Pumping Adrenaline

The local and area contests in September were the first ones I ever participated in since becoming a member of Toastmasters. For me what stood out was the experience of having more adrenaline pumping through my body than when giving speeches during regular meetings. I had to focus more on relaxing before I spoke but once I was up in front I felt pretty good. I think the experience one gains from participating in contests helps one to become a

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Competition Is about Winning

Who thinks that participating into a competition is not about winning is totally wrong! Competitions are all about winning. Even if the only thing that you win is the experience of participation, the goal is the same. Which brings me to the first H1 Area Conference that took place in Brașov. For me the theme was “First Time”. It was my first Toastmasters conference that I attended. Such an event is on a different level than our regular meetings when

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I Am a Champion

Yes, I know, I didn’t win the first place in the Area H1 Romanian Humorous Speech Contest. However, I am a champion because I did something new and I learned new things about myself and about my interaction with the audience. I saw that I can make people feel good and laugh. I am a champion because I have competed. My goal was not to be better than the other speakers, but to be better than I was yesterday. And

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The Awesome Team

This September, I was given the opportunity to be part of “The Awesome Team” that made the first H1 Area Conference possible in Brașov. It all started about a month ago when our thoughtful Club President, Roxana Cârceag, also known as Rox, asked me if I was interested in helping with the upcoming Area Conference. It peaked my interest and shortly after the meeting Andrei Popescu called me. He is a cool guy. He told me how my help was

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The Quantity of Quality: How It Was at the First H1 Area Conference

As a dear colleague of ours wisely summed up our clubs’ expectations when it comes to people and experiences, we don’t aim for quantity, but for quality. The great thing is that here at Toastmasters there is always a great quantity of quality, regardless of the number of the people in the room or the extent of the activity we are involved in. This idea can pretty much sum up the 3-day Area Conference we hosted in Brașov this past

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Make Your Voice Heard Out There!

Have you ever had that feeling that even though you might know how to cook the most delicious dish in the world, no epicure bellies from Masterchef will ever taste it? Or that feeling of having what it takes to write the most amazing novel ever written, yet it will never be published? Or maybe the feeling that you’re developing the skills of delivering the most brilliant speeches the world has ever witnessed, yet you will never have the chance

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