Aim High; Never Give Up

Gary Lee Webb, DTM Waco Wordsmiths Waco, Texas Toastmasters has taught me that I am capable of far more than I ever dreamed. It took me 15 months to do my first 10 speeches. This year, I expect to complete 27 speeches by Christmas. Now, I speak on average more than once per week. Five years ago, I would not have even considered being a leader. At best, I was a good follower. Now, I know I can step into leadership roles and excel. Past success helps me know I can do it again and again. Simple, successful equation: Toastmasters =...

Encouraging Encounters

Mittie Blackburn, ACS, ALB Clearly Speaking Toastmasters Abilene, Texas Toastmasters helped me become a much better encourager. Now, I motivate by encouragement rather than criticism. I still point out areas for improvement, but sandwiched between praise (like evaluations). I attended the Spring 2011 Conference after accepting a leadership role. There, I went to a presentation about changing your mindset. I purchased the book offered. “Aha” moment: Now, this book is prompting me to change my entire life. What a benefit! “I am much better at thinking before I speak, and planning what to say in an effective and meaningful way.”  ...

Motorcycle Club Motivation

Larry Harmon, CC, ALB Connection Communicators Irving, Texas I joined Toastmasters not long after I became the president of my motorcycle club. Leadership skills were lacking, especially in getting my point across and organizing my thoughts. Once, several members left before the meeting was over. My manager recommended Toastmasters. After joining Toastmasters, my motorcycle club meetings were much smoother and on time. Driving excellence: Setting the example lets those following you know that you would not expect them to do anything that you would not be willing to do. “Competing in the speech contests has given me lots of joy. I...

UTA Toastmasters Off to a Great Start!

We’re excited to get our new banner. We’ve had lots of Ice Breaker speeches and are enjoying getting to know everyone and learn our roles. We’re looking forward to meeting other district Toastmasters at officer training. We really appreciate how supportive the district has been! Louis Burns UTA Toastmasters by Jodie Sanders

Bring Darren to Fort Worth!

Darren LaCroix I want to let you know about Darren LaCroix’s contest: Bring Darren to (Your City). In our case, FORT WORTH! Darren is the Toastmasters International 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking and a top speaker coach. I have started a page called Bring Darren to Fort Worth. All you need to do is go to the Facebook page and click the Like button. Is there a cost? Nope. Darren will buy his plane ticket and there is no charge for the event. We just need to find a room for the event. (See guidelines below.) When would the workshop...

January Anniversaries

These clubs are celebrating an anniversary in January: 4963 Weatherford Club January 1, 1987 6810 Bell Helicopter Club January 1, 1988 8055 Las Colinas Communicators Club January 1, 1991 2278 Microsoft LC Toastmasters January 1, 1995 1912 Grace Club January 1, 1996 6497 Phi Rappa Yappa January 1, 1997 8474 First Command Club January 1, 2000 4236 Southlake Evening Toastmasters January 17, 2003 1429458 Technology Toasters January 20, 2010 633836 Speakers Exchange January 23, 2004 1440249 Northwest Tarrant Toastmasters January 29, 2010 by Jodie Sanders

A Perfect 10 at TLI

Saturday, December 10th Toastmasters Leadership Institute at Texas Wesleyan University offers a Perfect 10 in educational and leadership growth sessions! Not only can all incoming Club Officers attend designated training to learn about their new roles, but 10 (ten!!) elective classes will warm up a cold winter’s day and send you away enlightened and empowered! Advanced Leadership Training:For those who have served in their elected office previously, we offer a great alternate leadership class with motivational speaker and personal growth coach Aldean Pearson. You’ll be REDEFINING LEADER in this advanced class. Here Come de Judge!WE WANT YOU for contest judge/chief judge duty! (Hey, you could...

A Season for Giving

Conference photos: Amelinda Salas any people think of the holiday season as a time of giving and receiving gifts. For myself, I am thinking of the gifts we have received from those who “Let It Shine” during the recent District 25 Fall Conference. Each member of the Conference Committee did his or her best so that our members could come together to celebrate a time of enlightened learning, sparkling competition, glittering celebration, and golden reflection. A well-organized conference seems to be an almost seamless creation, a beautifully wrapped present for us to enjoy. The casual observer might not realize the...

The Power of Your Light

Image: think4photop / FreeDigitalPhotos.net Our District theme this year has been “Let It Shine!” What a great time of year to reflect on light and how to let that light shine. During this holiday season many countries and cultures celebrate with lights. Lights from stars, candles, lamps, and lanterns have symbols and history with many different meanings. All remind us of the importance of light. Here is a quote from Marianne Williamson: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us....