So pleased to have won a toastmasters competition

… and it wasn’t just the unexpected winning that excites me about Toastmasters…Its the fact that attending #toastmasters has opened up my mind to understanding how different people think about the same topic…It has given me more discipline & commitment to complete a task…More importantly, it has helped me meet and get to know many wonderful people.

Why not join us today…Find details on how to in the bottom of this media release…

 Media contact: Andrea Boyed or visit our facebook page


 Area D1 Toastmasters Public Speaking competition a resounding success

Area D1 Toastmasters Clubs (Whakatane, Kawerau as well as two Gisborne clubs) were pleased at the good turnout at our Area Toastmasters speech competition held in Whakatane on Saturday 12th March 2016.
The event had a range of experienced speakers including Mr John Turner and Mr Peter Trevor who wowed the audiences with their respective speeches and evaluations.
A relatively new Toastmaster, Sneha Gray from the Kawerau Club, stunned the audience and other competitors with an excellent speech and a very thorough evaluation. She won both the International Speech and the Evaluation Contests. “There were times I thought I could never speak eloquently in public. My fellow experienced club members have shown me that anyone can speak well with a bit of motivation and support. I encourage anyone wanting to become more successful to join Toastmasters. You won’t regret it.” Said Mrs Gray.
The Chief Judge was Whakatane’s very own Dr John Twaddle.  Ms Susan Smith and Mrs Alison Baker were the other judges.
Speaking at the event, Area D1 Director, Mr Wil Blakeway said, “I am very impressed with the quality of the Speeches and Evaluations at today’s Area Contest, they were of an extremely high standard and Sneha is a very worthy winner of both contests and I am certain that she will do Area D1 proud when she represents the Area at the Division Competitions to be held in Rotorua on the 10th April”.


“Toastmasters is an organization that encourages and teaches people to grow in the art of public speaking and not only gives you the opportunity to speak but also to learn other skills including leadership skills i.e. Chairing the meeting for the evening, evaluating speeches using the CRC (Commend-Recommend -Commend) method etc. Speeches have specific objectives to be met that are laid down by Toastmasters International. There are other wonderful by-products as well, personal and unique to each person, besides the making of good quality friendships with people of all walks of life” he said.
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Toastmasters International is a nonprofit educational organization that teaches communication and leadership skills through a worldwide network of more than 14,650 clubs in 126 countries.


Toastmasters Kawerau meets regularly every fortnight on a Monday night at 6.55 pm at the Catholic Church Hall on Onslow Street;

Toastmasters Whakatane meets at 7pm every fortnight on a Monday at “St George & St John” – Anglican/Methodist Church, 30 Domain Road, Whakatane,

About Toastmasters International

Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., the organization’s membership exceeds 332,000 in more than 15,400 clubs in 135 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders. For information about local Toastmasters clubs, please visit Follow @Toastmasters on Twitter.



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