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District 110 Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Rep. of Moldova, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine

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About Our Club
Founded in 2017, Dacia Toastmasters is the first bilingual Romanian-English Club in Brussels.
Even if you do not speak Romanian, feel free to join the energic and vibrant meetings of the Club. 
The Toastmasters bilingual club development programme in Brussels is supported by the King Baudouin Foundation.

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Looking to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Ignite your career? Gain the confidence to speak up?

You’ve come to the right place. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped more than 4 million people just like you, from around the world, become more confident speakers and leaders. 

Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, with more than 345,000 members in over 15,900 clubs in 142 countries. This network of clubs and their learn-by-doing programme are sure to help you improve.

Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to express yourself effectively in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retired, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills. You'll learn how to:

  • Formulate and express your ideas effectively
  • Be more persuasive and confident when giving presentations
  • Improve your one-on-one dealings with others

Don't delay! Become the speaker and leader you want to be. Confident, charismatic leaders weren't born that way. As you progress in Toastmasters, you'll get to practice your skills by organising and conducting meetings and motivating others to help you. Become a better negotiator. Gain trust. Inspire your team.

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The Toastmasters Mission
A statement of shared values

Every Toastmasters club shares the same mission, clearly defined in the following mission statement:

We provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth..

Through this mission, each Toastmaster gains a clear understanding of the club's purpose, and the organization as a whole benefits from a shared set of values and goals.

A Toast to ToastMasterCard

A Toast to ToastMasterCard - by Sandra Lizioli

ToastMasterCard Club is going from Good to Great: President’s Distinguished Club in only four years!

Congratulations to all members of MasterCard Europe’s corporate club. They are now a President’s Distinguished Club ­– after only four years from becoming chartered. It’s an important milestone and they are the first corporate club in Belgium to reach it - and so quickly!

The club now has over 40 members and keeps on growing. Meetings are always well-attended and buzzing with energy while both members and the management hold the club in high regard.

How do they do it? What makes this club so strong? Sandra Lizioli went to see them and found three magic ingredients.

Ingredient #1: They have fun

All members agree that one thing has them coming back: FUN. “Our club doesn’t feel like a corporate club,” says Carole Whitehurst, a founding member responsible for product training. “I love the atmosphere. Sometimes I come in with a frown but I always leave with a smile!”

Most speeches aren’t work-related so colleagues see each other in a different light. And while that’s fun, it’s also good for work:

“Our meetings allow us to meet the face behind the name,” says Carole. “When I need to get in touch with someone in a different department there’s often a Toastmaster who can point me in the right direction – it’s more effective than using the company directory!”

Ingredient #2: They build momentum

Momentum is important when you start a club. “You need a critical mass of founding members,” says Natalia Kuzmicheva, who first promoted the idea to have an in-house club after being tasked with setting up internal communications training.

Natalia worked in tandem with Agnes Tarnai, the club’s external sponsor. Agnes helped set up the first meetings, took on roles and chaired the club’s first contest. Natalia and Agnes knew that the quality of meetings makes or breaks a club. One way to deliver that quality was to invite a whole series of guest speakers who came to deliver top-notch educational workshops during the first few months.

“Once you have a critical mass of members it is important to continue growing and maintaining membership,” says Rhonda Ocha, Membership officer 2013-present. “Recruiting new employees is a good way to integrate them into the company, help them to build up their network, and of course help them to sharpen valuable communication and leadership skills. It’s a win-win-win for MasterCard, our employees and the ToastMasterCard club!” 

From the very first meeting people have been enthusiastic, showed a lot of talent and a great sense of humour, were always ready to laugh and have fun. A great ambience, warm-heartedness and playfulness are the words that come to my mind when I think of the TMC club.

Agnes Tarnai, the club’s sponsor.

Ingredient #3: They Leverage the Toastmasters Network

Long gone are the times that the club needed help to run its meetings. But the members continue to embrace all the learning opportunities that Toastmasters has to offer. Cub members volunteer for leadership roles at Area and Division level, deliver workshops at Officer’s trainings and they already have a proud history of contest performances. Three club members made it to Division level in the last two contests alone!

Their active role in the Toastmaster-universe makes them not just better communicators but better leaders too. “We recruit members with the promise of improving their presentation skills but that’s not the full picture,” says Pierre-Michel Durieux, 2013-2014 Club President. “It’s really about developing our communication skills as leaders by mentoring, listening and giving feedback.”

Company recognition

MasterCard management has long recognised these Toastmaster benefits. Developing communication and leadership skills in the club can be part of the company’s official Individual Development Plan.

“I was the Talent Manager for Europe when I was introduced to the world of Toastmasters,” says Jan Boulanger, MasterCard Senior HR Manager. “It took me very little time to buy into the concept and become a promoter of the programme. In a nutshell, Toastmasters offers a proven and robust learning methodology for effective communication. Moreover, it creates a meeting platform for employees, regardless of level or type of position. What a great opportunity to learn from each other on so many different topics! Our local chapter is autonomously steered and managed by our own MasterCard employees. It allows them to grow and develop their managerial capabilities. What more can you ask for?”

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