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Toastmasters Really Does Make a Difference

Jacquelyn Martin Do you ever wonder just how much you are getting out of your Toastmasters experience? It may be much more than you realize. I have been attending a business resource group for the past few months. The leader of the group did a good job of keeping the meeting moving and on target....

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Challenge Yourself to be an Officer

In a recent Toastmaster magazine article, Immediate Past International President Pat Johnson is quoted as saying that we take on roles in Toastmasters not because we can do them, but because we can learn to do them. We join Toastmasters to challenge ourselves and the basic Toastmasters meeting provides some opportunity. However, before long we get into the routine...

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Are Your Meetings Engaging?

  I keep hearing that each Toastmasters meeting must be high quality; that it must engage each member and guest. What exactly does this mean? The word “engage” means “to be involved with.” How does this translate to providing a high-quality meeting? I believe we can break it down this way: Enthusiasm – Being enthusiastic comes...

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Looking For a New Club

There are many reasons to look for a new club. Maybe you want an additional club for more speaking opportunities or an advanced club to improve your skills. For me, because of a change in my work location, it was no longer feasible to continue in my old club. Here are some easy steps to...

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Speaking Tips for Beginners

  Here are a few ideas gleaned from my 35 years of Toastmasters experience. Start by speaking about your passions. My first 10 speeches were on compost. Share your passion with others. This will improve your confidence because you are sharing a subject with which you are familiar and one that matters to you. It...

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If You Only Show Up

    In my opinion, the most important marketing tool a Toastmasters club has is a high-quality meeting. High-quality meetings result in members renewing and bringing guests who are likely to join. Obviously, the first requirement for a high-quality meeting is to have any meeting. It follows that cancelling a meeting is usually a mistake, and I...

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How I Select a Speech Topic

Gary Lee Webb As of the Fall 2011 Conference, I have now done 96 original speeches, 24 since 1 July 2011. The question was recently asked: How do I come up with so many topics? The answer is simple – Everything is a potential topic. Even boring things can be turned into a great speech with a...