This page has news about Toastmasters activities around New Zealand and the world.
"You can't tell by looking that I'm...."
In this fascinating talk titled "How to be normal (and why not to be)", Jolene Stockman takes us into the world of "Tangata Takiwatanga" (autistic people) and shows how Toastmasters has helped her decide what "normal" means for her. Jolene was "diagnosed" with autism as an adult after years of trying to "fit in"; her description of that process makes this an inspiring lesson for us all.
Watch Jolene's talk on youtube
Radio With Toastmasters
Sometimes we receive requests to provide members to work with other organisations. In a recent example, Radio NZ asked us to participate in Jim Mora's panel discussion on national radio. The topic was whether "students should be forced to speak in front of their class if frightened". You can read the article from The Atlantic that prompted this discussion here.
District 72 Public Relations Manger David O'Brien volunteered to comment on this discussion, and highlighted how Toastmasters could help fill gaps schools may have left in students' communication skills.
LISTEN TO THE PANEL DISCUSSION
More recently. Directories Officer Mike Diggins was asked to record an interview with Radio Rhema on the art of conversation and in particular the importance of "small talk". The focus was on conversation, given this was recorded at the start of the "party season" in offices and around barbecues.
LISTEN TO THE RADIO RHEMA INTERVIEW