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Lessons Learned and Reinforced
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Lessons Learned and Reinforced

by Bob Beideck As the Spring 2018 Conference Chair, I learned a lot. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. This is one of the hardest things, especially since I like to be independent, but it’s impossible to do everything yourself and you take away learning opportunities from others. Trust the people that you picked,...

D25 Spring Conference 2018: A First Timer’s Experience
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D25 Spring Conference 2018: A First Timer’s Experience

by Melissa Southerland A low hum of conversation surrounds you. Excitement is in the air. The District 25 2018 Spring Conference has arrived! You nervously walk up to the first timers table and are cheerfully greeted by Amanda Vasquez. “Great to see you! Her exhilarating demeanor makes you even more enthusiastic about the adventure that...

My Service Journey
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My Service Journey

by Les Condit, DTM Toastmasters has helped me to be a better speaker and to learn new leadership skills that are necessary to be successful in working with a volunteer type organization. I admit that when I became an Area Director it was because it was something that I needed in order to meet the...

Being an Area Contest Chair
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Being an Area Contest Chair

by Michael Duckworth Area 53 Tall Tales and International Speech Contest As a new (less than one year) member of Toastmasters, I was honored to be asked to chair the Area 53 Tall Tales and International Speech Contest on March 10th. There are many details involved in presenting a successful speech contest. However, the outline...

Greg Pick: My Service Journey
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Greg Pick: My Service Journey

It took me nine years to become an Area Director. By the time I made that decision, I understood the role of leadership – to serve others while accomplishing a mission. As individuals, we have many motivations for any endeavor we choose to do. One of my motivators is learning new things and becoming proficient...

International Toastmasters
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International Toastmasters

The other day I was visiting one of my area clubs. During the meeting the guests were introduced and low and behold there was an international toastmaster from India visiting the meeting. This person comes from a toastmaster family so while in the area he plans to attend this local meeting. He is already planning...

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A Day that Changed My Life

July 17, 2013.  The date isn’t important; it’s the events of that day that I will never forget because they changed my life. After months of anticipation, Nationstar Mortgage was hosting a Toastmasters Demo Meeting.  Over 50 interested employees had RSVP’d to the catered event.  Their eagerness to learn more was not the energy that...

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Being an Area Director

My term as Area 12 Director started with the District 25 training in July last summer at Still Water Lodge. I didn’t leave that retreat having every answer in the book, but I was equipped with the names of other Toastmasters who could offer help. Although my clubs were in Fort Worth and I live...