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EXCOM officers’ elections and the wedding planning

EXCOM elections are going to be held during the first meeting of June 2018.  We are all invited to stand for one of the 7 roles.  Imagine it is a wedding.  As guests, we are welcomed, we eat, we drink and we dance.  On the other hand we are asked to contribute to marrying couple’s happiness with a generous gift.  The wedding event would not run smoothly without the nosy mother-in-law-to-be’s choices, the bride tears, the rings forgotten by the groom and the wedding planners’ organization.

It is a matter of giving and taking. It is a promise we made when joining the club. It is a chance to gain experience as a leader.  It is an opportunity to learn by doing. It is a commitment to our personal objectives and to the toastmaster community goals. It is a moment to hone our skills. There are so many reasons.

Let’s go through some examples.

As a president, you will lead and motivate a club. You will set goals and delegate. What a great opportunity if you want to be a business unit director or a team manager.  That is being operational before the beginning. Ask more to Camille.

As VP Education, you schedule club member speeches in Easyspeak and Pathways , you keep abreast of the latest education programs and developments and know the  members progress.  The VP Ed role is a valuable experience as project manager.  That’s planning, resource allocation, client requirements awareness and coaching.  Ask more to Emilie.

As a VP Membership, you enrol new members. That is key role where promotion skills and empathy are developed with a lot of human touch.  A warm welcome, a follow up of guests interest in joining and the clarification about the club objectives and activities are key to a successful club growth.  Ask more to Milena.

As a VP Public Relations, you will run the social media, give an account of the events, publish newsletters and promote the club among the members and the outside world. That paves the way to become a community manager, a blogger, a vlogger, a web marketer, a web master, a journalist, a writer, a tool geek, an artist, an newspaper humorist. Ask more to Fabrice

As a Secretary, you make the EXCOM team’s clock tick, keep the record of decisions and planned activities and plan the club meetings and calendars. The role can be compared to the human memory and the little voice in our brains that reminds us what we have to do.  Rigor, precision, recalling commitment to deadlines, organizing meetings, writing reports are values and skills sought in any professional field. Ask more to Anne.

As a Treasurer, you pay attention to the cash in and the cash out and know all about the legal intricacies about the club registration at the city hall and at the bank counter.  Accounting, budget planning and money talks are your obsessions.  Well, that is exaggerated. Money brings satisfaction but not happiness and you know it when resources are limited. Ask more to Francoise


As a sergeant-at-arms, you are a logistics manager . The role can also be seen as the management of all the providers. The event happens in a rented room or in a restaurant.  The club deploys the banners, sets up the room, estimates the number of   persons present, brings in the material and the equipment.  That is another skill valued in many professional fields. Ask more to Amit.

In conclusion, there are seven wedding planning roles and all members get married to their communication and leadership goals.

Description of the roles

Check this link to know more about the roles and the club organization:


As the person who sets the tone for the club, you are expected to provide helpful,  supportive leadership for all of the club’s activities and be the first to assume  responsibility for the progress and welfare of the club.  You motivate, make peace and facilitate as required. Though you must occasionally step in and make a difficult decision, rarely do so without consulting club members  and other club officers. Strive to show respect for all members, even when you do not  agree with them, and provide leadership for all.


As vice president education, you schedule members’ speeches, verify the   completion  of projects and serve as a resource for questions about education awards, speech  contests and the mentor program. You are an important source of Toastmasters  knowledge for club members and it is your job to become familiar with all aspects   of the Toastmasters education program.


You promote the club and manage the process of bringing in guests and transforming them into members. By initiating contact with guests, helping them feel welcome and providing them  with the information they need to join, you help maintain a constant influx of new  people into your club. You also attentively monitor membership levels and strategize  with the rest of the executive committee about how to overcome membership  challenges when they occur.


You promote the club to the local community and notify the media about the club’s  existence and the benefits it provides. You promote the club, update web content and  safeguard the Toastmasters brand identity. It’s your job to notify the media whenever  your club does something newsworthy.

As vice president public relations, you’ll find yourself writing news releases,   creating  and distributing fliers and maintaining the club’s presence on the web and in the  community.


