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Skills I learned at Toastmasters that forever altered my life!

Written by May Ghali, DTM (Edited by Rev. Garrett A. Foster) Toastmasters is a nonprofit organization which empowers its members to develop communication and leadership skills through sharing our experiences and stories. Those skills improve personal growth and self-confidence. Four years ago, I joined a local Toastmasters club, began attending weekly meetings, and pursued the…
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Make a Difference

by Gale West, DTM Who insisted that I come to this meeting? I really don’t remember who it was. But here I was in 2012 sitting next to a local attorney in the Board of Realtors meeting room listening to someone talking about Toastmasters. The attorney, who was the new President of the local Chamber,…
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Backstage with Crystal Berner, DTM

Competing is all about growth. Notice how I didn’t say that “winning is all about growth.”   As most of us know, Toastmasters is a safe, fun environment to set communication/leadership goals, and of course, see them achieved or even exceeded. When I started in Toastmasters in February 2012, I had no idea how much…
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Backstage with Jim Simms, DTM

My Toastmaster Journey – How I Learned To Pause By Jim Simms, DTM The actor Kyle Chandler said, Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.” Toastmasters is an opportunity to make a powerful difference when those positive voices – Beat the Door Down! I never heard of Toastmasters until…
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The Secret Sauce to Building Club Membership!

How come some clubs don’t struggle with membership? Isn’t that the sixty-four thousand dollar question! Wouldn’t we all like to know! Rarely does anyone ever try to answer this question with anything other than opinion or speculation. Where are the metrics? There must be something quantifiable! As the Public Relations Manager for District 48, I…
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Do You Want to Create a Facebook Page for Your Club?

Creating a Facebook page is a fantastic idea because Facebook not only allows you to share photos of your club meetings, but it permits you to tag your club members into those photos and get the word out about the amazing things that are happening in your Toastmasters club. I’m going to walk you through how…
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The Trick to Making Facebook Posts Work for Your Club

Do You Want More Club Members? Add a Facebook Photographer to Your Meeting Roles! Here’s an idea about how you can create more interest and more guests visiting your Toastmasters club using Facebook. If you’ve never used Facebook, don’t worry! I’ll be explaining to you exactly how to do it… the step-by-step. 01 The first step of…
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Facebook Page vs Facebook Group: Which One Should You Use?

Here’s the long and short of it: If you want to have one spot to share posts from a business or organization, make a Business Page. If you want a place that people can connect together and have discussions, create a Facebook Group. As most of us know one-size does not fit all. You can…
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Backstage with Alan Black

By Alan Black I’d heard about Toastmasters for 30 years but procrastinated about joining. After I moved to Florida, I commented that I’d always wanted to be a Toastmaster. My friends said, “Then why don’t you!” The next day, our local newspaper did a story on Venice Toastmasters and their upcoming Open House. I attended…
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