07 Mar

Introducing the new PATHWAYS learning experience

“Everyone has inside of her/him a piece of good news. The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be, what you can accomplish, and what your potential is.” (Anne Frank)

We are happy to invite you to our next BASF Toastmasters meeting (12.03.2018) that will be devoted to presentation of a new Toastmasters educational program — the Pathways Learning Experience!  Special guest Lars Droege (official PATHWAYS ambassador) will present and answers all your questions concerning the new program.  PATHWAYS is designed to develop real-world, transferable skills in many different areas such as communication, leadership, management, strategic planning, service to others, public speaking and more.  It will be comprised of 10 paths and teach more than 300 unique competencies.

As you progress through PATHWAYS you will:

  • Practice and improve your communication and leadership skills.
  • Give speeches in your Toastmasters Club based on assignments in PATHWAYS.
  • Challenge yourself to build and refine certain competencies and skills.
  • Complete a range of projects that include persuasive speaking, motivating others, creating a podcast and leading a group in a difficult situation.

We will meet at 17:45h for a “Meet and Greet”, the meeting itself starts at 18:00h in Room 149 in the Building J660.

02 Jan

March 26, 2018, 17:45 - 19:30: Get to know Toastmasters!

Do you want to become a confident public speaker and strong leader? If so, Toastmasters is the place for you. You’ll find a supportive learn-by-doing environment that allows you to achieve your goals at your own pace. We invite you to visit us on March 26, 2018, 17:45 - 19:30. We would liket to explain the idea behind Toastmasters and show how you can improve your public speaking skills.

Join us as a guest at our regular club meeting held on site at BASF in Ludwigshafen. Most of our members are working at BASF, nevertheless BASF Toastmasters is open to everyone and has also external members. Please contact us in case you visit us for the very first time!

28 Nov

December 2017: “Winterdorf” & White Elephant Gift Exchange

Dear colleagues and fellow Toastmasters,
in December we will meet for a glas of hot spiced wine in the “Winterdorf” at Rhein Galerie. A doodle survey to find a date / time for as many as possible will be sent out soon.
On our last Toastmasters meeting on Mon 11th December we will have a White Elephant Gift Exchange​. This funny part of our last session in 2017 has become a nice tradition.
Looking forward to see you all in December and again in the new year!
15 Jul

Toastmasters BBQ @ Mannheim Luisenpark, 24 July 2017

Dear Toastmasters & Friends,
we cordially invite you, your partner & family, friends and colleagues to our “Summer Outdoor Event” at Mannheim’s Luisenpark on Monday, 24 July 2017 at 18.15 hrs.

We will meet at the BBQ area which is shown as No. 40 on the Luisenpark map. Please bring the culinary BBQ (meat, sausages, vegetarian grill food) for your own. We will send out a list for those who also want to bring a salad, bread, cakes etc. for the group

In a relaxed atmosphere with nice people and, hopefully, wonderful weather(1), we can practise our new skills:

  • the Toastmaster will become the BBQ-Master;
  • the word of the day will change to the drink of the day;
  • instead of the ah-Counter we have a “who-spoke-with-full-mouth counter”;
  • additional feedback to the food, drinks, location.

Certainly we will have a most enjoyable evening — we do hope that you will have time to come along and have fun with us. Please accept Harald Bührer’s invitation (or use our contact form) by Thursday, 20 July 2017.

The event will take place however bad the weather may be, let’s carry the sunshine in our hearts! Nevertheless Luisenpark also offers some sheltered places. There is a fee of 1,50 EUR to enter Luisenpark after 18:00.




photo: 767655 / kl.ai / pixelio.de

23 Apr

Toastmasters Division Contest in spring 2015: The best speakers from the southwest meet near Ludwigshafen

 From Freiburg to Frankfurt and from Ramstein to Reutlingen – on May 02, 2015, the best speakers of Toastmasters Division F meet in Mannheim. Winners of the previous Area contests compete against each other in the categories “International Speech” and “Evaluation speech”. The champions can proceed to Borås / West Sweden and present their speeches from 22.05–24.05 at the District Conference (D95, Europe North / East).

