Building a hockey rink? Applying to business school? Trying to streamline your meetings? Learn how at St. Lawrence Toastmasters.

Indeed, one of the great “perks” of being a Toastmasters member is that we not only learn how to improve our ability to communicate effectively and how be a better leader, but we also get to learn fascinating new things every time one of our members gives a speech, like how to get something done (such as building a hockey rink).

For example, three veteran speakers took the podium recently to dazzle us with their speech craft.  They gave us a few delights to take home: insight, information, and inspiration. Its nights like these – the ones that not only give you tips to improve your public speaking but also your life – that keep the room packed at St. Lawrence Toastmasters.  Even on a hockey playoff night!

Are you interested in how you can learn from a Toastmasters club in Montreal?  Feel free to come meet us.

Nous sommes fiers d’avoir un autre membre qui se joint à notre club et aimerions chaleureusement accueillir Alena.

Alena est présentement étudiante à l’Université de Montréal en Microbiologie et Immunologie (il reste 1 an à son BSc.), et fait un stage de recherche cet été en travaillant sur le VIH..  Même si elle ne s’était jamais imaginée de joindre un club d’art oratoire à Montréal, elle savait déjà en secondaire qu’elle avait un horrible dédain de faire des présentations.

En visitant notre club Toastmasters à plusieurs occasions, elle a constaté qu’elle aime la cohésion entre nos membres. C’est une des multiples raisons qui l’ont poussé à vouloir faire partie de notre club.  “Vous semblez être bien rillés ensemble”, a-t-elle ajouté.


Big kudos to our member Pietro di Benedetto for having recently won at the district level in the Toastmasters International Speech Contest, held at the at the 2010 Toastmasters District 61 Spring Conference.

When Pietro joined our club, his eyes were already set high on becoming the World Champion of Public Speaking.

We saw in Pietro the passion and the desire to achieve his objective, and said, “We can help you reach your goal”.

There is therefore nothing that makes us prouder than to see that Pietro is headed in that direction.

We had a chance to celebrate this district-level victory by having tasty cake at our meeting.

St-Lawrence Toastmasters cake celebrating Pietro's victory

St-Lawrence Toastmasters cake celebrating Pietro's victory

So what’s next to become the Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking?

Pietro will be preparing for the semifinals of the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking competition that will be held on Thursday Aug. 12, 2010 at the Toastmasters International Convention in Palm Desert, California.

That day, there will be nine contests, each with contestants from nine different districts (Pietro di Benedetto will be competing  in Contest 1), and the nine winners will advance to the final round, which will be held on Saturday Aug. 14, 2010.

The winner of the final round will become the 2010 World Champion of Public Speaking.  This is our Toastmasters equivalent of winning the gold medal at the Olympics!

Pietro, may you continue getting all the success you deserve!

This week’s theme is wisdom, here is the program of the evening.

Cette semaine, nous nous réunions autour du thème de la sagesse. Voici le programme complet de la soirée.