A bilingual Toastmasters Club
Forthcoming meetings of Hamburg International Speakers
We meet every first, third and fourth Wednesday and invite guests to join us at a meeting - of course it doesn't cost anything. And yes, we are back to in person meetings!
The next meetings are:
- October 20th: Regular meeting (English, Hybrid)
- October 27th: Regular meeting (German, Hybrid)
- November 3rd: Workshop
Since we start punctually at 7:00 p.m. we ask you to be there at least ten minutes earlier for preparation. Please note that there is no parking space in front of the CVJM building. A negative Covid test from the past 24 hours or proof of a complete Corona vaccination is required.
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
“How can you tell a good party? – When there’s more food than you need!” A statement of our guests And of course the mood of the guests, which was great! There was much talk, laughter and attentive listening. After a short introduction by our current president with cool fireworks and everything that goes with[…]
It’s decided! We have a winner for the Toastmasters World Championship of Public Speaking in 2021. It’s Verity Price, a Trainer, Facilitator and Actress from Capetown, South Africa. She won this year’s contest with a moving tale about the relationship with her father – and how he inspired to find a new way and angle[…]
Due to many requests from our members, Natalia organized her 2nd City-Walk this year. Already last year she planned a great tour through Hamburg and showed us once again places worth seeing. Thanks to the good preparation from a Google Form registration to the “test run” of the route, everything went as planned. (Thanks for[…]
After we all have learned the last months to hold our speeches in front of the camera, it was now time again to fill our beautiful room in the CVJM (An der Alster 40) with life. Besides the two laptops, the camera, several cables, the projector and the screen, several members and even four guests[…]
(Scroll down for German) Wow, what a successful Toastmasters competition season 2020 we are having! For our Area A3, contestants for all six competitions are coming from Hamburg International Speakers! We are pleased and proud to announce our contestants: Prepared Speeches, German: NataliaEvaluation Speeches, German: OlafTable Topics, German: Markus Prepared Speeches, English: ClaudiaEvaluation Speeches, English:[…]
YOLO – you only live once! This was not only the word of the day (presented by Nancy) in our first online meeting. It should be our motto in general, and especially in these crazy times. Necessity is the mother of invention! How do you host a Toastmasters meeting in times when people are asked[…]
Wie bereitet man eine Rede vor, wenn man keine Zeit hat? – Das war das Thema eines Workshops, den unser Mitglied Daiany in der vergangenen Woche gehalten hat. Es war erstaunlich, zu sehen, was ein bisschen Struktur und Technik ausmachen! Nach einer kurzen Einführung begannen alle Teilnehmer, ihre eigene Rede vorzubereiten, die sie anschließend vor[…]
On the first Wednesday of June we had both the honor and the pleasure to host Lark Doley, president of Toastmasters International, at our meeting. It’s been an inspiring evening with great speeches and interesting guests from many different parts of the world. The meeting confirmed once again: Toastmasters is a great place to improve[…]
Springtime is competition time at Toastmasters! This year, however, it was slightly different than in the previous years. As Toastmasters International disestablished the autumn competition, the spring competition included three categories: international speeches, evaluation speeches and table topics. Unfortunately, there is no humorous speech contest anymore. But no worries, we still had a lot of[…]
January 2019 had not only four, but five Wednesdays – lucky us! We used the additional evening for a very special meeting. Our member Daiany invited us to the premises of her employer, the logistics giant Kühne + Nagel in the Hafencity. “I told my colleagues so many times about my Toastmasters Club. Now I[…]
October 21st, 2015 was “Back to the future day” – an important day for all fans of this famous movie: It commemorated the day to which Marty McFly, Dr. Emmett Brown and Jennifer Parker traveled in the DeLorean time machine at the beginning of Back to the Future Part II. However, it was an even[…]
In our June workshop we learned how to give a good speech when there is practically no time to prepare. However, of course it is always better to be prepared! In this week’s workshop, Dominic showed us, how to do this and what can be the positive effects. Who am I and what am[…]
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[…]
Loneliness, belief and self-optimization, sad stories and funny stories – what a variety of topics and speeches at the A6 Area Conference on April 7th! All this on a really high level! While Petra told us a funny story about her latest visit to church, Peter (Stader Redenschwinger) gave advice on how to get[…]
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[…]
What an unforgetTABLE evening! Three clubs in one room + three sessions of profound TABLE topics, one prepared by each club + three moderators = a lot of life experience as well as a lot of fun!!! The Hamburg International Speakers cultivate a good relationship with other Toastmaster clubs in Hamburg. In this spirit we[…]