A bilingual Toastmasters Club
Forthcoming meetings of Hamburg International Speakers
We meet every first, third, and fourth Wednesday of the month at the YMCA Hamburg, An der Alster 40. You're welcome to visit - that's, of course, free of charge.
The next meetings are:
August 15th, 7.00 p.m., Regular Meeting. Room: Alsterblick. Moderation language: English.
August 22nd, 7.00 p.m., Regular Meeting. Room: Alsterblick. Moderation language: German.
September 5th, 7.00 p.m., Workshop: Evaluation Speeches. Room: Souterrain. The workshop will be held in English.
September 19th, 7.00 p.m., Regular Meeting. Room: Alsterblick. Moderation language: English.
September 26th, 7.00 p.m., Regular Meeting. Room: Alsterblick. Moderation language: German.
Please make sure to arrive at least ten minutes in advance, so you can settle in and we can start on time. We look forward to having you with us!
We give speeches in English and German.
Learning to Lead
We learn to moderate and lead teams.
Being Global Citizens
We welcome members and guests from all over the world.
The most important thing.
Who we are
We are a rhetoric club in which members can practice public speaking and hone their leadership skills in accordance with the proven principles of Toastmasters International.
What we are not
We are not an academic course in rhetoric. This means that we don’t have any omniscient teachers; rather, our people learn on their own—by doing, by example, and by means of constructive feedback from other members of the group. Consequently, it’s vital for each individual member and for every club guest that members show up—not merely to deliver their own speeches, but also to listen, to provide feedback, and to moderate the proceedings. These tasks are outlined quite specifically in the Toastmasters promise.
How we speak
We are a bilingual club—hence we speak both German and English. However, we are not a language course for the purpose of language acquisition. Rather, we are a platform for applying and strengthening skills in both German and English. In this way, we also serve as a platform for intercultural exchange and learning.
What we believe
Toastmasters International, as a whole, and the Hamburg International Speakers do not discriminate against anyone. This means that neither your religious nor political worldview, nor your skin color, nor your sexual orientation is of any concern to us. What does interest us? Your history, your life experiences, your feedback to our speeches, and your personal growth. If your personal growth is of interest to you as well, then come visit the Hamburg International Speakers—we look forward to seeing you!
This you have missed, or - if you were lucky - witnessed yourself
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How to prepare a speech when you have no time to prepare? – This was the subject of a workshop given by our member Daiany last week. It was amazing to see what a little bit of structure and technique can do! After a short introduction, all participants went to prepare their own speech and[…]
We are proud to announce that Ingmar is the winner of yesterday’s division contest in Hannover in the category “evaluation speeches/English”! Ingmar will represent our club in the district conference in Athens from May 25th-27th! In Hannover, the best speakers from Northern and Western Germany competed in the categories International Speeches (German/English/French) and Evaluation Speeches[…]
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The German/ English/ French meeting last Wednesday proved it – this club is truly multilingual! After a meeting with Russian as a third language accompanying German and English as well as two meetings with Spanish as the lead language, this was now the third evening centering French. We listened not only to a well-fitting French[…]
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Yesterday the Hamburg International Speakers had an amazing meeting with a special learning experience: Speaking into a microphone! Our Toastmaster Olaf not only prepared several different microphones for all the speakers to get comfortable with speaking into a microphone but also gave us valuable advice for using them. The speeches were recorded on camera and[…]