Know When to Take Charge

Karen Hagar, ACS, CL Fighter Enterprise Toastmasters Fort Worth, Texas People like to talk. I like to listen. Toastmasters is a safe and comfortable learning environment. My top-of-the-list benefit is the opportunity to meet people. Golden opportunity: Toastmasters is a family that exists because of the same interests of speaking in front of people, desire for professional growth, and stepping out of our comfort zone. “I am better equipped to know when to take charge of a situation that needs communication or a resolution. Knowing when to taking charge can save a meeting or a life.”       By...

A Virtually Seamless Collaboration

  On Monday, September 19, 2011, we had possibly a world-first in the history of Toastmasters — for sure, a first for all clubs involved. A joint meeting of three Toastmasters clubs using a video conferencing systems facility with members located in Irving, Texas (Connection Communicators Toastmasters), Atlanta, Georgia (Nokia Siemens Networks SpeechMasters ), and Redmond, Washington (Create WOW! Toastmasters). We all joined up in specifically-designed sound and video studios that provide real-time, eye-to-eye conferencing with outstanding audio and no perceived delay. Halo studios are connected by a dedicated network that enables any Halo studio to connect to any other Halo...

From Pen to Presentation

Julie Cosgrove, ATMB, CL Top Notch Toastmasters Fort Worth, Texas Years ago, as a budding author, I learned that being able to promote my writing is as important as my writing. At a writer’s conference, another writer I barely knew invited me to Toastmasters and told me how much it had helped her speaking in public and also on-the-fly with agents and editors. Prose to Pro: The next week, I experienced the professional warmth of Toastmasters. Now, three books later, I speak to women’s groups at least once a month all over Texas. “I’m no Beth Moore or Joyce Meyer—yet!...

Global Leadership, Global Impact

Maurice Taitt, DTM Thumbs Up Toastmasters Irving, Texas The Speech Evaluation process was instrumental in honing my speaking skills. Table Topics helped immensely in presenting hotel development projects to cities across the U.S.A. I needed to be prepared to answer questions of which I had no advance knowledge. Living, learning and leadership: I learned a lot from leaders who preceded me. I also learned how to encourage and motivate others to find their truest selves by looking deep within for hidden talents and abilities. “I am a citizen of three nations and the Toastmasters International convention is the only place...

A Life-Changing Moment

Jacqulyn Hudgins, ACS, ALS Out on the Town Toastmasters Fort Worth, Texas I realized I could not grow professionally without overcoming my fear of public speaking. Toastmasters has provided a safe and comfortable learning environment. I am now confident and prepared to speak publicly. Shining moment: I served as delegate at the Annual Meeting for a professional association. I spoke against a proposed amendment; it was defeated by a landslide. “I received many kudos from other attendees on my powerful message. I freely told everyone at the conference, ‘I owe it all to Toastmasters.’”       By Jodie Sanders

Better Communication Begins With Better Listening

Tara Sanger, ACB, ALB Shining Stars Toastmasters Irving, Texas Toastmasters has strengthened my communication skills both in and out of work. I have become a more effective leader due to increasing confidence and honing “off-the-cuff” thinking gained by serving Toastmasters in various roles. Networking goldmine: Toastmasters has been a great place to meet folks inside and outside of work. I’ve been exposed to various communication and leadership styles—ones I might not have been exposed to at work. “I have become a better communicator because I have learned to actively listen to others. In return, I have gained a better understanding...

Find Your Voice

Mary Walker, DTM Lakeside Toastmasters Lewisville, Texas For years, I sat in business meetings. I thought I had some great ideas for discussion but wasn’t comfortable speaking up. Toastmasters helped me to present my ideas. Exponential exposure: I am currently the chair of The Southwest Forum, a ten-state area in a professional association. Toastmasters has helped me speak at our conferences, chair business meetings and communicate better with the board members. “For people just starting their careers, now is the time to join Toastmasters and become an active member…This will help you in your family, community and work to be...

Career Builder

Ron Clark, DTM Denton Club and Speakers Exchange Denton & Fort Worth, Texas I joined my first Toastmasters Club in March 1977 after college graduation. Because I underperformed in school, I felt I could not compete with my fellow engineers on the job. Career advantage: Toastmasters helped to teach me soft skills. Purdue University says soft skills are the greatest skills a student can learn. I outperformed 90 percent of my peers by joining Toastmasters. “I am the national distributor for XLR8R Studios. I will be briefing Congress in late summer on our software. The earlier a person can join...

Enthusiasm Effervescence

  James Hansen, DTM Waco-Early Birds Club Waco, Texas Prior to Toastmasters, I had terrible self-confidence. I was a broken man. Toastmasters helped me find purpose and a reason to live. Now, I am a brand new person. Contagious caring: Every day I seek new challenges. I’m excited to face every new day. In fact, most people would call me “Mr. Enthusiasm.” “A Toastmasters experience is far more than learning communication and leadership skills; it changes lives!”         By Jodie Sanders

Take On Any Topic

Chuck Mencke, ACB, ALB Plus-Two and Top Notch Toastmasters Fort Worth, Texas Because of Toastmasters I am heading up projects at work that I never thought possible. I am learning to lead without thinking about “what’s in it for me.” I am becoming a much better overall individual willing to give more than I receive. “Flock” finder: In Toastmasters, I’m able to surround myself with like-minded individuals who have a positive influence on me. “Recently, our company president asked me about the status of a project that had been put on the “back-burner” several months ago. I gave him a...