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Pictured above (l-r) Chet (Contest Chair), Phuc-An, Alexandra, Klaus and Marc.

Congratulations to all contestants who competed last night, especially our club winners Alexandra Manger – Evaluation Contest (third from left) and Marc Schuck – International Speech Contest (far right)…job well done. A special thanks to all those who took on functionary roles – Peter (Chief Judge), Chet (Contest Chair), jing, Matthew & Hiram (Judges), Steve & Pamoda (Timers), Liz (Target speaker), Claudia (Ballot counter) and Ilias (Sergeant at arms). Thank you for your time and effort you have put in over the last few weeks to make this contest a successful one.

Nuremberg Toastmasters is a part of Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. If you would like to know more about Nuremberg Toastmasters and your looking to improve your public speaking and leadership skills, then get in contact with us. You are welcome to attend our meetings any time.

We look forward to welcoming you to our next meeting.

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Pictured above (l-r) Peter Bird (ACB, CL) and Hiram Ergetu (CL)

Congratulation to Nuremberg Toastmasters club member Hiram Ergetu on achieving his Competent Leader (CL) award. Hiram has gained valuable leadership skills that will benefit him in all aspects of his life. These skills include: critical thinking, time management, planning and implementation, organising and delegating, facilitation, motivating people and team building.

Congratulations again and all the best in your Toastmasters journey.

Come and join us at our next meeting, we’d love to have you as our guest.

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It was -12 outside, but It was nice and warm inside at our Nuremberg Toastmasters club officers meeting.

The officer team gets together every few months to plan ahead and make sure our meetings are beneficial to all members. Looking ahead to the next half year we had lots of topics to discuss, including the International Speech and Evaluation Contest coming up on the 20th February, the next Debate in March and a hiking trip with Cherry blossoms in Franconia in April. We are also planning on having a comedy workshop mid to late 2017.

If you would like to join one of our meetings, please send us an email letting us know or simply pop in at 18:45 for a 19;00 start.

See you at our next meeting.

img_2364I have been a member of Nuremberg Toastmasters for nearly ten years. But last nights performance was just outstanding. Chet, our Toastmaster of the Evening, was really well prepared. He led us through the evening in the true Christmas spirit – not only with a Santa hat but in verse!!!! Yes, you read correctly. He moderated the whole evening in rhymes!

All of his introductions were little poems and he even accounted for some last minute changes – doing some rhyming on the fly. Well done Chet! You really set the mood.

After our lovely and lively meeting, including a debating session as a welcome change from table topics and outstanding evaluations we had a sumptuous Christmas feast with hot mulled wine and ginger bread cake (mentally well prepared, since we had a Ginger Bread speech given by Liz shortly before).

To all our guests at Nuremberg Toastmasters this year and to all our members who could not make last night’s meeting:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Hope to see you all again at the next meeting on January 2nd 2017.

What an amazing two days it was at the UNBOX YOURSELF District 95 Fall Conference in Warsaw, Poland. It was great to meet so many Toastmasters from many different countries and share the conference experience together.

Congratulations to Nuremberg Toastmasters club member Marc Schuck who came 3rd in the English Humorous Speech Contest. It was such a great achievement especially after only joining Toastmasters two years earlier.

But the journey to Poland was not an easy one. After a cancelled flight, and other options not working out, it was down to a bus trip, a 17 hour bus trip!

We were all smiles as we boarded the bus for the 5 hour first leg to Berlin. With wi-fi, light snacks and great company…what more could you want.
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As we arrived at the Berlin ZOB a large red sign with the words ‘PANDA Chinese restaurant’ caught our eye. We looked at the sign, then each other, we were hungry!

The two hour dinner break flew by, and it was now time to jump back on the bus. It was a different bus this time, with slightly smaller seats, and not much wi-fi happening. The bus was full, jam packed, but off we went. From 7:30pm until 5am the next morning we tried to sleep but were woken up by people getting on & off every few hours.

Finally we made it to the bus station in Warsaw, now all we needed to do was take a taxi to the hotel. It was like we were in the amazing race…trying to make it before the registration briefing opened in the morning for the speakers.

We arrived at the hotel and checked in, had a shower and then went to sleep. It was an exhausting journey…17 hours mostly in a small seat on a bus.

The conference was an experience which started with a keynote speech by George Yen, DTM. George told us many stories from his past linking them to the 3 essences of leadership success – being, doing and having. There were also many great workshops including ‘key to effective social media strategy’ and ‘story telling made easy’ just to name a few.

The semi-final speech contests were very competitive and at such a high standard. Marc delivered a great speech making it through to the final the next day.

During the final Marc once again delivered a great speech, lifting the bar even higher. Having worked on it even during the evening of the night before, there was nothing left to do except sit back, relax and wait for the results to be read out at the gala dinner.

It was a long wait, but finally Marc’s name was read out as third place winner. He ran up with excitement and collected his trophy in his trademark orange suit. It was great to experience this moment with him, after having started the journey together at the club contest.

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District 95 3rd place winner

Congratulations again Marc Schuck, a well deserved prize at the end of such a long journey.

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Nuremberg Toastmasters is a part of Toastmasters International, a non-profit educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. If you would like to know more about Nuremberg Toastmasters, Humorous Speaking and your looking to improve your public speaking and leadership skills, then get in contact with us. You are welcome to attend our meetings any time.

