In a nutshell, Toastmasters international is a network of clubs all around the world, where you can practice your communication, public speaking and leadership skills.
If you look at Toastmasters broadly, it is a training program that you use to grow at your own pace and own focus – you can choose among 11 different learning focuses.
The organization itself is almost 100 years old and here you will find a perfect blend of approaches that worked throughout the years and newest trends in terms of skills and delivery methods.
You can also see the Toastmasters platform as a 'playground' – a place where you can try new things without fear of being judged in case of failure.
Interested to hear more? Join us every 1st and 3rd Monday in Ljubljana.
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Author: Brigita Tomas
Her business card says she is a change management consultant. She has a lot of knowledge about organizational and personal change. She is a team leader, soft skills trainer, mediator and mentor (and a pretty good travel planner, so I've been told). She is also a big believer in learning and personal development.
We are announcing a special conference Bonding wisdom and passion that we are organizing.
The conference is intended for:
* women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engeneering, Mathematic) professions
* to the engineers participating in the ‘Engineer of the Year’ initiative
* students with ambitions to work in STEAM professions
* managers and leaders
* personnel responsible for the implementation of good practices in the field of integration and development
Date: 18. 5. 2022 from 9 AM to 3 PM
Location: NIL d.o.o., Baragova 5, 1000 Ljubljana
Brigita is the first president of our club (2019-2020). Here are her reasons for being a Toastmaster and serving as a board member:
"Warm and relaxed yet professional atmosphere at meetings give me a chance to practice and enhance communication and leadership skills. The worldwide recognized educational system offers many challenges and learning opportunities. To serve as a board officer gives me the opportunity to shape and develop the Toastmasters Community in Slovenia and to help members get the most of what Toastmasters is offering in order to achieve their personal and career goals. Being part of the Toastmasters International also enables me to extend my network. Like-minded people with different backgrounds, experiences and different ‘modus operandi’ from all over the world expanded my horizons and agility.
Toastmasters is a great experience and it boosted my professional career as well. I would recommend it to everyone who would like to change, grow and lead. Hope to see you soon in one of the next Toastmasters events."
UPDATE July 2021: Brigita is an Area Director (Area F4) 2021/22.
UPDATE March, 2020: Brigita became the first DTM* in Slovenia! Congrats!
*DTM stands for Distinguished Toastmasters Member and is the highest award one can achieve within the Toastmasters International program.
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Being a part of the leadership board of the Toastmasters Business club in 2021/2022, Mateja Lumpert has this to say about her journey in Toastmasters:
''I joined the Toastmasters business club because I wanted to improve my public speaking skills. However, I soon realised that I did not just join a learning program, I joined a community, which supports and encourages members on their personal path. This year, I volunteered as a treasurer in the club leadership team and I'm responsible for the club’s bank account, paying bills and annual financial report.''
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Being a part of the leadership board of the Toastmasters Business club in 2021/2022, Gregor Železnik has this to say about his journey in Toastmasters:
''At the beginning of 2021, I have joint the Toastmasters community mostly to develop my communication skills. As I started to attend the meetings, I realised that this community could offer me much more than just development of communication skills. With the help of the Toastmasters community, I started to also develop skills like active listening, giving feedback, and leadership.
To start developing real leadership, and organisational skills I decided to become a part of the Toastmasters Business Club leadership team. As I was new to the community and leadership team, I decided to take up the role of Sergeant at arms. I believe this is a perfect role to learn more about the Toastmasters club, its organisation, and the community. I hope I will be able to contribute to the development of the Toastmasters Business Club and the Toastmasters community.''
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Being a part of the leadership board of the Toastmasters Business club in 2021/2022, Katarina Primožič Ramoveš has this to say about her journey in Toastmasters:
"Toastmasters had a very important influence on my career – it supported my professional development as an HR professional. The culture of mutual respect, support, personal development is something I value and have developed by being an active member, seizing all the opportunities I saw, being open to feedback and my professional growth. Being a part of a global community of proactive individuals that want to make a positive impact in the world, inspires me immensely. No wonder why Toastmasters is a way of life for me - and this is how I give back and am a volunteer for over a decade: by supporting the community, serving as an officer to support all the members and being an evangelist of self-development within TM world."
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