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Story Telling with Dr. Camille Kraeplin
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Story Telling with Dr. Camille Kraeplin

by Cassie Bullock, member Arlington Nooners The D25 Speakers Bureau recently had the honor of participating in a Story Telling Workshop with Dr. Kraeplin. Thank you, Calvin Dorsey, who leads the Speakers Bureau, for making the experience possible. We learned the power and impact of stories — from stories. Dr. Kraeplin kicked off the workshop by quoting...

More Toastmasters Rust…
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More Toastmasters Rust…

by Richard Brown, DTM – Club 305, Wichita Falls If you’re like me, you’ll agree mentoring and evaluations are very important in Toastmasters to develop our communication and leadership skills. Many years ago, my very first Toastmasters club was in Lafayette, Louisiana. How I appreciated — as a new member of that club — the...

A Plinth in the Corner
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A Plinth in the Corner

by Dr. Prince Motiani, DTM When I set out to conceive this article, I was thinking about you. What would be valuable for you to take away from this little… let’s call it a blurb. I gave myself a Table Topic. In my life as a Toastmaster, I’ve come up with two fundamental techniques of...

Reflections on Toastmasters International Convention 2021
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Reflections on Toastmasters International Convention 2021

by Ninfa Flewitt DTM District Director The second virtual convention of Toastmasters International took place in August, and your Trio was fully present for the Opening Ceremony, education sessions, business meeting, contests, and candidate showcase.  Much work went into this event, and it was evident! Toastmasters International changed the platform this year to create a...

Community Leader Speaker Series
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Community Leader Speaker Series

by Sallie Spradlin Jett VPPR – San Angelo Toastmasters Are you looking for a strategy that may help your club grow its membership? I want to share with you an initiative our club launched this summer called the Community Leader Speaker Series. HERE’S THE BACK STORY… After I did my officer training this past spring...

Honoring  Wally Funk: An American Space Pioneer
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Honoring Wally Funk: An American Space Pioneer

by Ankur Bora Life is an endless unfolding, an endless process of self-discovery, and an endless dialogue. It is built out of the experience of humankind. One must only listen. The ingredients are there. Put them together and a beautiful story is created — or if you are a Toastmaster, a memorable speech! In 1961,...

2021 International Convention – Stage Presence Track, ROCK Your Presentation
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2021 International Convention – Stage Presence Track, ROCK Your Presentation

by Bob Conrad ACG President World Renowned Grand Prairie Toastmasters Let me start off by saying this was the best $25 I’ve ever spent in Toastmasters. I’ve physically attended two International Conventions and found the presenters excellent. This was my first hybrid TMI conference and it was well worth the money. I was able to...

Maximize Your Toastmaster Experience
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Maximize Your Toastmaster Experience

By Calvin Dorsey, DTM and Chair D25 Speakers Bureau Other than a billion dollars, what does Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame have that you can acquire for just $90 a year? The answer is confidence. Not just epistemic confidence — a feeling of certainty about your skills and your knowledge — I’m talking about social...

Steve Jobs, Mindfulness, and The Making of a Great Speech
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Steve Jobs, Mindfulness, and The Making of a Great Speech

by Ankur Bora I recently delivered a speech at Toastmasters about Steve Jobs. As a nineteen-year-old teenager he went to India and discovered a book Autobiography of a Yogi. Through the teachings in that book, Steve Jobs learned to stay focused and unshaken when facing major events or difficulties. As I researched and dived deeper...