17 May

Mind Mapping (part II) on 31 May 2021

Have you been to our Toastmasters workshop in March about “Mind Map & Creating Action”? Or haven’t? No matter, join in on 31 May and create a mind map by yourself! At first Martin will give you a very short introduction / summary about the principle of a mind map. And then it’s time to design a quick mind map on your own to a given topic. Following in small groups you’ll merge the individual maps to the group’s mind map and share the result. Furthermore this workshop offers small activities to be creative and speak.

Let’s create an atmosphere of fun and learning; Toastmasters and guests are very welcome to join in — please prepare

  • a peace of paper and a pen
  • a bell (!!) e.g. a bicycle bell, cow bell — if you have . . .

We kindly ask you to register  →here.

14 Mar

Using Mind Map & Creating Action

Dear Toastmasters and Guests,

We cordially invite you fellow Toastmasters and guests to attend the upcoming online Workshop hosted by Area F1 taking place on 22 March 2021 at 17:45pm.
Martin Ernst (DTM, BASF Toastmasters) will be presenting about “Mind-Mapping” on how to formulate your Thoughts & Ideas.
Al Green, (DTM, Ramstein Speakers Association) will be presenting about “Creating Action Through Speaking”).
This workshop will help booster your confidence level and provide you with tools, that will help ignite your communication skills.
Please register for the event by filling up this form:

 

 

 

 

 

Yours truly,
Piyali Bhaumik
Area Director – District 95, Area F1

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.

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.

09 Sep

Officers‘ Meeting: 4th of September 2014

We met at Alex Cafe (Ludwigshafen) to discuss a bunch of topics. The most important point was our first club contest. Exciting! Its goal besides having fun is to choose club members who will represent BASF Toastmasters during the next Toastmasters Area Contest (11th of October, Heidelberg). Another hot topic was the promotion of the club within BASF organization. We’ll let you know soon more details!image

 

 

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

02 Jun

Make them say “Yes” (2/2)

As a speaker you try to convince the audience of your opinion. They should agree to the major views of the speech. Apart from the contents there are certain techniques that can be uses for to create a feeling of firm conviction. Proceeding one of the previous posts I’d like to give some more suggestions that are based on Robert Cialdini’s principles of persuasion.

Liking or “just be nice”

Have you heard that a waiter in a restaurant can increase the tip simply by adding another peppermint sweet to the bill in front of the customers? Showing sympathy to someone increases your chance that she / he will agree with your own needs. So try to buil a good relationship to your audience. How can you do so if you have just limited time in your speach? Some ideas:

  • use positive body language techniques,
  • share something personal with the audience that makes them feel special
  • show appreciation that people came along to listen to your speech.

Authority or “the prove by power”

Usually we tend to follow people in positions of authority, we feel more obliget to accept what they say. Most of us will do what our managers request us to do or agree with someone who is in a high position.
For this reason try to find a prominent and outstanding personality of your point of view or your proposal. Got a quote or an example given or experience by a well known person with best reputation? Brilliant — take her / him to strengthen your thesis.

Scarcity or “now or never”

If people have the feeling that they might miss something if not acting immediately they decide quicker. To pile pressure on customers limited stock or closing dates for special offers are announced to gain a buying decision on the spot. That way you can influence your audience if you expect them to support your idea or project. By exposing an urgent problem that can (only) be solved by your suggestion your audience will likely agree. When speaking in front of a decision-making body point out the need for a clear and positive decision.

Give it a try, working with the specified techniques will make the audience agree to the strong points and ideas of your speech!

pictures:
Jetti Kuhlemann / pixelio.de
Tim Reckmann / pixelio.de