My turning point in Toastmasters happened when I was elected President about a year ago. Serving as president has given me many many opportunities to practice giving prepared and impromptu speeches.
For example, my president's welcome at every club meeting involves a lot of thought, preparation and practice. It like giving a mini speech at every meeting.
I also get to practice my impromptu conversational speaking because I talk story with many guests, prospective members, district officers and club officers from other clubs. I strive to make the best first impression no matter who I'm speaking with so I really have to think quick on my feet.
Have you had a turning point in Toastmasters yet? Serving as our next club president could be it!!
- Kimberly Okamura, President, 2010 - 2011
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It's been a privilege
serving as VP Public Relations, President, and VP Membership of Kapolei
Toastmasters over the past three years.
I get such a charge from helping others in little ways that gets them
moving in a positive direction; first gaining their self-confidence then
finding their speaking voice. I've seen
people literally transformed by their Toastmasters experience with positive
outcomes in all aspects of their lives... their work, home and
relationships. And it's so satisfying
when they, in turn, pay it forward by helping others.
I look back on my
personal journey in the various Officer roles as a master class in
leadership. My work in organizational
development has given me a unique opportunity to be exposed to leadership
courses and coaches, and I can attest the Toastmasters leadership program is
competitive and in some ways superior.
Get involved and learn from experienced Toastmasters who are the real
deal... true leaders.
Pay it forward by
choosing to make a difference as an Officer of Kapolei Toastmasters!
- Barney Asato, CC, CL, VP-PR, 2010 - 2011
"I have had the privilege of serving
as Secretary, Treasurer, and VP of Public Relations for the Kapolei Toastmasters
Club. Participating in a leadership role has taught me many valuable
technical skills but more importantly, the people skills that really make
a difference in life. Rather than just show up, I feel a sense of
pride and contribution in making this club a successful one that other
clubs look to model.
Most importantly, I feel glad that we've
built such a strong foundation among our entire membership that we have
many future leaders who will take Kapolei Toastmasters even further, and
that's definitely something to look forward to!"
-Bryan Toda, Secretary/Treasurer 2008-2009,
VP Public Relations 2010-2011
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participating I have been the recipient of many benefits. I feel my
involvement in this positive learning process has improved my communication and
leadership skills and has opened up a portal to new and exciting opportunities
to grow, improve my self confidence and achieve personal
I am currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for
the Club. Serving as an officer has been an outstanding experience for
me. Not only do I continue to gain new organizational, planning and
listening skills, but most importantly it has given me the opportunity to get
to know and work together with a group of very professional, talented and
dedicated individuals, who have the best interest of each club member's
learning experience in mind.
By attending the executive meetings I had a
first hand awareness of the work that is done behind every club meeting and the
successful results of working together towards a common goal.
wider perspective, by serving in this capacity, I have been able to be an
active part of the growth and personal development of the members of our club
and that is a very rewarding experience. It was a highlight at the last
officer training I attended, to hear the positive opinion that District 49
experienced toastmasters have of our club, because of the policies and
high standards of achievement that Kapolei Toastmasters follow. What a
privilege for me receive such special rewards!
- Jennifer Sonson, Secretary/ Treasurer, 2010 - 2011
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of Public Relations was a great growing experience for me personally. It
helped me dramatically improve the two main goals Toastmasters wants its members
to achieve, to excel in communication and leadership. I was able to
achieve Competent Communication status and successfully compete in multiple
speech competitions while I was an officer. The experience that I've
gained from being an officer at Toastmasters Kapolei is PRICELESS and I would
not trade it for anything!!!!" |
- David Do, CC, VPPR, 2009 - 2010