The 21 Benefits of Being a Toastmaster

Just a simple enumeration: Communication skills – communication is a catalyst for change. Communication allows people to express what they want. Communication skills give you power to direct those you have influence over and to persuade those who have influence over you. TM is all about communication. Organization skills – organization allows an individual or group to accomplish a task in less time and more effectively for greater results or more profit. When thoughts are organized, actions can be decisive and procedure is clear. TM develops organization

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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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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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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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