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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Cezary Walenciuk, a long-time and experienced Toastmasters' speaker, also a member of our club, is organizing a special meeting. It will be held this Saturday, at the Łazarski Academy, and will be dedicated to watching videos of the best speakers of Toastmasters World Championships. The purpose of the meeting will be to discuss and carefully analyze every speech as to find out the pros and the cons of the speaking skills.

The meeting is available only to those who are members of any Toastmasters club
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Oglądanie Najlepszych mów z Toastmasters 2012-2016

October 22, 2016, 1:00pm - October 22, 2016, 4:00pm

Korzystając z faktu, że jestem posiadaczem płyt z mowami na poziomie światowym z lat 2012-2016. Oficjalnie zapraszam was na wspólne oglądanie tych płyt DVD. Jeśli ktoś nie miał okazji obej...

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There are things in this world that, even though so prevalent, remain a mystery. One of the most puzzling of all is love. When you hear the word love, at first, you seem to know what it is, but when asked to explain, you find it hard to put it into words. Many things have been said about love, but often though, they are so different, that it appears like if each person speaks about something else.

For some, it is the romantic rapture that usually begins relationships. Others won't say "I love you" before being with someone for a minimum of five years amount of time. Some easily fall in and out of love, others can love until death. Of course there are those who reduce love to pure chemistry, arguing that it plays solely an adaptive role, but it’s as saying that human beings are mere flesh and bones, throwing away the whole drama of human existence - the emotional upheavals and passionate struggles that make people die for loved ones or a beautiful cause as well as commit suicide out of desperation.

This love, one that is shared between two persons that commit to a relationship, is of course but only one expression of a whole spectrum of love. There is the parental love, especially the unconditioned love of a mother to a child. Then, there is the platonic love or simply a friendship. But there are also many kinds of love that aren’t directed at other people: love of nature, of animals and plants. There is love of wisdom, otherwise known as philosophy. Finally, there is the love to create found especially among artist. And the list goes on.

Having all that in mind it’s easy to see how totally different experiences of love can be. Even if they belong to the same category, each experience is individual and unique. And this will be the impulse for our discussions on the upcoming meeting. The always exuberant Gautham Suresh, who easily infects others with his passion for self-development, will be the toastmaster of the evening. Come and share your idea of love :)
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October 18, 2016, 6:45pm - October 18, 2016, 8:45pm

There are things in this world that, even though so prevalent, remain a mystery. One of the most puzzling of all is love. When you hear the word love, at first, you seem to know what it is, but when a...

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Our friends from Top Careers Toastmasters are organizing a storytelling workshop which will be led by Adam Pioch. The meeting will be held in Polish. Everyone is most welcome :) ... See MoreSee Less

Storytelling, czyli jak opowiadać historie?

October 18, 2016, 6:00pm - October 18, 2016, 9:00pm

Zapraszamy na kolejne wyjątkowe spotkanie, które rozpocznie się (uwaga!) o godz. 18.00 warsztatem ze Storytellingu, który poprowadzi sam Adam Pioch! Adama nie trzeba nikomu przedstawiać. Zainspir...

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The Winter slowly approaches, steadily reveling her countenance like a moon rising on the horizon, and the days are getting colder. It seems that Autumn, with each season, gets more and more tired with the freeze. In the past, she used to give us shelter for whole three months. Now, the painful rays of the frost radiate from the future like never before and it became too unbearable even for the princess of yellow and red. She has to fall and give way to the queen of ice.

But here, in Toastmasters’ Speaking Elephants club, no matter how unpleasant it is outside, the temperature always remains ideally comfortable, like in a good-night bath. Our kind-hearted member, Maja Szczucińska, who was the toastmaster of the evening, catered for the warm atmosphere by igniting thoughtful and inspiring discussions about the winter time. We discussed effective ways of harnessing energy during this season as well as personal attitudes toward it. Some spoke about embracing the cold as to realize the fundamental polarity of existence in order to later enjoy fully the hot days of summer. Others mentioned different methods of being active, as to produce more internal heat that will help endure the harsh breaths of ice and frost.

We had three prepared speeches during this meeting. First was delivered by Paweł Zugaj, who talked about his experiences with powerlifting and how he learnt to transfer lessons from this extremely demanding sport to any other area of life or pursuit. In the second speech, Gautham Suresh presented lucid and concrete methods of battling social anxiety, from simple approaching strangers in order to ask for directions to “I don’t give a damn” dance walking through the crowded streets of Warsaw. Last speech was delivered by Ola Kulesza who told her romantic, exciting story of falling in love with the privilege of organizing and leading big events and high-level speech contests.

The table topics’ session was won by one of our guests. Originally from Philadelphia, now a long time resident of Warsaw, Adam gave a humorous advise to all those who complain about either too low or too high temperatures: if cold in Poland is unbearable for you, go to Russia, and try to endure one winter there; if, on the other hand, heat is painful, go to Southern India, and spent one season there. In either case, the reversal of complaining is guaranteed :)

As you can see, having such stimulating discussions and unique speeches, it’s impossible to complain about anything in our club. In Speaking Elephants you will always find enthusiasm that will heat you up inside just to the perfect temperature :)
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The Year of the Dragon - 24 January 2012

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Our friends from the Toastmasters Polska SA club are organizing a special meeting about how to deal with crises and unpredictabilities that one can face in public speaking. Everybody's most welcome :) ... See MoreSee Less

How to deal with public discussion and unpredictable situations?

October 12, 2016, 7:00pm - October 12, 2016, 9:00pm

Life surprises us. There are many situations, where we should stay steady and defeat the failure. How we can manage crisis in front of the audience or camera, during public discussion or in the interv...

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