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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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It’s Time to Shine!

Mary Walker brought this poster that was made by her students to the conference. I thought it was appropriate for this article. I hope that each of you has let your light shine throughout this Toastmaster year.  Perhaps this was stepping outside your comfort zone to be a club officer for the first time, competing...

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What Do You Need to Do to Be Distinguished?

“Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.”   —Arnold H. Glasgow What does your club need to do to be Distinguished or better? Remember when our Toastmaster year began on July 1, 2011 and we put together our club success plans to ensure that we knew who was going to complete their...

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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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District 25 Goes on a “Lark”

    The word “lark” is defined as “a carefree or spirited adventure.” Lark Doley, Region 3 Advisor Marketing, came to District 25 on March 9-10. Lt. Governor Marketing Dean Lampman and I had an adventure-filled two days with her. Lark has been an inspiration to all the Region 3 districts. She was the first...

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A Reflection for the New Year

Shine a little brighter in 2012! The New Year is a time to reflect and recommit. As a Toastmaster, Club Officer, or District Leader, let’s do just that so we will shine a little brighter! What were our goals as we began our 2011-2012 Toastmaster year? Perhaps as a member it was to complete that...

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To Infinity and Beyond!

Our new International tag line asserts, “Toastmasters: Where Leaders Are Made.” But does leadership just happen? We all know that the best way to learn leadership skills is by doing, not by reading a book or an article, no matter how enlightening it may be. Those interested in developing leadership skills should begin by taking...

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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....

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A Personal Invitation to Conference

We have an incredible opportunity for members of District 25 to learn, grow, celebrate our member and club successes, visit with Toastmaster friends, build new friendships and have lots of fun! That opportunity is the District 25 Fall Conference – November 18-19, Sheraton DFW Airport Hotel, Irving. Our theme:  “Let It Shine!” The events are...