13 Dec

Season’s Greetings 2020/2021

Dear fellow Toastmasters and Guests

Our last meeting in 2020 will be different. At the Online Christmas special event on 14 Decenber, we are going to unwrap our virtual Christmas gift, take a look into fellow members’ fridges and listen to an inspiring speech given by dam McConnaughy, President of Ramstein TM club. For those accepting the invitation, we kindly ask you to provide pictures of your (virtual) Christmas gift and your fridge inside & outside (yes!!)

For the start of 2021 we will firstly meet on 11 January.

Please note that these online meetings will be conducted on Skype. Have a peaceful holiday season and a happy new year!

Sincerely Yours
Officers 2020/2021 of BASF Toastmasters

21 Nov

Three Reasons Why

Are you looking for reasons to spend your Monday evenings virtually with us? Now, look no further.

Reason #1: Sharpen your virtual communication and leadership skills. Covid-19 has triggered a paradigm shift towards virtual meetings. Business trips, which deemed indispensable just a year ago, now look superfluous. Experts reckon that virtual meetings are here to stay. Without the luxury of body language to accentuate your message, your new tools for effective communication will be, among others, your facial expression and vocal variation. Also, explore digital tools with us and start impressing your colleagues at work.

Reason #2: Network virtually. At BASF Toastmasters, social distancing means socialise distantly. We are part of the global BASF Toastmasters network which consists of 13 clubs in Asia, Europe and North America, the Area F1 family (Rhein-Neckar) and the Toastmasters International. Whether you are a seasoned networker or networking newbie, our virtual meetings offer you a unique opportunity to polish your virtual coffee-break skills.
P.S. Join our Yammer and MS Team groups if you have not done so already!

Reason #3: Because you want to have a fun evening with fun people. Really, that goes without saying.

21 Nov

Stay connected with Toastmasters!

The COVID-19 global pandemic is challenging us. Actions used to be harmless – handshake, hugs or just being in a group, now have potential to make us sick and spread the virus even further. In order to follow the government order, our club decided to move our Face2face meeting back to Online.

However, social distancing does not need to mean social disconnecting. Thanks to the Internet and today’s modern technologies, we don’t have to stuck at home alone, feel lonely and isolated. We can still keep seeing each other every two weeks via Zoom/WebEx to check on everyone and to keep our sprites light. We can even consider volunteer efforts to provide needed services in order to stay together, while keeping ourselves and others safe at the same time. As a team, we believe we can overcome this hard time easier together than alone. Thus, please come to join our Online Toastmasters meetings.

Please stay safe and stay connected.

07 Sep

BASF Toastmasters returns On-Site!

Since Covid started, our meetings have been affected and we haven´t seen each other as wanted! Now that the summer is ending, we are foreseeing a possibility to start our F2F meetings on-site again! We would be very happy to see your beloved faces again, taking the existing Covid requirements into account!

According to a TEDEx guys (they seem to know what they are doing), effective presentation skills reduce miscommunication, which is likely the biggest cause of work-related stress. That means better presentation skills lower the stress on presenters which means the successful delivery of the message we are trying to transmit, so let’s improve all together and show off what are we capable of!

Next meeting will be held on the 14th of September in Ludwigshafen (BASF) and we are really looking forward to welcome you all again.
Since BASF Toastmasters could not meet personally for so long we also plan to have a picnic at the beginning of September. Join in to see members and guests and spend a few hours outside at the end of summer!

31 Jul

Webinar: Spontaneous Speaking & Table Topics®

Are you the one on the stage to answer the Table Topics® Master’s question?
Sweaty hands and a hot head?
No words in mind?
No idea how to fill the next two minutes?
You’ve got the chance to find out more about Table Topics® and how to approach the successful delivery of an entertaining speech. Have a look at some strategies and methods that help you to find the right words. Overcome the scary ideas in your hot head that are slowing you down in being an excellent impromptu speaker!
Join our Toastmasters’ ONLINE Meeting on 10 August 05:45 pm! You can register directly on easySPEAK for this event and will get online access to this meeting.

29 May

Wherever you are in June — join our BASF Toastmasters meetings!

