Toastmaster event 09 June 2015

The meeting on the 9th June was another successful and outstanding night. Although the venue was moved to the top floor, people’s passion was not being impaired – more than 20 members and guests attended the meeting on such a lovely summer evening.

The key word of the evening was ‘surprisingly’ – indeed surprisingly three of the speeches are all for manual 2 – “to organize your speech.”

The meeting started with the speech from Anna Korovatskaya -who led us to her journey ‘search for meaning’. Anna’s speech focused on her personal experiences – from her childhood dream of longing for a pair of Western Jeans, to her dreams came to – a happy marriage, a nice flat and a good job. Then Anna realized that happiness is not just about to fulfil your material needs, its more about the happiness inside. Its not an easy journey, Anna had the courage to reveal to the audiences about the shadow in the past, and how she faced it and fought it. At the end, Anna told us ‘happiness is not something to search for, it’s something you can create’.

Another two speeches are rather scientific but still interesting. Julia gave us an insight about the theoretical background of Genetic Modified Organism, and the benefits for producing GMO crops for human beings. She also added scientific proofs making her speech more convincing.

Etienne gave us the speech about Money. His speech shared a lot of knowledge about the histories and functions behind the money. He even brought a gold bar trying to demonstrate the value of money.

The table topic for that night was really a nerve breaking one. Everyone had to answer some unexpected questions from children about “Why?”. Our friend from toastmaster Barcelona club was asked ‘Why does rain smells funny?”. She provided the answer with “all rain smells funny, but they smell differently, the rain smells nice in the country side and smells bad in the city.” That is a quite environmental concept.

The highlight of the evening was from our guest Daniela. She was asked by “why the leaves turned red in the autumn?” Daniela gave the most impressive table topic speech I have ever seen. She illustrated that 4 seasons represents four different ladies. E.g The lady from spring is young and dynamic; the lady from summer is fertile and mature. While the lady from autumn is a witch who want to show people all the colours of the world before winter is coming. The speech is full of imagination. Also the language and the emotion in the speech was excellent!!

Followings table topics were: Kevin answered “why chickens have no toe” by given the fact that he used to have “chicken script” in his writing. Tatyana demonstrated that human beings have toes because they need to do yoga and their need to paint their toenails to look sexier.

The best speaker of the night was Anna Korovatskaya, the best evaluator was Katarina Korzova,  and the best table topics is Daniela.IMG_0604


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WORKSHOP ON EVALUATION – On Tuesday 26th May 2015

On Tuesday 26th May 2015 Lesley Stephenson will coach a special educational session on “How to evaluate”. This will be a very instructive workshop for all.

Providing critical feedback in a constructive and supportive manner is a cornerstone of Toastmasters. A well delivered evaluation not only motivates the speaker to continue onto their next project but the evaluator learns some invaluable leadership skills.

The workshop will be held in the Carolistube of the Blue Monkey.

This is a great opportunity to improve your evaluation skills – so don’t miss it!

A little about Lesley Stephenson:
For those members, who many not already know Lesley, she is an international keynote speaker and communications expert. As a sought-after corporate trainer, Lesley helps hundreds of clients each year to reach communication excellence. We are truly privileged that Lesley will be sharing her experience and knowledge.
Tim Birch

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Sergey Sarykalin achieves first place at the Division E – International Speech Contest Switzerland

We are very pleased to announce that Sergey Sarykalin achieved first place at the Division E – International Speech Contest Switzerland.

Photo by Tatyana Mishchenko

Photo by Tatyana Mishchenko

This is a major achievement and we are very proud of Sergey´s success. We would also like to thank all other contestants for the effort.

We wish Sergey all the very best at the next level of the contest, which will be held at the D59 Spring Conference in Porto 15-17 May 2015

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Toastmasters International Speech and Evaluation Contests

On the 3rd of March Zuriberg will hold its Club Speech/Evaluation Contests

  • This meeting sees the start of the Toastmasters International Speech Contest. This is the first round and involves members from the Zuriberg club. There are actually two contests being held in parallel namely the Speech and Evaluation contests.

On the 17th of March Zuriberg is proud to host the Area E7 Toastmasters International Speech Contests.

  • This is the second round and involves members from clubs in Area E7. Two contests are again being held in parallel namely the Speech and Evaluation contests.

On the 25th of April the Divisional Level will be held in Lausanne

Winners of the area contest will attend the divisional level in Lausanne.



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October 21st club meeting – date change

On an exceptional basis we host our club meeting on October 21st instead of October 28th. In November, the schedule reverts back to normal, with the next upcoming meeting on November 11th. The venue and starting time are the usual ones, Blue Monkey at 18:45.

Hope to see you there!

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