All those who are already member of a Toastmasters club or perhaps would like to be, are  cordially invited to the event. It is an excellent way to get to know what Toastmasters provides: brilliant rhetoric, a warm and friendly atmosphere, inspiring exchange with others and know-how in leadership and organization. A buffet and drinks will be served. The event takes place at venue:
Buergerhaus Neckarstadt-West,
Lutherstr. 15-17, 68169 Mannheim.

For more information:

20 Jul

The new (Toastmasters-)kid on the block

In September 2013 a group of BASF employees started to have Toastmasters meetings at The Chemical Company. Thanks to the support of the established Clubs Mannheim International Toastmasters, Rhetorikclub Mannheim and Heidelberg International Toastmasters from the very beginning professional meetings could take place. In June 2014 BASF Toastmasters was officially chartered as a regular club, the only “Company Club” of Toastmasters in Germany at the moment. From now on every member will benifit from all the advantages that the organisation of Toastmasters International can offer.

BASF_TM_club_board_2014-07_web Leading BASF Toastmasters in 2014|2015 (left to right): Martin, Gabriela, Joanna, Hye-Jin (VP Membership until Oct 2014), Subhi, Ben, Nok-Young.

Club Executive Committee, feel free to contact usª:

President: Martin Ernst
VP Education: Subhamoy Bhattacharya
VP Membership: Kathrin Isenbügel
VP Public Relations: Joanna Martyna Krawczyk
Club Secretary: Gabriela Fonseca
Treasurer: Nok-Young Choi
Sergeant at Arms: Ben Kan
Immediate Past President: —

ªAccess to BASF intranet required, alternatively use the contact form.


15 Jul

Joke of the Evening — present it in comedy style!

The “Joke of th Evening” is part of most Toastmasters meetings. It’s an oportunity to train your skill in providng BASF Toastmasters Germany presentation joke fun comedy blog public speaking formulahumor to the audience. Many jokes consist of one finishing punchline. At BASF Toastmasters we recently had a different kind of presentation. Kathrin Isenhuegel, members of our BASF Toastmasters, presented a joke in comedy style with contradicting comparisons about everyday people where the audience saw themselves in both, the set-up and the punch lines.

Two new additions to the periodic table of elements

Element Name: WOMANIUM
Symbol: WO
Atomic Weight: (don’t even go there)
Physical properties: Generally soft and round in form. Boils at nothing and may freeze any time. Melts when treated properly. Very bitter if not used well.
Chemical properties: Very active. Highly unstable. Possesses Strong affinity with gold, silver, platinum, and precious stones. Violent when left alone. Able to absorb great amounts of exotic food. Turns BASFTM_20140714_Chem_Original_689471Tim Reckmann_pixelio-deslightly green when placed next to a better specimen.
Usage: Highly ornamental. An extremely good catalyst for dispersion of wealth. Probably the most powerful income reducing agent known.
Caution: Highly explosive in inexperienced hands!

Element Name: MANIUM
Symbol: XY
Atomic Weight: (180 +/- 50)
Physical properties: Solid at room temperature, but gets bent out of shape easily. Fairly dense and sometimes flaky. Difficult to find a pure sample. Due to rust, aging samples are unable to conduct Electricity as easily as younger samples.
Chemical properties: Attempts to bond with WO any chance it can get. Also tends to form strong bonds with itself. Becomes explosive when mixed with KD (Element: CHILDIUM) for prolonged periods of time. Neutralize by saturating with alcohol.
Usage: None known. Possibly good methane source. Good samples are able to produce large quantities on command.
Caution: In the absence of WO, this element rapidly decomposes and begins to smell.

sources: http://www.jokebuddha.com, Tim Reckmann / pixelio.de