Dear fellow Toastmasters and Guests

on the finishing line of the Toastmasters’ year 2019/2020 we welcome you to participate in our meetings in June

  • Mon 8 June https://tmclub.eu/view_agenda.php?t=146197 Taimur’s speech about “Being a 90s kid” is already on the agenda, another speaker slot is open for volunteers.  Besides the meeting will consist of all “classic” elements of a Club meeting. We will finish with the Election of Club Executive Board 2020/2021.
  • Mon 22 June  https://tmclub.eu/view_agenda.php?t=146198
    We are curious who will provide an entertaining, thoughtful or informative speech. Furthermore some members will be challenged in impromptu speaking. After the feedback part of the meeting it’s “Time To Say Goodbye” to our Officers who have lead the Club in the last 12 months. And then let’s welcome the new crew!

Meetings will open on 17:45 and last until ca. 19:30 including a small break. Using the mentioned links to easySPEAK you can already enroll for your favorite role. Especially we are looking for people who want to proceed on their paths to better communications and will prepare a speech J .Invitations for each meetings will be sent out separately in advance.  

You don’t believe online presentations can be fun?! Then you simply must participate!!

Yours Club Officers, BASF Toastmasters

22 Apr

See You Online – BASF Toastmasters in May 2020

Dear fellow Toastmasters and Guests

due to current restrictions we will hold our next meetings online. This May we will welcome you on these dates

Meetings will open on 17:45 and last until ca. 19:30 including a small break. Using the mentioned links to easySPEAK you can already enroll for your favorite role. Invitations for each meetings will be sent out separately in advance.  Working towards an education award by June 2020, please let us know so that necessary arrangement could be made to facilitate your projects.

We hope to see all of you online in theses uncertain times!

Yours Club Officers, BASF Toastmasters

31 Mar

BASF Toastmasters organises online meeting

Contribute to a smooth and enjoyable evening – take part actively and grab a role on EasySpeak https://tmclub.eu/view_meeting.php?c=803&show=next

Dear BASF Toastmasters and Guests

You are cordially invited to join our online Toastmasters meeting, details as follow.

  • 06 April 2020, Time: 18:00 to 20:00
  • When it’s time, please join the meeting from here:
    • https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5084197105
    • or use the Meeting-ID: 508 419 7105
    • Note: Due to increased demand, dial-in by phone audio conferencing capabilities is temporarily removed from our free Basic Zoom account.

Please do join us at 18:00 to test the connection and solve technical problems until the meeting starts. We would like you to you to use the camera of your device!

We recommend that you install Zoom on your device: https://zoom.us/download

Alternatively you may  participate by Zoom Web Client https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/214629443-Zoom-Web-Client — please be aware of the technical requirements of your web browser.  

How does the meeting go?

  • How does the meeting go?
  • We will kick-start the meeting with self-introduction and “Question of the Day”.
  • After this warm up session, we are ready for the prepared speeches. Prepared speeches usually take about 7 minutes each, where the speaker is to pay special attention to certain public speaking elements.
  • At the end of the day, the prepared speeches and the meeting itself will be evaluated. The evaluation is an important element, as it not only encourages our speakers for their effort, but also helps us to be better evaluators. After all, Toastmasters is all about learning together and supporting each other!

Yours sincerely
Club Officers


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25 Mar

Coronavirus – how we plan to go on

Dear fellow Toastmasters and Guests

We will collectively play our parts in the fight against COVID-19. As such, all usual Monday face-to-face meetings will be cancelled until further notice. While the face-to-face interaction will be sorely missed, we are excited about the opportunities that virtual meetings present.

As decided on yesterday’s Club Officers meeting, we will explore the possibility to conduct our meetings online. We will also get in touch with other Toastmasters clubs for potential collaboration.

For members working towards an education award (CC, CL, AL, DTM) by June 2020, please contact our Vice President Education so that necessary arrangement could be made to facilitate your projects.

With the cancellation of the meeting on 23 March and 13 April (Easter break), our next meeting will be on 27 April at the soonest, subject to technical feasibility. You shall receive more updates from us nearer the time.

In the meantime, please visit Toastmasters International for online resources on public speaking. Please feel free to reach out if you have any inputs regarding virtual meetings.

Yours Club Officers of BASF Toastmasters

16 Mar

Coronavirus implications

Dear fellow Toastmasters,
the current worldwide situation regarding coronavirus affects our regular club meetings. We decided to cancel all face-to-face meetings at BASF Toastmasters until middle of April 2020. We hope to re-establish our regular meetings as soon as possible but obviously cannot fix a date yet.
If / how online meetings can be held to offer an alternative will be decided soon.
Members and guests on our invitation list will be kept updated. If you have further questions, please contact us!
For information about Toastmasters activities on Division level please visit https://tmclub.eu/portal.php?page=1&c=248
For information about Toastmasters activities on District level please visit https://toastmasters-95.org/

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