Amazing! This is the way of describing the last few months!
On October 24th, the Division M Fall Conference took place in Lisbon (at Ordem dos Engenheiros) where more than 80 people gathered for a fantastic event with contests, keynote speeches and several pitches!
The contest winners were:
- Humorous Speech in Portuguese – Orlando Martins (Business Speakers TM)
- Humorous Speech in Spanish – Paulo Martins (Business Speakers TM)
- Humorous Speech in Dutch – Áurea Sequeira (Young Entrepreneurs Toastmasters Club)
- Humorous Speech in English – Paulo Martins (Business Speakers TM)
- Table Topics in Portuguese – José Esteves (Taguspark TM)
- Table Topics in English – Mariana Vieira (Business Leaders TM)
At District 59 Fall Conference in Amsterdam, our champions Áurea, Mariana and Paulo were superb, and although they did not win, they represented us very well. During the event, Ricardo Cabete also presented a highly participated workshop called “Light Your Fire”, which got the audience on fire.
One of the highlights of the Gala Dinner, was the moment were our most recent DTM, Sara Magalhães, received recognition from the District on her achievement, with her being the first female DTM in Portugal and our Immediate Past Division Governor.
The first edition of the “From Speaker to Trainer” was held on December 7th (in Club ISCTE, the venue of Business Speakers and Advanced Toastmasters Runners), and a second edition is being prepared for the next semester. Participants who want to run put in practice what they’ve learned and present their own Toastmasters workshops will be helped by this team and receive follow up and feedback. This program is being managed by Sara Magalhães (magalhaess), so if you want to participate contact her.
Several clubs/areas are preparing to host “The of Effective Evaluation” workshops in order to improve the quality of evaluation within our sessions. Thinking about this? Get in touch with Nuno Maximiano (nmaximiano).
We already had some Youth Leadership Projects, but are striving for more. If you want to participate in these projects, know of an opportunity for these programs or simply want to know more, Fernando Santos Costa (tm.fernando) is the person managing these programs.
This first semester we’ve created two new clubs, Toastmasters @ HP Lisbon and Cisco Lisbon Toastmasters. We have some more prospects and leads, so if you want to help or have an idea for a new club contact Flávio Oliveira (FlavioCFO).
On January 16th, we are having together with Division D, our Toastmasters Leadership Institute. It’s the first event of the next semester, and is being hosted at the Instituto Superior Técnico at Taguspark (Porto Salvo/Oeiras). All officers and members are invited to participate in this event, attending training for officers, workshops and having a lot of fun. Thinking about hosting one of the workshop? We will be accepting applications in a couple days. More news on our event we’ll be sent over to all members.