First Impression – Catalin Paval

I’d heard about Toastmasters three years ago from PR Beta at a conference in Timisoara. Their Area 3 Governor, Raluca Moisi, kept saying after each speaker, “4 ahs, 6 pauses, 2 leanings on the table,” etc., and I had no idea what she was doing! Now I’ve joined a Toastmasters club, the place where she learned to effectively critique speeches. When I went to a Brasov Toastmasters meeting for the first time last month, I knew I wanted to be part of a group of people who

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Happy 4th Birthday, Brasov Toastmasters!

On July 1, our club celebrated its fourth anniversary. We scheduled our birthday party for July 20 in Rinda’s garden in the old city center and hoped the sun would make an appearance. After the wettest spring and summer I can remember, the sun shone that Sunday afternoon (this always happens to good people!). Old members, new members, family, and new friends played games together, and enjoyed the fabulous food and each other’s company. It was a great afternoon sharing our latest news, laughing with friends, and being

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Easy Speak – First Steps

We’re Toastmasters, and we love to improve ourselves and how we do things! Starting in July, we started using the Easy Speak web platform for our club meetings. Why is this change so fantastic and easy? Because it will help us: Sign up for meeting roles – Be proactive and sign up in advance to have a better selection of roles from which to choose. Request a speech – Simply go to Easy Speak and request a speech. You can no longer just sign up for a

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Câmpia Turzii Boot Camp – July 11-13, 2014

Boot camp in a nutshell: a state of mind and spirit that lifts you to the sky while giving you a vision and a bird’s eye perspective on what Toastmasters is. Benefits for all Toastmasters, no matter whether they are officers or members. Origins and organization. You get them both in a boot camp thanks to the leaders present. Outspoken people, awesome atmosphere. Training for toastmasters interested in developing themselves, the organization, and the world they live in. Challenges and chances. All people there get

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Duck First, Swan After

I don’t know if this happens to you, but sometimes when I feel rejected from a group because I am different – be it in the way I look, think, or act – I remember the ugly duckling story of my childhood. This doesn’t mean I feel alone, ugly, or sad. It acts more as a reminder of the fact that this is a natural step I need to take in order to become a swan. So “duck first, swan after” is the statement

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