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A Cure for Mumbling

Say this 4 times in a row. Saying it faster each time:

‘Three free throws. ‘

It’s a workout for your whole mouth that should cure you of mumbling. This was one of  warmup exercises given to us by our Toastmaster of the evening, Debbie, to practice really using the power of our voice to enhance our speeches.

Delilah used her extremely polite voice and lovely British accent to explain the challenges of being polite. She delivered an entertaining speech with a message.

Axel and his “award”

Axel accepted the Golden Garden Gnome with grace, dignity and sincerity in his project “Accepting An Award”.  His deliberate slow pace of his speech conveyed dignity and appreciation. He also included colorful anecdotes when he thanked those who helped him achieve this award.  If Axel ever wins an Oscar, he will ace that thank you speech.

We also learned what does ‘Quality of Life’ mean for different members from different cultures, thanks to the good questions posed to us by our Table Topics Master, Malda.

It was a fun and educational  meeting and there is more to look forward to at our next meeting on October 9th. There will be another speech and an educational on giving speech evaluations.

Come join us!

Axel not showing so much “dignity” afterwards. :-))))

Success for our candidates at the Area Conference

On Saturday the Area Conference took place in Gostenhof in Nuremberg. All 6 Franconian clubs were represented: Bamberg, Erlangen, Nuremberg, Noris, Rhetoriker and Fränkly Speaking (our advanced club).

Over 30 toastmasters joined in for a fun afternoon with entertaining speeches and table topics. They chatted with the members of the other clubs over a cup of coffee and cake and cheered during the award ceremony.

Bamberg can be really proud of its two very successful candidates:

Frank and Lucie

Frank and Lucie

Frank came second in German AND English Table Topics and Lucie came first in the German Humorous Speech contest. Congratulations to both of them.

The contestants

The contestants receive their certificate of participation

Martha and Joanna from Noris Toastmasters enjoying coffee and cake

Have a look at all those happy faces. The next step will be the Division Conference on October 23rd in Augsburg, when all Toastmasters of Bavaria will meet for the next competition.

Bamberg Toastmasters’ first ever Club Contest

Our first ever Fall Contest took place at newly chartered Bamberg Toastmasters. We had candidates in 4 (in words FOUR) disciplines: Humorous Speech English and German & Table Topics English and German. Wow! Below you can see the winners from right to left: Neel (English Speech & Table Topic), Lucie (German Speech), Frank (German Table Topic) and the contest chair Alexandra.

Our contest winners

Congratulations! They will now go on to the next level at the Area Conference in Nuremberg on September 23rd. Please be there and support them. Entrance is free. We start at 1.30 pm. Please download the Agenda to find out more and get directions.

We also had 3 guests – all were duly impressed and will be back for more.
This was the first meeting in our new location – and it was blissfully quiet, there are lots of free parking spaces and it is close to the train station.

So what’s keeping you? Want to improve your public speaking? Join our next meeting on Sept. 25th at 7.30 pm.

Bamberg Toastmasters has moved to Stadtteilzentrum Starkenfeld

We have moved

We have moved!

Join us in our new quarters: Stadtteilzentrum Starkenfeld. Lot’s of advantages: close to the train station, easy to reach, calm and quiet – ideal for our needs. Here is how to find us:

See you all there for our Club Contest on the 11th September.

SUCCEEEEEEEEEESSSSS!

Pop the champagne – we are chartering. Now it is official: After just 4 months we have found 20 members for Bamberg Toastmasters! HORAY! We are over the moon as you can see in the picture!!!! We shall be graciously accepting your congratulations.

Bamberg Toastmasters over the moon!

Bamberg Toastmasters over the moon!

Courage

Courage

Courage was the title of Christina’s Ice Breaker speech at our meeting on June 26th.  She reminded me that courage is an essential ingredient for personal growth.

Christina inspired me with her speech where she talked about having the courage to journey across Chile on horseback. It turned out to be a life-changing experience.  After hearing her story I thought she shouldn’t be afraid of anything now. But she acknowledged that she had to call on her courage to stand in front our club to talk about herself in her first speech.

Marc, a guest from Nuremberg Toastmasters gave a speech on Communicating Change from the manual “Speeches By Management”. Marc challenged himself this year to complete 10 speeches and to compete in 2 speech contest at the district level. When you challenge yourself you can’t be afraid of failure. He had the courage to challenge himself and he succeeded!

On that evening Malda, Vera, Theresia and  Neel also joined Bamberg Toastmasters. Welcome everyone and congratulations on taking this courageous step.

Come visit us at our next meeting. Guests are always welcome.

Our Club is Blossoming

It’s thrilling to watch our club blossom.  At our last Monday meeting both our speakers were our very own Bamberg Toastmasters.  Usually a club depends on support from more established clubs in the area to fill the agenda.  We still welcome guests but it’s wonderful to see that we can support ourselves.

