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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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Backstage with Khalid Amin, DTM

By Khalid Amin, DTM THE OUTLIER FACTOR! I have been taking part in contests since I joined Toastmasters in 2005. The reason was that my first and best mentor ever TM Rehna Pinto told me that contests are the fastest path to one’s growth not only as a speaker but also as a leader. I…
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Backstage with Calvin Duncan, DTM

By Calvin Duncan: excerpted from his personal journal entry… 2017 Toastmasters International Semi-Final competition for the World Championship of Public Speaking®, Vancouver, Canada   Day before contest – Contest Briefing It was nine of them. All nine different. Different names, different accents, and different genders. I introduced myself to everyone, took a group photo and…
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Backstage with Ted Shelly, DTM

By Ted Shelly, DTM | pictured with his guide dog Loretta I was only a Toastmaster for a few weeks when my club announced that there was going to be a speech contest, specifically a Tall Tales contest. I didn’t even know that Toastmasters did contests. But the other club members were very encouraging, so…
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Captain Obvious Takes on Table Topics

I hate to sound like Captain Obvious, but when we’re attending virtual meetings, it is all about the sights and sounds! That doesn’t have to be a bad thing. OK… we’ve all had our fair share of images we would like to unsee, but let’s not let that crush our creativity! Carpe Diem! Take advantage…
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