We look forward to your visit.

On the weekend, the Toastmasters Division I, Fall (Autumn) 2016 Contest was held in Munich with the theme Inspiring Growth & Excellence. And what an excellent and inspiring conference it was. I for one was very inspired, both by the quality of the competitors and by the other events on the agenda.

The contest featured a humorous speech contest, table topics contest, Wettbewerb Humoristische Rede, and Wettbewerb Stegreifrede. Margaret Jankowsky from Noris Toastmasters placed 2nd in the table topics contest. And our very own Marc Schuck placed second in the Wettbewerb Stegreifrede and won the humorous speech contest.

Congratulations to both Margaret and Marc! We’re all very proud of you both. Marc’s going on to represent us in Warsaw at the upcoming conference. All the best Marc!

And here are some photos to capture the memories of the event. Enjoy.

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The Toastmasters Area 4 Contest was held on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 at the Nachbarschaftshaus Gostenhof. It was a great evening with Nuremberg Toastmasters Marc Schuck winning the Humorous Speech Contest and German Table Topic Contest (Stegreifredenwettbewerb), and Loai Hesham coming second in the English Table Topics Contest.

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Marc Schuck will now go on to represent Area 4 in both contests in Munich at the end of October. Good luck Marc!

Special thanks to fellow club members who filled roles throughout the evening: Claudia Dittrich, Elisabeth Schwille, Peter Bird and especially Alexandra Manger who was Contest Chair.

Job well done.

The Nuremberg Toastmasters Club hosted a Debating Workshop on Saturday, 24 September 2016 which was led by DTM Christopher Magyar. Toastmasters from other clubs also joined in the fun, making it not only a great learning experience, but also gave members the opportunity to network and share different ideas.

The very practical workshop provided members with a chance to learn:
1. The basics of debating
2. How to express, respond to and argue about points of view persuasively and confidently
3. How to collaborate with others in planning, preparing for and conducting a debate
4. Exploring different perspectives, develop and justifying ideas

Here are a few photos from the day:
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Christopher Magyar has been a Toastmaster since 1991. In his Toastmaster life he was a District Governor, the Lieutenant Governor of Education and Training, Chairman of the Continental Council of European Toastmasters (forerunner of District 59 – he lobbied for the creation of District 59), Vice Chairman of Education of the Continental Council of European Toastmasters, and Area Governor four times. The first officer training he ever attended was the one he gave. He has been charter member of four different clubs and helped found four more. Magyar completed the Competent Communicator program in English, German and Italian, attended over 50 district conferences in Europe, England, Ireland and New York as well as 10 Toastmasters International conventions in the U.S. and Canada. He has won the district Humorous Speech Contest, Evaluation Contest and Table Topics Contest and coached District speech-contest winners. Twice he judged the World Championship of Public Speaking.

If you would like to know more about Toastmasters International or what Nuremberg Toastmasters can offer you, we would be glad to welcome you to our next meeting. Please send a short email letting us know to our Vice President Membership.

Come and check out Toastmasters!

We look forward to your visit.

On Monday, 5 September 2016 Nuremberg Toastmasters once again held a Table Topics and Humorous Speech Club Contest. It was an exciting competition with many experienced and new members participating.

The night kicked off with the Table Topics Contest where contestants were called up one by one and received the same question from the contest chair. With no prior knowledge of the question, contestants had 1- 2 minutes to answer. If the speech was less than 1 minutes or more than 2min 30sec, they would have been disqualified.

Pictured below is Table Topics Contest winners (l-r): 2nd place – Peter Bird (ACB, CL), Hiram Ergetu – Contest Chair and 1st Place – Loai Hesham.

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For the Humorous Speech contest, contestants had to prepare a 5-7 min speech with a topic of their choice, consisting of an opening, body and conclusion.

Pictured below is Humorous Speech Contest winners (l-r): Contest Chair – Matthew Setter, 1st place – Marc Schuck (CC), and 2nd place – Skylor Zhang.

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Nuremberg Toastmasters Club Contest Participants: Hiram Ergetu (Contest Chair), Peter Bird (ACB, CL), Hans-Joachim Roesler (CC), Skylor Zhang, Loai Hesham, Marc Schuck, Phuc-An Tran (CC, CL) and Matthew Setter (Contest Chair).

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If you would like to know more about Nuremberg Toastmasters, Table Topics or Humorous Speaking and your seeking to improve your public speaking and leadership skills, then get in contact with us now. You are welcome to attend our meetings any time.

We look forward to your visit.

On June 16, a number of officers from the clubs in Area I4 of Toastmasters District 95 assembled at the DAI for a club officer training day.

During the day, we learned a lot about the roles at Toastmasters, made new friendships, and continued to build existing friendships. There were quite a large number of energetic discussions which, whilst we didn’t all agree, helped to further understanding and knowledge within all the members present.

Here’s a selection of photos from the day.

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Club officer training - Area I4 of the District 95
Club officer training - Area I4 of the District 95
Club officer training - Area I4 of the District 95
Club officer training - Area I4 of the District 95
Club officer training - Area I4 of the District 95
Club officer training - Area I4 of the District 95