We are Speaking Elephants – Toastmasters Club from Warsaw

Our club’s mission is people. Our organization’s founder, Dr. Ralph Smedley, once said, ‘Ours is the only organization I know that is dedicated to the individual’.

We strongly believe in those words and work together to bring out the best in each of us. Speaking Elephants is a place that provides its members with the opportunity to grow and learn.

We simply get more speaking done before 8:30 than most people do all day. This is what our Elephants expect, this is why they stay and bring friends. The numbers follow the people, as it should be. Our club provides an encouraging environment so that those who are not accustom to speaking can feel at ease. With portions of the meeting like table topics, the meetings are often fun and filled with excitement. Joining us you can grow both professionally and personally.

You are around individuals who want to improve their communication skills and more importantly want you to improve your communication skills as well. One of the things people notice about our club is how different not only the speeches are, but how different and varied the background and ages of the participants is.

Enjoy some of our Club members’ speeches from the comfort of your own home! What makes our club one of the premier public speaking groups in Poland is the quality and diversity of the topics of the speeches that you will hear. Another aspect of the Speaking Elephants Video Resources is the fact that our speeches are usually followed by evaluations. By actively listening, providing reinforcement for the speakers’ strengths and gently offering useful advice, we, as a Toastmasters Club, motivate members to work hard and improve. By giving feedback, we are contributing to our fellow Club members’ improvement. Preparing and presenting evaluations is also an opportunity to practice listening, critical thinking, feedback and motivation skills.

 

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BBQ Time!

August 6, 2016, 11:00am

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There comes the time when it is a good idea to slow down and just enjoy the moment. Even if you are a motivated speaker or dedicated leader, it is wise to take a rest. Life is not only about big momen...

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Life hacks

July 26, 2016, 6:45pm - July 26, 2016, 8:45pm

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Without doubt part of the life’s definition is that it is demanding. It demands work and discipline. It demands dealing with problems and confronting our weaknesses. It demands facing difficulties h...

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This week we had a special occasion. As some of you remember a new executive board has been elected recently and since the beginning of July it replaced the old administration. For that reason on Tuesday, 19th of July, in the second part of the meeting, just after the break, we had an installation ceremony after which the new team officially started to hold the office.

The new president of our club – Roman Gudym – delivered a long speech in which he presented the plan of the new administration and a set of goals to be reached. Being aware that a club, like any type of organization, is composed of people that really bring the whole structure into being, he encouraged all members to actively participate in its development. It was a long, passionate, but also modest speech, in which Roman proved that he possesses values of a true leader – authenticity and integrity as well as the understanding of the role of people.

The new executive board would like to thank the previous team for the very successful year of their administration and promises to do their best to not only sustain the present quality, but to push it even further.

Unfortunately, our newly elected vice president of membership had to resign, and therefore we are in a search of a new candidate. Keep your years and ears wide open for the upcoming news on the matter.

As for the rest of the meeting, it went according to a standard schedule. Antoni Jakubowski, toastmaster of the evening, revealed part of the secret about his recipe for staying always young. He emphasized the duality of youth, sharing methods for shaping the mind and showing exercises for shaping the body. One more time he enchanted us with his vigor by embodying it in his playfulness.

We had three equally engaging speeches during the meeting. First, Eliza had her Ice-breaker, in which with confidence she expressed her unseen with the audience eye nervousness and told us about her studies in the Warsaw Film School. In second speech, from the project “Vocal Variety”, Jarosław talked about his sometimes difficult relationships with dear ones and explained how to effectively communicate and resolve conflicts with people that are especially close to our hearts. In the last speech, from the project “Persuade with Power”, Maja expressed her concern about nowadays limited positivity among people and she not only persuaded us how important it is to smile, but actually made us do it during the meeting.

Even though the table topics’ master had to cancel his participation at the last minute Antoni proved what kind of an experienced Toastmaster he is by preparing emergency table topics questions and running the show. The award of the impromptu contest goes to Gautham Suresh, congratulations Gautham.

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The Year of the Dragon - 24 January 2012

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How to be always young?

July 19, 2016, 6:45pm - July 19, 2016, 8:45pm

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There is a popular belief that the happiest moment in human life is during his young age. It is then, when his body is in prime, giving him energies for rendezvous with his passions and desires. Each ...

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Holidays took off for good. Many of us either are already taking a break from their regular lives or soon will be on their ways to the desired destinations of relaxation. But holidays is not only a moment of rest. Often, it is also a moment of crisis. It is a crisis of faith, because we finally find time and space to let all those existential thoughts that throughout the year were blocked by regularities of our daily routine. It is a crisis in its original Ancient Greek sense of the word, that is a moment of separation and decision. Finally, as in the Chinese meaning, crisis is an opportunity.

Here, in Speaking Elephants, we don’t avoid difficult topics. We confront them, because we know it is necessary for growth. And this is what our new president, Roman Gudym, did at the last meeting. As the Toastmaster of the evening, he tackled important aspects crisis. He spoke about the crisis of functionaries’ shortage that any Toastmasters’ club can face and about the midlife crisis among many, inspiring difficult discussions and sharing his own uplifting thoughts and experiences.

There were two speeches during the meeting. First was an Ice Breaker delivered by our new member, Victoria Tudoran, in which she compared her experiences of living in two culturally different cities: Odessa and Warsaw. Second speech from the project “Your Body Speaks” was delivered by Barbara Dumara. During her address Barbara presented theory and practice of proper pronunciation in English, by comparing anatomy of human mouth to an instrument and convincing everybody that in the end it’s a matter of correct attunement – you just need to know when to pull which organic string.

Unsurprisingly, again, we had a surprise of two ex aequo winners in table topics contest. Krzysztof shared his dramatic experience of his first public appearance in an answer to the question: “Have you ever been in a real pickle?” and Marianna explained her own understanding of the saying: “Every cloud has a silver lining”.

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Crisis has been resolved, time to grow!
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The Year of the Dragon - 24 January 2012

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