You maintain all club records, manage club files, handle club correspondence and take  the minutes at each club and executive committee meeting. You are also in charge of  updating and distributing a roster of the current paid membership and keeping the club  officer list current for Toastmasters International. Though some clubs combine the secretary role with the treasurer, it’s best to  have a dedicated secretary who can help reduce the workload of the treasurer and  occasionally assist the vice president education as well. Order supplies for the club as needed.


You are the club’s accountant. You manage the club’s bank account, writing checks as  approved by the executive committee and depositing membership dues payments  and other club revenues. You are also in charge of submitting membership dues payments to World Headquarters (accompanied by the names of renewing members),  filing necessary tax documents and keeping timely, accurate, up-to-date financial  records for the club.

Though the treasurer’s duties are usually not the most demanding of all the club  leadership positions, the consequences for members can be serious when they’re  not completed accurately and on time.


You keep track of the club’s physical property, such as the banner, lectern, timing device and other meeting materials. You arrive early to prepare the meeting place  for members and stay late to stow all of the club’s equipment. You are also in charge of the meeting place itself, obtaining a new space when necessary and maintaining contact with the people who allow you to use the space for your club meetings. The sergeant at arms also has a role to play during business meetings, speech contests and other special club events. For example, the sergeant at arms escorts potential new members outside of the club’s meeting place while the members   vote on admitting them to the club. The sergeant at arms stands at the door while contestants compete in speech contests to ensure that the speaker is not interrupted by latecomers

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What kind of relationship do we have with THE MAGAZINE FOR COMMUNICATORS & LEADERS?

It travels half the world. It crosses oceans and many borders. It reaches monthly our mailbox. No. Not the electronic mailbox. The other one, the one that we  open with a key and that contains unwanted ads, invoices, income tax forms and once in a while a postcard.  The magazine continues its journey into our home.  It is unwrapped from its plastic protection and piled up with the other ones. We might browse through it and read the article that caught out attention. Then it is left around  to adorn the magazine basket of the living room. Our guests might spot it, flip through its pages and ask what toastmasters is.


Almost all TM magazines display a happy smiling person. We even have got the impression that the character from the cover is ready to shake our hand. Imagine for a moment, the magazine is a toastmaster that knocks at our door.  For sure, we would be more welcoming.

  • W: Come on in. Please wait a few secs. I run some errands and I am all yours
  • T: OK. I wait. I am used to wait!
  • W: I am going to drink a coffee if you don’t mind.
  • T: You can. I will take some minutes of your time
  • W: Indeed. I am very busy. I need to constantly check my smartphone and barely have the time to pay attention to your stories and articles
  • T: I am going to give you a mind map of what I have to tell you and remind the electronic version also exists. I show up on your smartphone as well.

Devote some minutes more for a broader picture. Click on the picture and zoom in with the magnifying lens.


TM Magazine Mind map details

1                    leadership

1.1              how a club was started

1.2              Ralph Smedley’s vision (TM founder)

1.3              why your ideas aren’t heard

1.4              skills to boost your career

1.5              art of followership

1.6              a first time leader

1.7              malapropisms

1.8              becoming a coach

1.9              a quiet leader

1.10          goals to succeed

1.11          goal setting and success (sportswoman testimnials)

