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Meeting 168 – Challenges at work

Yesterday we had our first meeting in Impact Hub Brno with the theme ‘Challenges at work’ with more than 20 people attending. It was a special event as we had Evel Meckarov who works as a Transformation Portfolio Manager at IBM and has many years of experience in building trainings and education programs for different types of audience. The Table Topics were also different thanks to Libor Mattus from Brno Toastmasters.

As a short overview, let us tell you what did we have as prepared speeches?

The Weak and the strong – Jan Grund, CC4

Should we help the weak one? This was the question asked by Jan in his 4th speech of the Competent Communication Manual and he exposed the two answers: Yes, we should help the weak ones as they can become strong and No, the strong one should exclude or even isolate the weak ones. We definitely found his opinion and enjoyed the speech ending stated as : ‘Any weak can become an IT geek’ .

Runecast – Stanimir Markov, CC4

Stanimir presented us for his 4th Project of Competent Communication Manual his Startup company Runecast and what they offer to their clients through their platform. His purpose was to inform and convince us that his platform build with 2 of his friends offers Proactive Support, Expertise, Deployment, Security, Integration and Prevention in a simple and unique manner.

Modern teaching and development techniques

We are all surrounded by education, workshops, self-help books, development articles. How to make sense of it all and how to choose the most effective development source for yourself. Evel taught us how to take it to the next level and design our own workshop or education material to be effective and fun.

The session was a true ‘wow’ for our audience as the 10 minutes of Q&A session seemed to be insufficient for all the questions we had and details we wanted to know.

A Different Type of Table Topics?

Yes, we can! Libor Mattus from Brno Toastmasters delighted us with a different type of table topics. Passionate about Chinese language he presented us 3 Chinese characters and how they are build from 2 other characters(words). The audience then had to think out of the box and explain why the specific character chosen would mean that (e.g. two characters ‘man’, ‘cloud’ would mean in one ‘to be able to , can’ so we had to think why the man on the cloud means to be able to do something).

The Club Officers are trying to do the meetings better and better so stay tuned for the upcoming decisions that we will communicate in the following days!

Hope to see you next week,

Ioana Pop

Challenge yourself in a Contest!

On 10th of March our club held the International Speech and Evaluation Contest 2015 where our members had the chance to prove their public speaking skills, all they have learned in Toastmasters and give their best.

We had Speeches in Czech and English and Evaluations in English and probably the very first time in the history of our Club two ladies will be representing us further in the Area Conference that will be held on 28th March in Olomouc.

The lucky winners are:

  • Prepared Speech in English – Tomas Galik 
  • Prepared Speech in Czech – Eva Vodickova 
  • Evaluation in English – Ioana Florentina Pop


Have you ever really considered what are the advantages that participating in a competition? There are indeed many as the competition is the ‘speaking skills booster’ that challenges you and gives you a totally different view on the following challenges such as completing your Toastmaster manual. It is a challenge because it might be one of the most stressful and demanding experiences for a club member but it is worth saying that:

  • Preparing for competition is a different level of preparation: you will use more your imagination straight from beginning to get  a great topic then you will refine it thinking ‘I compete with this!’
  • The contest atmosphere is giving you a special energy and once you accomplished your goal the next speeches seem much more enjoyable and ‘not so difficult’
  • Your confidence grows exponentially and if you also prepare for the contest the best you can, you learn how to structure and have better speeches

Anyone who joined a contest can say it’s a MUST TRY for any club member! So why not to dare next time (in less than 6 months) and see it yourself how it really is?

Good luck for all participants in the upcoming Area Contest!

Ioana Pop, VP PR

Let’s share experience!

Dear toastmasters and friends,

We learn weekly many useful tips during our Toastmasters meetings but only the ones present can take advantage of this. Why not publishing time to time the things we find useful and interesting?

From speeches, professional tips, ideas discussed before/after meetings, trainings or workshops, anything you might find useful for your fellow toastmasters and guests.

Happy sharing!