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Happy Easter!

The Esprit de Corps Toastmasters Club wishes all of our members, guests and followers a very Happy Easter

As the weather is still rather winterly, why not to start April with an extra New Year´s resolution? My tip for you is reading more about public speaking techniques in your free time, even when you are not preparing for a specific speech. Luckily, Toastmasters International provides plenty of materials for it:

Don´t forget, 2nd of April is public holiday and we do not have a meeting. See you on the following Monday 🙂

And the winners are…

We had to wait so long, but finally we have the best speakers of our club, for this year’s International Speech and Evaluation Contest!!!
The winners of the speech contest:
– 1st place: Olga Ignatieva
The story of the starfishes, spiced up with a personal story from business life made her the star of the evening 🙂
– 2nd place: Raehyun Kim
What can be more inspiring than an fresh entrepreneur sharing her successes & challenges?
– 3rd place: Eszter Endrödi
A 7 minutes praise for plastic??? Why not – it’s clearly one of the pillars of modern economy…
The winners of the evaluation contest:
An amazing target speaker from the Frankfurt business club made the evaluation contest super-challenging 🙂
– 1st place: Neha Attri
Neha always finds the best balance in her evaluations between helping the speaker with recommendations to develop, encouraging the speaker with pointing out the best parts of the speech and also entertaining the audience 🙂
– 2nd place: Abhishek Vyas
… who every time re-invents the way of giving awesome evaluation… This time, he used elements from the speech as the structure of his own evaluation.
We congratulate to the winners and to all contestants! The evening was spectacular… Good news: the contest hasn’t finished yet, the next stage is the Area Contest on the 20th of March from 7.00pm in Frankfurt Saalbau Nied, where all 1st place and 2nd place winners from all clubs from the Area will compete to find out, who is the best speaker in town 🙂  


Dear Toastmasters and Guests,

Toastmasters’ contest season has finally started! On the 5th of March we are holding the speech and evaluation contest in our club. Audience & guests are more than welcome on the meeting. What can you expect? Great speakers, amazing speeches & evaluations and real competition…

Meeting place and starting time is the same as usual (Frankfurt Saalbau Dornbusch, from 7.15pm).


Your VP PR

Pathways is finally coming to our club too!

Dear Toastmasters and Visitors,

I´m thrilled to inform you here too, that Pathways, the long awaited new educational program of Toastmasters International will be rolled out in our club end of March!

This program is highly optimized to develop our communicational skills more effectively. What does it mean? More new projects, more flexibility in how you want to do your projects, more challenges and more fun 🙂

Of course, as every change, this too comes with plenty of questions. Therefore we invited an expert of the new educational program to our next meeting on 29th January. The first part of the meeting will be dedicated to the ´Pathways Ambassador´, who will give us a deep dive about the new program and answer all possible questions.

Come to the meeting and get ready with us for our new Toastmasters Chapter!

A small tip… check out Toastmasters´ website before the meeting, so you have some understanding about the new program and can prepare your questions in advance:

Looking forward to meeting you all!


Your VP PR


Christmas Party on December 4th 2017

Dear EdC  Toastmasters,

please note that on December 4th we will NOT hold our regular weekly meeting. Instead, we will celebrate our Christmas Party at

Sport-Club »Frankfurt 1880« e.V.
60320 Frankfurt am Main

It will start at 19:15 (as our meetings) and we are looking forward to seeing many of you there,

your Officers Team.

P.S.- Please sign up in the list that was sent out via email to choose the menu you want. Thanks!


Fellow Toastmasters, dear Toastmasters’ friends,

The annual International Speech Contest, as well as the Evaluation Contest, will be held during the time of our regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.

Every year, all Toastmaster speech contests, such as the Evaluation, Humorous, and Table Topics, begin at the club level and culminate at the District Conference. However, the International Speech Contest is the only Toastmaster speech contest that advances past the District level and continues at the International Convention where the winner is awarded the title “World Champion of Public Speaking.”

This is a great opportunity not only to compete at an international level, but also to get involved with your leaderships skills. There are currently many open roles you can sign up for:

– contest master
– judge
– chief judge
– timer/ballot counters
– seargant at arms

At club level, the only restriction for signing up for a role is that you have to be a paying member. In order to be a contestant though (for the international speech and for the evaluation contest), you must have completed 6 speech projects.

