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  • 21 September 2017

Come join a Toastmasters club!

Heard of Toastmasters? Ever wondered what it was?

Did you know that we now have the first Toastmasters company club in Unilever in Europe set up at URDV in Vlaardingen? Here is a personal story about one of the founding members of our club “Unilever Toasties” and information about clubs you can visit.

“My Toastmasters experience” by Chiharu Inoue, Research Scientist in Vlaardingen

Several years ago I joined Rotterdam Toastmasters club. My terrible fear and stress when speaking to an audience gradually relaxed through practicing at twice monthly meetings and I gained much more confidence since then. I even performed on the stage of a public speaking event ‘Pechakucha20x20’. Beside my Toastmasters friends, my colleagues also noticed that my presentation skills significantly improved at work. In Toastmasters meetings, a person is able to practice all elements of public speaking at their own pace (e.g. body language, speaking with objects, getting to the point, etc.) and additionally work on their improvisational speaking abilities.

 

I further realized and appreciated that Toastmasters offered me skills to organize and facilitate various events. With my new skills, I was able to organize many charity events, together with Japanese friends in The Netherlands, to help people after the March 2011 horrific earthquake in Japan. These events required communicating with various people and applying different leadership skills such as time management, motivating people, team building and so on.

 

From my experience, I think Toastmasters is a fantastic opportunity for UEN members to improve self-confidence with communication and leadership skills, as well as meet new people in a friendly and supportive environment. And this is also one of the reasons why 3 years ago I took up the challenge of setting up a company Toastmasters club at URDV with the help of another colleague who is a long-term Toastmaster (Mia Benjamin). With currently around 20 members (there is still space for many more members!), we are helping fellow Unilever colleagues develop themselves professionally, often in agreement with their line managers and personal development plans. A truly fantastic win-win situation for Unilever and the company’s employees!

 

You are invited to visit one of our club meetings. At work (URDV) or at a community club near you! Guests are always very welcome. Just come along (no need to register beforehand) and have a look! “

 

At work during the day – our company club Unilever Toasties (English)

Every 2nd Tuesday at 12:40 -13:55 and 4th Thursday at 16:00-17:30 (subject to change)
At URDV, Olivier van Noortlaan 120, 3133 AT Vlaardingen
Email: Unilever.Toasties@unilever.com
 

In the evening in Rotterdam:

Rotterdam Toastmasters (English)

Every 2nd, 4th and 5th Tuesday at 19:45 – 21:30 (optional social drinks afterwards)
Or

De Euromasters (Dutch)

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday at 19:45 – 21:30 (optional social drinks afterwards)
Both at Nivon Rotterdam, Dirk Smitsstraat 76, 3031 XE Kralingen – Crooswijk
(15 min walk from Rotterdam Central station; a tram is also possible)
 

In the evening in The Hague:

Toastmasters of The Hague (English)

Every 1st, 3rd & 4th (or 5th) Thursdays at 19:45-21:45 (optional social drinks afterwards)
At Christus Triumfatorkerk, Juliana van Stolberglaan 154, The Hague

 Tir na nOg (English)

Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Tuesday at 19:15-21:00 (optional social drinks afterwards)
At ABC Treehut, Lange Poten 27, The Hague
For more information, including other clubs in The Netherlands (e.g. Leiden, Amsterdam, Utrecht, etc.) that may be closer to you, check out: www.Toastmasters.orgwww.Toastmasters.nl.

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