, the following factors motivate

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