If you want to participate, please talk to any of the Officers at our next meeting or write an email to Stefan Krause (VP of Education: or to myself (VP of PR:

Looking forward to it,

Cristina – Your VP of PR

NOTE: During the meetings we might take pictures with the purpose to publish them on our website andf/or other social media. If you don’t want to have your picture taken and/or published please talkt to any clubofficer or mail to our Vice President of Public Relations:

Christmas Dinner Party

One more year, Esprit de Corps Toastmasters and friends gathered last night at the annual Christmas dinner. The atmosphere was festive and relaxed, Toastmasters mingled, networked and had a great time while enjoying a good meal.


Our current president, Todd Buell, was a great host and he surprised the audience by awarding some Toastmasters for their commitment in the club:

Chris Rowe and Abhishek Vyas were the club members that won most often the “Best Speaker” Award in 2016 and, therefore, the “Best Speakers of 2016”.
Raehyun Kim and Neha Attri won the award “Best Evaluators of 2016”.

And, last but not least, the most engaged club members, taking up the most number of roles in 2016 were: Gita Nagappan, Neha Attri and Abhishek Vyas.


Congratulations and Merry Christmas to every one!

Looking forward to sharing a successful Toastmasters New Year with you all in 2017,

your VP of PR




AREA CONTEST: Table Topics & Humorous Speech



Dear fellow Toastmasters,

It’s speech contest time!!!

Some weeks after our club’s speech contest, Esprit de Corps is honored to be hosting our Area Speech Contest on October 10th.

So please join us and enjoy an evening full of fun and great improvised speeches during the Area Table Topics and Humorous Speech Contests!

You can also be an active part of it and sign up as a speaker or a member of the team, either as a judge, as a time keeper or as a ballot counter. Please contact the Contest Host, Natallia Simon, to volunteer for roles:

Looking forward to seeing many of you there!



VP of PR

Humorous Speech & Table Topics Contest 2016


On the past Monday, September 12th, our club Esprit de Corp hosted the second speech contest of the year. This time it was turn of our most humorous and spontaneous speakers to take the stage! We were delighted to see numerous Toastmasters members and friends in the audience, who enjoyed a fun-filled evening as much as the contestants and all the contest committee members did.

The evening started off with the Humorous Speech Contest, hosted by Cristina Conesa Carbonell. To warm up, she invited the audience to do some laughter yoga, so imagine… over 25 people standing up stretching their face muscles, breathing and laughing a lot doing some of these exercises. It definitely got the audience ready to keep laughing and enjoying the humorous speeches coming up!

There were 6 contestants in the Humorous Speech Contest, they delivered 5- to 7-minute speeches that were evaluated by a panel of experienced Toastmasters. Here is the order and title of their speeches:

1. Raehyun Kim – “A hug, a handshake, a kiss: embracing cultural differences”

2. Gitanjali Nagappan – “How Asians and Europeans holiday”

3. Neha Attri – “Tackling table topics is an art”

4. Todd Buell – “Todd, Thor or T”

5. Abhishek Vyas – “I know my luck”

6. Steven Feller – “Betty Vetterli and the MUBBBs”

They were all incredibly entertaining and funny speeches! The contestants took us on a journey from vacationing at sandy beaches with turquoise water to greeting situations with Germans, Koreans and Americans through a bike ride full of unidentified flying objects while many of us couldn’t stop laughing.

The second part of the contest, the Table Topics Contest, was also related to humour in many senses. The Toastmaster Stefan Timm hosted the contest with his dry German humour. He asked the participants to tell a story about what they have learnt in live through humour and their answers were varied, hilarious and even surreal at times. Here is the list of our courageous contestants:

1. Yani Neugebauer

2. Abhishek Vyas

3. Peter Smith

4. Neha Attri

The evening culminated in the most-awaited final part: the presentation of the winners!



Congratulations to Steven Feller, 1st place, Gita Nagappan, 2nd place and Abhishek Vyas, 3rd place.



Congratulations to Peter Smith, 1st place, and Abhishek Vyas, 2nd place.

Many thanks to all Toastmasters who made this fun-filled possible: contestants, hosts, judges, time keepers, ballot counters and cheering audience. We are looking forward to seeing the winners at the Area contest on October 10th 2016 in our very own club again, Esprit de Corps in Frankfurt.

Best regards,

VP PR Cristina

Next meeting June 20th at Saalbau Gallus (Raum 1), Frankenallee 111, 60326 FFM

Dear Esprit de Corps members and guests,

Please be informed that due to an unforeseen mix up with our regular home, our next meeting June 20th will take place at Saalbau Gallus (Seminar Raum 1), Frankenallee 111, 60326 Frankfurt.

VP PR Natallia


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