Public relations

The Clarion is out !

The Clarion, the newsletter of our Toastmasters district (District 59 – continental Europe) is out.

You will find an interview of Pat Johnson, the Canadian worldwide president of Toastmasters International, an article about the why, what and how of leadership, as well as some pictures of the latest district convention in Lissabon. A really interesting edition !

Public relations miscellaneous

Our club was mentioned in an article of the “Stuttgart Citizen” about communities in which people can get involved in the Stuttgart region.

Thanks to Howard, our former Sergeant at arms for having advertised for the club !

June edition of the Clarion

The Clarion is the newsletter of the district 59 Toastmasters. The June edition was just published.

Article from the Filder zeitung

Interview of Gisela

After the interview of Olivier, we have interviewed Gisela, one of the most senior members of our club and holding the officer role of treasurer.

Stuttgart International Toastmasters Club: Could you introduce yourself to our readers?
Gisela: I was born into a middle-class family in Passau where my father worked as a lawyer. After leaving grammar school I found a job as an au pair girl in London. That was the time when I discovered my love for the English language. After taking my degree in English and Geography I taught those subjects at various grammar schools in Bonn and in Böblingen for 35 years. I loved my job, although teaching unruly children can be very straining being the head of the language department was not much easier either. When in the year 2000 I was sent into retirement that I had more spare time.That is why I looked for an opportunity to speak English and found it with Toastmasters.

SITC: Who told you about Toastmasters?
Gisela: A former colleague told me about Toastmasters. I accompanied her to a meeting and liked it.

SITC: What do you like best at Toastmasters?
Gisela: I like the mix of people best in our club, its international character and the fact that people from all walks of life meet there.

SITC: What were your expectations when you joined the club?
Gisela: All my life I had had problems to overcome my nervousness when speaking in public. This was my chance to learn how to overcome it.

SITC: Have you made progress? In which field?
Gisela: Yes, I have made progress. I am still not completely relaxed whenever I speak in public, but I am much less nervous now. In the field of leadership there was not so much need for improvement because I had practised those  skills daily at school.

SITC: Do you have an example of a situation in your personal or professional life when your Toastmaster skills were helpful?
Gisela: Time and again I can use my toastmaster approach of expressing my thoughts from a positive point of view e.g. telling my private students what they have done well or negotiating over money with the IBMKlub treasurer.

SITC: What do you think is required to become a successful Toastmaster?
Gisela: Becoming a successful Toastmaster requires a lot of practice. I think that also attending the meetings regularly and taking over roles is of great importance.

SITC: Which officer roles have you held so far?
Gisela: I started as Sergeant of Arms, continued as VPEducation for several years and was President twice.

SITC: Which role did you like best?
Gisela: I liked the role of VPEducation best because I like organising and I want to make sure that our club is successful for the good of all of us.

SITC: What would you tell a person reading this article hesitating  to come to a meeting?
Gisela: I would tell that person to come and see what our meetings are like. Furthermore I would explain how much more I could have profited in my work if I had heard of Toasters earlier.

Thank you Gisela for this wonderful interview !

Newspaper article in the “Filder-Zeitung”

A journalist from the Filder-Zeitung, which is the local supplement of the Stuttgarter Nachrichten, came to our Area F1 contest. She has written an article about our club and about the contest.

Again, this will hopefully raise the awareness around Toastmasters in the region around Stuttgart

Newspaper article in the Sindelfinger Zeitung / Böblinger Zeitung

A few weeks ago, we have had the pleasure to welcome a journalist from the Sindelfinger Zeitung / Böblinger Zeitung as guest.

He has written an article about our Toastmasters club. A printed version of the article was also published.

This will hopefully make more people aware of the existence of our club and of the benefits they can get from the Toastmasters experience.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a great year in 2010.

We look forward to seeing you all giving speeches, reaching your objectives and having fun !

See you on January 7th for our first meeting. Please contact our VP of education to volunteer for a role at our next meeting. Roles are filling up fast!!!

The officers of the Stuttgart International Toastmasters Club

New poster to hang

We want to advertise for our club and gain new members. To reach this goal, we have created a new poster you can easily hang at the office or somewhere else to promote our club.

It just takes 5 minutes to print the poster and hang it on a pin board.  Help us to spread the word !