2017/18 EOTY Newsletter

The END OF TOASTMASTER YEAR is fast approaching! We take this opportunity to look back at some of the things that Drummoyne Toastmasters has been involved in.

We have many things to celebrate at Drummoyne Toastmasters!! Here are some of our club member’s achievements!  Please click on the links for more information.
   

Member News

  • This year, we had an influx of new talent with each of our new members presenting their Ice Breaker Speeches with the stage presence of seasoned Toastmasters!

A huge welcome to our newest members: Sam, Alex, Emma, Lily, Lynette, and Suzy!

Marjorie was also voted unanimously as our club’s 1st Honorary Member.You are a perfect example of what we can do after retirement – keep our minds sharp and continue to contribute at Toastmasters!You are an inspiration to us all!

Our existing members, along with our new members, have now enrolled into Pathways. This means that 76% of our club is directly on track with their chosen courses. We are sure to get more variety in our meetings as each member follows their own chosen pathway!

 

Guest Speakers

  • Matt Tonkiss – Distrtict 70 International Speech Winner
  • Kingi Biddle – Keynote Speaker at the District 70 Semi-Annual Conference

 

This Year’s Club Representatives

 

Examples of Where Toastmasters Can Take You

For those who have wondered where Toastmasters can help you in your career or lifestyle choices, let us introduce you to 4 Toastmasters who have taken what they have learned at Toastmasters to the next level:

  • Gabriella Kovac – author and one of our members who is currently speaking in front of various audiences promoting her book, Georgina: Holocaust Memoirs
  • Kingi Biddle, QSM – Key Note & Motivational Speaker, Maori Elder
  • Douglas Kruger, CSP – International Speaker and Business Author
  • Nalraj Arunasalam, DTM – businessman, philanthropist and Toastmasters’ 2017-2018 International President

 

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Why Toastmasters?

The proven way to help you speak and lead.

28_ClubMeetingsCongratulations – you’re on your way to becoming a better communicator and leader! Toastmasters International, founded in 1924, is a proven product, regarded as the leading organization dedicated to communication and leadership skill development. As a member, you will gain all the tools, resources and support you need.

Through its worldwide network of clubs, Toastmasters International helps people communicate effectively and achieve the confidence to lead others. Why pay thousands of dollars for a seminar or class when you can join a Toastmasters club for a fraction of the cost and have fun in the process?

What’s in it for you?

Toastmasters is a place where you develop and grow – both personally and professionally. You join a community of learners, and in Toastmasters meetings we learn by doing. Whether you’re an executive or a stay-at-home parent, a college student or a retiree, you will improve yourself; building skills to express yourself in a variety of situations. You’ll open up a world of new possibilities: giving better work presentations; leading meetings – and participating in them – more confidently; speaking more smoothly off the cuff; even handling one-on-one interactions with family, friends and colleagues more positively.

How does it work?

02_Evaluations_LRThe environment in a Toastmasters club is friendly and supportive. Everyone at a Toastmasters meeting feels welcome and valued – from complete beginners to advanced speakers. In a club meeting, you practice giving prepared speeches as well as brief impromptu presentations, known as Table Topics. There is no rush and no pressure: The Toastmasters program allows you to progress at your own pace.

Constructive evaluation is central to the Toastmasters philosophy. Each time you give a prepared speech, an evaluator will point out strengths as well as suggest improvements. Receiving – and giving – such feedback is a great learning experience. In Toastmasters, encouragement and improvement go hand-in-hand.

Good leaders are good communicators

Anyone who is a strong leader has to first be an effective communicator. In Toastmasters you will hone your speaking skills, and you will develop leadership abilities – through evaluations, listening, mentoring, serving as club officers and filling roles in club meetings. You will take those leadership skills out into the world, running businesses, mentoring youths, organizing fund-raisers, coaching teams and heading up families.


 

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