05 Oct

October 28, 2019, 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 October 28, 2019, 17:45 - 19:30. No obligations — we just would like 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. A lot of our members are working at BASF, nevertheless BASF Toastmasters is open to everyone and has a number of external members. Please contact us in case you visit us for the very first time!

07 May

13 May 2019: The Art of Debating

In April and May 2019 we will host a series of special meetings that will boost your communication skills. For an extra portion of fun and learning join our activities that are creatively different from our well-known Toastmasters sessions.

Two debating teams will battle it out to convince the audience to support their view. Participate actively and train your argumentation skills in a constructive way.

The debate

  • To add more fun and spontaneity, topic of debate will be announced by TME/ debate host after the round table. Speakers then have 15 minutes to prepare, while the audience goes for a break/ listen to briefing.
  • Speakers will be briefed in detail (long) before the day of debate on the goals, formats, rules, guidelines etc.
  • For debater roles, priority will be given to members. Second-in-line are active guests.
  • During the 15 mins preparation, all materials are allowed (internet, newspaper, books etc.).
  • Debate starts with the host giving background info on the topic and introducing the speaker. Debate closes with the host summarising the points raised by speaker and asking the audience to vote for winning team and best speaker (please prepare some medals or certificates).
  • 4 minutes per speaker; In the 2nd and 3rd minute, speaker must accept at least one Point of Information POI
  • POI: Members from opposite team can ask a short question, question must be asked in max. 15 seconds (to seek clarification instead of being disruptive). Max. 2 POIs are allowed throughout duration of a speech, to ensure a good flow of speech.
  • Speakers’ roles:
    • Speaker 1, proposition: Intro, definitions, scope of debate, arguments 1,2…
    • Speaker 1, opposition: Counter arguments/ rebuttals, new arguments 1,2…
    • Speaker 2, pro: Counter arguments, new arguments 3,4…
    • Speaker 2, opp: Counter arguments, new arguments 3,4…
    • Speaker 3, pro: Counter arguments, wrap up (no new arguments)
    • Speaker 3, opp: Counter arguments, wrap up (no new arguments)

http://basf-toastmasters.com/spring-into-action/
http://tmclub.eu/viewagenda_mobile.php?c=803&show=next

Getting to our meeting location is easy — our room is just a few steps behind BASF gate 5. Please let us know if you want to join:
http://basf-toastmasters.com/contact/
https://tmclub.eu/profile.php?mode=email&u=59657

10 Apr

Spring into action!

In April and May 2019 we will host a series of special meetings that will boost your communication skills. For an extra portion of fun and learning join our activities that are creatively different from our well-known Toastmasters sessions.

29 April Backwards meeting
With an agenda upside-down all events have a new order. Yes, this means functionary reports start the meeting. Speech evaluators go before prepared speeches. Table Topics answers are given before their questions. It’s a fun and rewarding exercise in impromptu skills and creativity. For example make the club president sing in the middle of his or her speech, have the lights go out in the middle of the Toastmaster’s introduction, or encourage guests to laugh like hyenas during the meeting. Imagine the possibilities!
06 May How to conduct productive meetings (workshop)
Meetings are a vital communication tool. They produce understanding, eliminate confusion, generate ideas, stimulate action, clarify goals and objectives, define roles and responsibilities, solve problems, and disseminate information. In many of today‘s organizations, decisions are made in meetings, not by individuals.
13 May The art of debating
Two debating teams will battle it out to convince the audience to support their view. Participate actively and train your argumentation skills in a constructive way.
27 May Speakerthon
With the club constantly growing in size we dedicate an evening comprising solely on prepared speeches. This gives more people the chance to present a speech and the audience can enjoy a variety of topics and speech types.

Meetings start at 17:45, BASF site, J660 / R136
Invitations will be sent out individually by our VP Education. You can also check the agendas on EasySpeak or our website. We look forward to welcoming you and spending a wonderful, entertaining and productive evening together. Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact us.

25 Mar

Save the date: “How to conduct productive meetings”

Meetings are a vital communication tool. They produce understanding, eliminate confusion, generate ideas, stimulate action, clarify goals and objectives, define roles and responsibilities, solve problems, and disseminate information. In many of today‘s organizations, decisions are made in meetings, not by individuals.

How you benefit
On the way to achieve ACG status I will coordinate this workshop where you . . .

  • learn the basic steps to ensure a productive meeting
  • hear about the details to make a meeting efficient
  • exercise leadership techniques in conducting a meeting.

Save the date
You are invited to participate in this special event at BASF Toastmasters!
Mon 6 May 2019, 17:50 – 19:40, J660 (BASF site)
Invitations will be sent out by e-mail in April 2019.

Please let me know if you have further questions — contact through http://basf-toastmasters.com/contact/

27 Nov

Season’s greetings 2018/2019

Dear fellow Toastmasters and friends,
Whatever is beautiful. Whatever is meaningful. Whatever brings you happiness. May it be yours this holiday season and throughout the year 2019.
It would be a great pleasure to see you at our meeting on 10 December where we will have our legendary White Elephant Gift Exchange, speech presentations of our club members and other activities to train public speaking skills. We also in invite you to join in for a glas of hot wine and seasonal food on Ludwigshafen’s winter market! 2019 will be perfect to improve your skills of leadership and rhetoric — visit our meetings on January 14th and 28th!

22 Mar

Experience the Spirit of Division F Toastmasters

Dear fellow Toastmasters!

“Experience the Spirit of Division F Toastmasters” at the Division F Conference in Bad Homburg on April 28th, 2018! Help us to select the Division F Team for the District 59/95 Conference in Athens in May. For details and to check out the opportunities awaiting you, click here:
register-Div-F-Conf-2018
Early-Bird tickets are available from now on up to and including March 28th.

Agenda:
Part 1
09:00 Registration & Reception
09:15 Contest Briefings: Contestants & Timers: Main Hall (Upstairs), Judges & Ballot Counters: Classroom (Downstairs)
10:00 Opening & Welcome: Division F Director
10:15 International Speech Contest
11:15 refreshing break
11:25 “FIVE CHAIRS”, Emotional Intelligence made easy
11:50 Speech Contest German
12:50 Lunch Break at Pinocchio’s Restaurant
Part 2
13:45 Breathing, stance, & body language exercises
14:00 Speech Contest French
14:45 Evaluation Contest German
15:30 PATHWAYS
15:50 Evaluation Contest English
16:50 refreshing break
17:00 Announcements: Contests & Raffle/Tombola Winners
17:30 CLOSE

Good luck with the club and area contests! See you April 28th, 2018 in Bad Homburg!
Yours in Toastmasters,
Naomi Carrington-Hockman, DTM
D95 Division F Director 2017-2018

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.

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.

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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.

 

 

 

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