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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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Finding Her Own Voice

Developing the confidence to be alone in a new world as told by Jacobina Trump I came to the U.S. from the Netherlands in 1995. Although the Dutch people speak English fairly well, I never felt at ease having a conversation with strangers. I would often feel their impatience when I was looking for words,…
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From Introvert to Social Butterfly

A story of transformation as told by Jon Beiler My brother and I began operating our family auto repair business after graduating from high school in 1982. I was the lead technician. My brother was the service writer and handled the customers. I liked it that way. I didn’t want to talk to people. I…
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Regaining the Wind in My Sails

A story of a mid-life transformation as told by Dr. Cynthia Long I lost my best friend on December 30, 2008. He had been battling illness for over 28 years and finally ended the struggle on a gloomy, gray morning. I often tell others: “It’s the journey that is important, not the destination.” But how…
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Creating Leaders Through Speech Contests

By:  David Gosnell, DTM, District Chief Judge We are in the middle of the fall contest season, and most Clubs have completed their contests. Area and Division Directors are planning and scheduling their contests. And the four District contests will all be held at the District Conference in May. Whether you’re a Club VPE, an…
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How to Use Zoom Breakout Rooms

By David Gosnell, DTM Zoom Breakout Rooms In Zoom, the host can create up to 50 breakout rooms for use by different groups of participants. This document describes how these rooms can be used to facilitate Toastmasters speech contests. Zoom has provided general training videos and articles about the basics of breakout rooms, including how…
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2020: Achievement Against All Odds

By: Robin Riddell, DTM, Public Relations Manager June 1, 2020, marked the sunset of the Toastmasters’ legacy education program. It is a date we have known about for a few years. For those of us who believed achieving Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) was within our reach, the deadline to achieve this worthwhile goal became our driving…
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