Our club belongs to Toastmasters International, a nonprofit educational organization with a global network of clubs.
The English Theatre cooperates with the VHS Buxtehude and the Kulturforum am Hafen e.V. Check out the current production!
TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).
This is the place where we meet twice a month (unless there is a pandemic going on, then we meet online).
In 2020 a German-speaking debating club was founded in cooperation with Toastmasters and the VHS Buxtehude.
Random Questions for the warm-up round
Hello Toastmasters of the evening! Looking for a question for the warm-up round? Then take a look at this website!
Online letter game, free to play
Guess the WORDLE in six tries. Each guess must be a valid five-letter word. Hit the enter button to submit. It´s a funny way to expand your vocabulary.
Other Toastmasters clubs in the area
There are numerous Toastmasters clubs around the world, and Toastmasters is also well represented in Northern Germany. Some clubs are German-speaking, some English-speaking and some bilingual. Each club has its own flair, its own personal touch, but the process and structure is the same everywhere. This makes it easy and pleasant to visit other clubs. We like to visit each other – it’s like visiting friends and you often get new ideas and inspiration for your own club.
Once a year we have speech contests at Toastmasters:
1.) Club contest
2.) Area contest
3.) Division contest
4.) District contest
5.) World championship
We start with contests at the club level. These are usually held in February/ March. The best speakers qualify for the Area contest. Then we move on to Division level and District level. The highest competition is the World Championship, which is held every August. Each contest is appealing in its own way!
And these are the competitions:
- International speeches ( = prepared speeches, 5-7 min)
- Table topics (= impromptu speeches, 1-2 min)
- Evaluation speeches (= Who gives the best evaluation speech? 2-3 min)
How are the participants evaluated? What are the criteria? You can see it here in the judges´ ballots. They are officially used for the contests:
English speaking contests:
German speaking contests:
Winning speeches of Toastmasters World championships
Each year, thousands of Toastmasters, representing over 100 countries, battle for the title of World Champion of Public Speaking.
Winning speech 2022:
The Internet is a treasure trove when it comes to examples of exceptional speeches. At Toastmasters, the art of the inspirational speech as well as the humorous speech has always been cultivated. Here we present a few beautiful examples – from the Toastmasters world and from outside.
Do you also have a favorite speech? Then we would be happy if you recommend it to us.
Dananjaya Hettiarachchi is the World Champion of Public Speaking 2014. Watch his full speech (video 7:53 min).
Dan Pallotta gave this inspiring TED speech in 2013: “The way we think about charity is dead wrong” (video 18:48 min).
“Ouch!” is the title of the speech with which Darrren LaCroix won the World Championship in 2003 (video 8:17 min).
Amanda Gorman reading her poem “The hill we climb” during the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. January 20, 2021 (video 14:44 min).
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