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From Silenced to Storyteller

Jaleh Siyan found her voice (again) through Toastmasters Growing up in Iran, there were no opportunities for children and teenagers to speak publicly. However, as a child, I was privileged to find that opportunity in the Baha’i faith where I developed my confidence as a speaker. Leaving my home country at age 22 and moving…
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It’s All Greek to Me

Making new friends across the globe as told by Virginia Papadopoulos I have been a Toastmaster since 2016. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Toastmasters clubs around the world quickly took their club meetings virtual. I began visiting clubs around the world. The first club I attended was Toastmasters of Kifissia, a suburb of Athens, Greece.…
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Facing My Fear of Public Speaking Unleashed New Possibilities

  How Toastmasters led to personal growth and career recognition as told by Dr. Hannah Lonsdale Imagine this… You’ve been invited to speak about your cutting-edge research at an important conference. It’s a huge opportunity. You spend weeks thinking about what you’re going to say and preparing yourself. Its finally time to speak. You hop…
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From Professional Speaker to Pro

A story of professional growth as told by Nancy Gonzalez I have discovered that it doesn’t matter how much you know, there’s always more to learn. My Toastmasters journey began two years ago. I had been speaking for several years and thought I could pick up some pointers in a few meetings and go on…
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That Voice!

Who is that silky voice behind the open and close of the District 48’s new television commercials? When I called upon my peers for their recommendations of a member to do the voice-overs for our television commercials, the recommendations were unanimous. Meet Bill Moravec. Bill is a retired schoolteacher who grew up in the Tampa…
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This Guy

Meet the guy working behind the scenes to produce District 48’s new TV commercials… One of the most outstanding Toastmasters I have ever met is Bob Turel. I met Bob at various club meetings in and around St. Pete and quickly appreciated his presentation style, but what really impressed me was his evaluations. Bob is…
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I Became a Voice for my Community

Developing skills for today’s work-from-home environment as told by Michelle Borders In June 2019, I was asked to become a member of the Naples Chamber Board of Directors to represent the majority of their members who are Small Business Owners. It was then that I joined Toastmasters with the personal goal of increasing my self-confidence…
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Mentors: Leading the Way

From shy to confident, a story of developing leadership skills by Patti Hansen When I joined Toastmasters 10 years ago, I could not have foreseen the improvements I would have in my work and home life. My life is exponentially better because I am a Toastmaster. I work in the free dental clinic of a…
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Overcoming Limiting Beliefs

A story of how following intuition and taking action led to personal success by Rafeea Roche   My name is Rafeea Roche. I am the creator of The Lifestyle Exchange Co. in Tampa and the owner of Spectacular Creations LLC in South Florida. I am an Intuitive Mindset Life Coach. I teach my clients how…
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From Afflicted to Effective Communicator

The story of a life-saving transformation as told by Beverly Plant I was born with a neurological disorder which made talking coherently challenging. I was difficult to understand and it affected my life adversely. I read an article in a local newspaper about a 6-week Toastmasters boot camp and I was intrigued. What did I…
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