Bianca gave her Icebreaker speech. She took us along on her fascinating and humorous journey through 4 countries, 23 moves, 4 student permits, 1 Masters degree and a least 3 jobs.  That’s a lot experiences to pack into just 4 years!    Erik  explained to us how to write a short story in just 30 minutes. Not only that, he convinced us that we can do it. His closing was a call to action… ‘Just try it!’

In addition Matthias, another new member,  came in, sick as a dog, to give us his word of the day and apologize for not being able to stay. We were flabbergasted by his dedication and consideration for the club.

We are definitely growing strong roots.

Next week’s meeting will take place on Monday June 26th at 7:30.  Click here for the meeting agenda.

Come visit for a fun evening.

There’s no stopping us now…

We were the walking wounded but we were not to be stopped from coming  out to our club meeting on Monday May 22nd. Some of us were short on sleep  after the great weekend at the District 59 Conference in Berlin (see us on Facebook).    Our  slightly hobbling Toastmaster of the evening, Frank, aka Heliogabalus Morpheus, not only guided us through the meeting but also entertained us. (Notable was the useful pub trick involving a roll of toilet paper. A trick sure to impress and flummox your fellow pub patrons.)

We were treated to Matthias’ Ice Breaker speech. He chose to share with us a travel experience he had in New Zealand which transformed his outlook on life and his future.  It was a really impressive and engaging story. So much so that his evaluator, Heike, advised him to make it a part of his branding.

My speech project was from the Persuasive Speaking manual. My objective was  to motivate the club to create the ultimate learning zone for leadership and communication skills. The basis of the ideas came from Eduardo Briceno’s TED talk, How to Get Better at The Things You Care About. I  received excellent feedback from my evaluator Alexandra. In addition I received constructive feedback from all the other members. This valuable feedback and support of the members contributes to making a  Toastmasters club an ideal ‘Learning Zone’ that Briceno talks about.

That evening we were 18 all together.  Many of our  8 guests got to practice thinking on their feet in Table Topics.  At the beginning of the meeting we voted Matthias and Alexandra in as a members. At the end of the meeting Tina and Bianco joined the club.  Welcome Tina and Bianca.

Join us at our next meeting on Monday June 12.

 

 

Awesome!

Awesome was not only the Word of the Day, it also perfectly described our meeting on Monday night.

Nela as an awesome toastmaster of the evening

Nela as an awesome Toastmaster of the Evening

We started off with Table Topics where members were challenged to tell us the meanings of “eximious”, “prestantious”, “supernacular” and “deevy” in 2 minute impromptu speeches.  It was an entertaining display of quick thinking and creativity.  (Our Table Topics Master, Felix, taught us that “eximious”, “prestantious”, “supernacular” and “deevy” are practically synonyms for “awesome”).  Prestantious job by our Table Topics Master.

We had 2 eximious speeches. Both used storytelling effectively for different purposes. Liz used a story of her work experience to convince us that it’s important to let others fail if we want them to be successful.  Heike also engaged the audience in a personal story with a moral.

Storytelling is not just used for entertainment anymore. It has become a popular tool used these days. You can read a really  interesting article in the April Toastmaster Magazine where Google’s chief evangelist of branding, a Toastmaster himself, talks about the power of storytelling in his speeches to large audiences of 400 or more.

“[Toastmasters] has fundamentally pivoted my life and is one of the best investments I have made in my ­professional growth.”

GOPI KALLAYIL From Toastmaster Magazine April 2017

Awesome evening

Our newest member Alexandra

Our evening ended with the evaluation team giving their insightfully deevy feedback to all the speakers of the evening.
To top off this supernacular evening Alexandra became the newest member of Bamberg Toastmasters. Welcome Alexandra!

We  look forward to seeing all our members and guests at our next meeting on 22 May 2017.

A Meeting of ‘Firsts’

Our meeting on Monday April 24th was filled with Firsts.

Our first new member, Erik, delivered the Ice Breaker. This is the first speech members give at Toastmasters.  Erik took us along on a journey with his entertaining and insightful personal stories.

Ice Breaker Pin for Erik

Erik with his first Toastmasters award: the Ice Breaker Pin

We let our guests try their skills at impromptu speaking in  Table Topics. The Table Topics were also  filled with Firsts. We learned about the sad fate of Bianca’s first mobile phone; Azeem’s excitement on his first bike; and how Vera enjoyed her first paycheck.

In contrast to the firsts,  were were also treated to a speech delivered by one of the most experienced Toastmasters in the area, Morag.  She has probably done over 70 manual speeches. Her project was from the advanced manual, “Speaking on Video”. We watched  as she recorded a training  video on how to create a speech. Basically we were all learning from Morag as she was learning from doing this project.

At the end of the meeting we filled all the roles for the next meeting on May 8th. You can find the next meeting’s agenda here and see what you have to look forward to.

Come on out and  visit us.