1.12          habits and goals:we are whatt we do

1.13          negociation mistakes

2                    recurring articles

2.1              TMI president’s viewpoint

2.2              members forum & opinions

2.3              traveling Toastmaster

2.4              funny you should say that

2.4.1        talking to extraterrestrials

2.4.2        having a million dollars

2.4.3        giving a name to a retirement house

2.4.4        winter olympics

2.4.5        epitaphs and tombstones

2.4.6        april: when new years resolutions are abandoned

3                    profiles

3.1              influence in career

3.1.1        overcoming harassment and bullying

3.1.2        corporate club and personnel growth

3.1.3        corporate club and goal setting

3.2              influence in life

3.2.1        overcoming addictions

3.2.2        empowering others

3.2.3        members in a prison

3.2.4        becoming a better father

3.2.5        engagement of old members

3.2.6        how couples met and got married

3.2.7        TM values after the a hurricane disaster

3.2.8        inspiration to publish a book

3.2.9        roaming the world and completing the CC in several clubs

3.2.10    overcoming unemployment

3.2.11    improving education standards and values in schools

3.2.12    friendship created through TM events

3.2.13    TM and elder persons in retirement

3.2.14    helping youth at risk

3.2.15    sailing and leadership

3.2.16    TM once, TM always in the university

3.2.17    struggling students, freedom writers and speakers

3.2.18    importance of communication in startup creation

3.2.19    how a member became a humor writer

3.2.20    a member with down syndrome that became an actress

3.2.21    when your mum ‘s a toastmaster

4                    ads

4.1              create and publish your ebook

4.2              travel to Costa Rica

4.3              become a public speaking coach

4.4              guided tours in Canada & the US

4.5              zen and art of public speaking

5                    communication

5.1              techniques

5.1.1        elevator pitch

5.1.2        rhetorical devices

5.1.3        ways to begin a speech

5.1.4        writing appreciation letters

5.1.5        improve persuasiveness

5.1.6        expressing your thoughts

5.1.7        smart notes

5.1.8        prop-ups and latest technologies

5.1.9        tips for table topics (impromptu speeches)

5.1.10    grow from evaluations

5.1.11    get to the point and meaningfulness

5.1.12    become a better conversationalist

5.1.13    make memorable speeches

5.1.14    stuttering, music and vocal variety

5.1.15    “my struggle and your lesson” speech are tiring

5.1.16    stopping saying ah, Um …

5.1.17    add humor to your speech

5.1.18    vocal variety

5.1.19    speech within time imits

5.1.20    muzzling a serial interrupter

5.1.21    find the suitable word

5.1.22    reading a prepared text in public

5.2              related topics

5.2.1        professional speaking

5.2.2        professions based on the voice. address announcer

5.2.3        voice in media

5.2.4        preparing a job interview

5.2.5        theatre and comedy

5.2.6        TED talks

5.2.7        cross cultural communication

5.2.8        panel discussion

5.2.9        toasting

5.2.10    speech when accepting an award

5.2.11    snackification: influence of social media in social interactions

5.2.12    cultivating mindfulness

5.2.13    theater and being on stage

5.2.14    fake news and quote validity

5.2.15    myths over professional speakers

5.2.16    poetry

5.2.17    plagiarism

5.2.18    storytelling

5.2.19    speaking outside your club

5.3              evaluations

5.3.1        reacting to feedbacks

5.3.2        unravelling your blind spots

5.3.3        what to say onstage, what to say privtely

6                    mentoring

6.1              meet my mentor

6.2              finding a mentor

7                    TM club community

7.1              executive committee roles/organization

7.1.1        ABC of acronyms

7.1.2        becoming an area director

7.1.3        the new TMI president

7.1.4        becoming an accredited speaker

7.1.5        promote through social media

7.2              club life

7.2.1        member retention

7.2.2        dealing with an annoying member

7.2.3        member engagement

7.2.4        biweekly meetings

  • ah counting
  • being a toastmaster of the meeting for the first time
  • volunteer or call for table topics
  • welcoming guests

7.2.5        ways to grow your club

7.2.6        importance of having fun

7.2.7        balancing demographics

7.2.8        dying clubs and resurrecting them

7.2.9        how to benefit from the TM organization

7.3              events

7.3.1        contests

hesitating to participate in a contest

7.3.2        trainings

7.3.3        connecting clubs

7.3.4        international conventions

  • awards
  • presentation of speakers

7.3.5        open houses an demo meetings

7.3.6        TM youth leadership programs

8                    pathways

8.1              reasons for change

8.2              worldwide rollout

8.3              translations

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Are you a Toastmasters role model member? Complete this seriously humorous test to know yourself.  Pure knowledge, know-how, attitude and values are at stake. Count the positive answers and you’ll get a grade at the end.

