01 Nov

Fall & Winter: Have Fun with Public Speaking!

Public speaking can be a daunting task, but at BASF Toastmasters, we believe that it can also be a lot of fun! Our club meetings are filled with laughter, jokes, and a friendly atmosphere that will make you forget all about your fear of public speaking

We also take public speaking seriously and provide our members with the tools they need to become confident and effective speakers. Our regular meetings cover everything from impromptu speakting over following your personal training with Toastmasters’ Pathways to leading a discussion, and our experienced members are always happy to provide feedback and advice.

So if you’re looking for a fun and supportive environment to improve your public speaking skills, come join us at BASF Toastmasters in Ludwigshafen this fall and winter. Why not showing up on  February 26, 2024, 17:45 - 19:30 ? We promise you won’t regret it.

19 Aug

10 years of Toastmasters at BASF

In September 2013 we began with Toastmasters meetings on BASF site in Ludwigshafen. With strong support of Mannheim International Toastmasters Club and many BASF colleagues “demo-meetings” were run and made the Toastmasters community in Ludwigshafen inside and outside of BASF growing. After establishing regular meetings and 9 months later we officially chartered. Since then BASF Toastmasters is one of more than 15,000 Toastmasters Clubs worldwide.

For a decade everyone can join us twice a month for prepared speeches, impromptu presentations and giving feedback. For a decade countless Ice Breakers have been presented, a tremendous amount of recognistions has been handed over and numerous members made their way with Toastmasters achieving the different levels in communication and leadership. Apart from that for a decade BASF Toastmasters has been involved in many activities of fun and learning.

With Spring into Action we’ve run special sessions in backwards mode or with debating that were creatively different from the well-known Toastmasters meetings. In the summertime club members left the meeting room behind and got together for BBQ, picnic or hamburgers. Experienced Toastmasters conducted workshops that brought us closer to interesting topics like “Characteristics of Effective Leaders“. The White Elephant Gift Exchange has become a much-loved tradition and must-have before Christmas. Being part of the Toastmasters Community our leaders became the Area Director of the region. The club also organised its own and the Area’s speech contests. Connecting with other Toastmasters of BASF our speakers presented at the Global Open House.

Continuing for another ten years we are looking forward to welcome you at one of the next meetings. Come along on February 26, 2024, 17:45 - 19:30, most certainly you’ll have as much fun as we had already in the past!

07 Nov

Entspannt das freie Reden trainieren

Those who join BASF Toastmasters can improve their rhetorical skills noticeably. Now our offer is expanded: You can train public speaking also in German now! Our colleagues from BASF Rheinklick visited one of our hybrid-meetings. See →here what they wrote, without access to BASF’s intranet you’ll find a printed version →here.

Alle, die BASF Toastmasters regelmäßig besuchen, verbessern ihre rhetorischen Fähigkeiten erkennbar. Nun bieten wir unsere Clubabende bilingual an — auf unseren Treffen wird auf Deutsch oder auf Englisch gesprochen. Unsere Kolleginnen der BASF Rheinklick Redaktion haben eins unserer Hybrid-Meetings besucht. →Hier ist der Artikel (ohne Zugriff aufs BASF Intranet →hier).

picture / Bild: BASF

01 Jan

Welcome to 2022!

Dear fellow Toastmasters and Guests

the year of 2022 has just started and this can be the year where you make the important step to become a better speaker and presenter? We welcome you to participate actively in our meetings in January! Join in from wherever you are because this month will only be online meetings!

Meetings on Monday 10th and 24th Januaray will open on 17:45 and last until ca. 19:30 including a small break.

Want to prepare a speech or short presentation? Use easySPEAK  to enroll for your favorite activity or contact  us! You don’t believe online presentations can be fun?! Then you simply must participate!!

Yours Club Officers, BASF Toastmasters

02 Dec

White Elephant Gift Exchange 2021

Dear Toastmasters and Guests,

You are cordially invited to join our Online Christmas special event, where we are going to unwrap our virtual Christmas gift and take a look into fellow members’ home offices. All of that will we in Toastmasters style which means you’ll have a lot of opportunity to train your public speaking skills.

For those wanting to join, we kindly ask you to send the following pictures to elephant@basf-toastmasters.com

  • your Christmas gift, e.g. a funny, strange, spectacular object you would like one of the participants to receive as a gift (and create a spontaneous speech related to that)
  • your personal home office, the place where you work in these times at home (this will be also shared during our session — “Which place belongs to Whom?”)

Once you’ve sent these pictures we will share the link for the online event with you! We look forward to having a wonderful and entertaining evening together with you.

Should you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact us. Our first meeting in 2022 will be on 10 January.

Yours sincerely,
Club Officers

13 Jan

Toastmasters Leadership Institute 2021

Leading effectively is essential to guiding your club through challenging times. The Toastmasters Leadership Institute is providing club officers and members with a variety of excellent training sessions and workshops to choose from. You will have the opportunity to build your own schedule according to your needs. In these workshops, a line-up of outstanding trainers will provide you with educational insights rarely available.

In interactive sessions, you will gain valuable leadership skills and tools. As a club officer, you will be prepared for the second half of your term through participating in club contest and club quality training. Pathways training will benefit your personal and professional life, helping you to build your life and career. A particular emphasis will be put on leaders’ speeches and their ability to speak wisely when asked out of the blue. For our corporate clubs, we will have training available on corporate collaboration.

Studying leadership styles and how to work with them is an essential Leadership Institute workshop. The training plan will cover all the main topics needed to become a successful club leader. In the interest of the German speaking and bilingual clubs, training sessions will be available in both English and German. Any members who are interested will be able to join the Toastmasters Leadership Institute, since the Division F Team has decided to support future leaders.

The Division F TOASTMASTERS LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE will take place on the 23rd of January, 2021, from noon to 6 pm.

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