Knowledge and awareness (savoir, connaissance et conscience)

  1. You know the name of Toastmasters’ founder and the location of Toastmasters international
  2. You know the area, the division, the district and the region your club belongs to
  3. You can list by heart the 10 competent leader and the 10 competent communicator projects
  4. You know the names and roles of your club’s executive committee
  5. You can explain how a regular event is organized
  6. You no longer ask yourself what these acronyms mean: TM, CL, CC, DTM, ALB, ALS, COT, …
  7. You know what a DTM is and have made a choice for the leadership and communication tracks
  8. You can explain what Pathways is
  9. You read regularly the monthly TM magazines instead of piling them up in a corner of your house
  10. You can give on the spot examples of euphemisms, quotes of your favourite writer and have learnt by heart a speech from a famous speaker

Know-how (savoir-faire)

  1. You consciously apply the CL and CC principles at your workplace, at home , in any everyday activity
  2. You have won club awards and contests awards (and display them in your kitchen for your kids to imitate you)
  3. You know how to evaluate a speech … and don’t finish thinking: “ I could have said that instead”
  4. You make pauses and have banned from your vocabulary: “ah”, “mmh”, “you know”, “well”, “so” and so on.
  5. You pay attention to how to pronounce words and check your grammar before any prepared speech
  6. Your prepared speeches are methodically prepared (written speech, voice recording, delivery in front of a mirror or in front of a friend, study of gestures, voice , rhetorical devices and expressiveness)
  7. You ask others to be filmed and debrief watching the video and reading the evaluators feedback

Attitude (savoir-vivre)

  1. You volunteer any time as a participant or as an organizer whenever there is an event, a contest, any extra activity
  2. You have attended a toastmasters’ event outside your own club, your own city or  your own country
  3. You greet and encourage new members at each event
  4. During an event you politely make the “toastmaster of the day” notice something has to be said or that something is missing
  5. If you are an English native speaker, you correct those damned Froggies because they do the same when you speak French.
  6. You have invited friends and colleagues that have become members
  7. You help the “meet and greet” and the fee collector

Values, mission and vision (valeurs, mission, vision)

  1. Each time you come to an event, you confirm what motivated you to join TM
  2. You remember the oath you made when joining Toastmasters
  3. You really want to make other members improve their skills and have started implementing coaching programs at your club level
  4. You are a confirmed leader in your sector (entrepreneur, high executive, director, facilitator, any job) and recognize that TM helped you
  5. You are a confirmed communicator (speaker, journalist, media representative, any job) and recognize that TM helped you
  6. You think it is worthwhile fulfilling a role at area, division, district and region levels and forgot the year you joined the toastmasters organization



1 to 7: you are a beginning member

9 to 15: you are a well-informed active member of your club. Leadership and communication skills are part of your guts

16 to 22: you’ve got ambitions beyond a regular active member. Ask yourself why?

23 to 30: you should consider joining the international Toastmasters organization or take a vacation

Bonus:  If all French were luminaries and geniuses, explain why they could never reach 30 positive answers. There is a puzzle and a reason.

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organized by  Toastmasters 75 Club

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Last night was contest night! It was an exciting evening with a full house and 6 speech contestants as well as 4 evaluation contestants.

And then, after careful deliberation, the judges spoke. and the results are…

International Speech Contest

  1. Damien
  2. Shelley
  3. Lyly

Evaluation Contest

  1. Shelley
  2. Hemanth


The 1st and 2nd prize winners in both competitions have agreed to represent La Défense Toastmasters at the Area 4 Contest in Paris on Saturday morning, 11 March.

Our club champions will need our support at the area contest! So don’t hesitate and sign up now 🙂

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At the end of September – on Thursday 29, to be precise – our Fall club contest will once again take place.

All members can be a contestant in either the Humorous Speech contest, and/or the Table Topics contest. Or, help organize in a variety of roles.

The winner will go on to the area contest, and if you win that, the division contest. If you win that contest as well, you can represent us at the South & Western European (District 59) Conference in Madrid!

Here you can sign up:


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We are happy to announce the winners of the Area 4 Contest Oct 17th, 2015 below!


Humorous Speech – English:

  • 1st Place: Mark Finneran 
  • 2nd Place: Carol Bausor
  • 3rd Place: Shelley Mullon

Table Topics – English:

  • 1st Place: Carol Bausor
  • 2nd Place: Shelley Mullon
  • 3rd Place: Juliet Meere

Humorous Speech – French:

  • 1st Place: Albena Gadjanova
  • 2nd Place: Sean Ryan

Table Topics – French:

  • 1st Place: Sean Ryan
  • 2nd Place: Albena Gadjanova

Humorous Speech – Spanish:

  • 1st Place: Juan-Pablo Chaclan


Thank you for coming out to enjoy such a great afternoon with us. We hope that you will continue supporting our contestants in the next round of the contest!

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Humorous Speech and Table Topics Division Contest!


Come join us to enjoy an event full of laughter, listening to the best and funniest toastmasters in the division! This is a great opportunity to mix and mingle with the other Toastmasters members. You will also enjoy a bilingual workshop on Improvisation, Creativity, and Laughter!

Date: Saturday, October 31, 2015

Place: Paroisse Saint-Eloi, Salle Forum – 7 Place Maurice de Fontenay, 75012 Paris (Metro Montgallet or Reuilly-Diderot; Bus 46/57, Parking nearby)

Time: 10:00 – 17:45

Fee: Early Bird price of 20€ if paid before October 26, 2015; 25€ after October 26, 2015 and at the door


Should you have any further questions, please contact: (English) (French)

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Area 4

Humorous Speech & Table Topics

Paris, on 17 October 2015, at 1 PM


We at La Défense Toastmasters are pleased to invite you to this Fall’s Humorous Speech & Table Topics contests for Area 4.

It will be an exciting and entertaining afternoon. Some of the best of the area’s many outstanding speaker will compete… Each club in the area will send the winners of their club contests. These clubs are:

  • La Defense Toastmasters
  • Paris Speech Masters
  • Toastmasters of Paris
  • Toastmasters 75


13:00   Welcome & Registration
13:30   Humorous Speech Contest
15:00   Break
15:30   Table Topics Contest
16:30   Awards Ceremony

When & Where ??

When: * Saturday 17 October  2015 *   13H00  –  17H00

Where: American Church in Paris – 65 Quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris

For more information, send us a message:

Register Now!

Fee & Payment

The fee is 15€ if we receive your payment before or on 12 October. It is 20€ if we receive it later.

BANK TRANSFER – send it to:
La Défense Toastmasters
IBAN : FR91 2004 1000 0168 0540 7M02 081

The RIB can also be found here:


CHECK  to the order of: La Défense Toastmasters
Send your check to: VERSTEEG, 62 rue François Arago, 78370 PLAISIR

To benefit from the Early bird rate (15€): come visit La Défense Toastmasters on Thursday 8 October (
At the door: regular fee (20€)

For more information, send us a message:

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What better to improve your public speaking than by observing those who already excel in it? Our ‘Get Inspired’ series will look at different people who have delivered incredible speeches and see what made them engage with the audience.

In the first of this series is Dananjaya Hettiarachchi from Sri Lanka who won the 2014 Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking. His speech, entitled ‘I see something’ encompasses all the elements of an excellent speech with elements of surprise, inspiration and humour.

These are the two things I found exquisitely done in Dananjaya’s speech.

Vocal Variety

Dananjaya used the fool-proof technique of repetition very well and not only weaved it cleverly in his speech but he used his title to turn it into a catchphrase. Combined with carefully timed pauses, the impact of each time he said the catchphrase, created a real connection with his audience – the evidence is in their rapturous laughter. This is what I found made his speech so powerful and egaging.

Body language

We know body language is important to delivering a good speech (no surprise that it’s part of Toastmaster’s Competent Communicator program) and Dananjaya’s gestures and movements are done with deliberation to add drama and visual emphasis to his words. Watch how his actions when he talks about his mother crying and how the emotions you felt when he described this.

Watch the video yourself and see how many best practices you can learn from his storytelling techniques. What did you found inspiring in Dananjaya’s speech? Let me know in the comments below.

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