Winners of the 2019 Division Spring Contest

Here are the results of Division B Contests held in Brussels on Saturday 27th of April 2019:

International Speech Contest:
1. Nick Felix – Berlaymont TM Club🏆
2. Dhaval Sawkar – ToastMasterCard Club
3. Erik Luijts – TM Gent

English Evaluation Speech Contest:
1. Thomas Vervaet – TM Gent🏆
2. Sudip Chatterjee – Brussels TM Club
3. Lucrezia Scarapicchia – Aperitivo TM

Dutch Speech Contest:

1. Renaat Toppets – TM Hasselt🏆

Dutch Evaluation Speech Contest:

1. Thomas Vervaet – TM Gent🏆

French Speech Contest:

1. Valérie De Coster – Le Club des Orateurs🏆

French Evaluation Speech Contest:

1. Delphine Morin – Le Club des Orateurs🏆

Coming up: Division B Spring Conference

The 2019 Division Spring Conference will welcome the competition for International Speeches and Evaluations (EN/FR/NL) in our most competitive contest yet!

You will also have the opportunity to attend interactive workshops and to connect with other members from the 21 clubs in and around Belgium.

Find our more on EasySpeak, or in our event section

Coming up: TLI 2019

On January 27th 2019, Toastmasters Division B (Belgium, Lille and Zeeland) will organise a one-day open event that offers both Toastmasters and non-Toastmasters the opportunity to develop their communication and leadership skills through an inspiring keynote session, hands-on breakout sessions and insightful workshops.

Who should attend?

This Toastmasters Leadership Institute event is open to everyone: club officers, members of Toastmasters clubs as well as guests.
Do join if you are currently a club officer or certainly if you are interested in taking up a club leadership position in the near future.

Why should you attend?

With this event, we aim to enable current and potential club officers to fulfill their role effectively and to inspire all participants to become the best leaders they can be. At this event, you can also network with 70+ members from the 21 clubs in and around Belgium (Division B: Belgium + Lille + Zeeland)

Where? When? How much does it cost?

The event will take place on the 27th of January 2019 between 10:00 and 17:45, at the European Communication School in Brussels.

Participation costs 15 € and includes event entrance, lunch and coffee breaks.

Programme, Details and Registration on EasySpeak

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Memorable Masterclass with the World Champion in Antwerp

On Thursday 19 May, World Champion of Public Speaking Mohammed Qahtani gave a Masterclass at Toastmasters Antwerpen.

After a keynote that was a 15 minute public speaking crash course in its own right, Mohammed gave instant feedback to no less than 15 speakers in front of a room packed with 70 enthusiastic Toastmasters and guests from all over Belgium and beyond.

The Wall of Feedback, as seen at the Lille Division conference, ensured that all speakers went home an envelope full of written feedback from attendees, on top of their on-stage coaching by the World Champion.

Division B Spring Contest Winners on their Way to Luxembourg

— by Margarida Brites

On 23 april, the Lille Toastmasters Club organised a terrific event, everything went well! We were so proud of the core team! Now, Luxembourg, here we come!

Our contestants were well-prepared and impressive on stage. There was real emotion with the depiction of traumatising life experiences! The response amongst the public was immediate with real tears. The speeches were very touching when inspiring. And more humoristic when depicting the male-female realities.

Division B hereby proudly presents its contestants that will compete at the District 59 Spring Conference in Luxembourg:

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1. Daniel Mouqué
2. Carsten Wendt
3. Erik Luijts
Contest Master: David Lewis

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1. Jeffer London
2. Jack Gilbey
3. Covey McAllister
Contest Master: Alexis Brouard

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1. Bruno Cacciapuoti
2. Jean-Philippe Stijns
3. Oxana Rogozina
Contest Master: Emmanuelle Lewartowski

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1.  Valentina Caimi
Contest Master: Bonifacio Di Pietrantonio

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The four contestants: Jeffer London, Valentina Caimi, Bruno Cacciapuoti and Daniel Mouqué with Bess Stonehouse and Anita Sheehan at the Artful Orators in Brussels.

Division B takes feedback and mentoring very seriously amidst all the fun. On their way to Luxembourg, the four contestants received on Wednesday 11 May the infamous shower of coaching at the Artful Orators, Brussels’ Advanced Toastmasters Club. The contestants received feedback in English, French and Italian: that’s the stuff champions are made off!

Our multilingual recommendations to the contestants:

Daniel and Jeffer: Break a leg each!
Bruno: Bonne merde!
Valentina: In bocca al lupo!

Mohammed Qahtani Gives Masterclass at Toastmasters Antwerpen

Between his Spring conference keynotes in Timisoara (District 95) and Luxembourg (District 59), Mohammed Qahtani chose to spend some time in Belgium. Toastmasters Antwerpen invited the 2015 World Champion of Public Speaking to give a Masterclass on Thursday, 19 May.

In this highly interactive meeting, you will learn from Mohammed’s experience as a Toastmasters World Champion, keynote speaker and corporate trainer. His feedback, tips and tricks will enable you to create better speeches, boost your stage presence and conquer the hearts of your audience.

Register now for this unique event!

Division B Spring Conference Workshop: Communicate Effectively in a Multicultural Environment

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Elizabeth Vennekens-Kelly

At some point in your professional life, you will inevitably be confronted with cultural differences that may challenge your behaviour. A faux pas is easily made and can be a serious roadblock to the success of your endeavours. If you understand the culture in which you are conducting business, it will help you to be more successful. Knowing how to handle cultural sensibilities is an essential part of being an effective communicator.

In her workshop at our Division’s Spring Conference in Lille, intercultural relations expert Elizabeth Vennekens-Kelly will outline the major challenges of business and interpersonal communication in a multicultural environment. She will provide recommendations to make your communication more effective and culture savvy.

SubtleDifferencesBigFauxPasElizabeth Vennekens-Kelly is an intercultural trainer, consultant, and the author of Subtle Differences, Big Faux Pas. In this cultural guide she helps and encourages individuals to realize the extent of cultural differences and the value in gaining an understanding of the cultures in which they interact.

Elizabeth’s goal is to help individuals develop the cultural competencies they need to be successful and to encourage people to make the most of the unique opportunity of living outside their passport country. She combines her business experience, familiarity of expat living and intercultural knowledge to help individuals to deal with the complexities of living and working abroad. She trains individuals working in multicultural settings, people who are relocating overseas and those returning home, to effectively interact and communicate in the varied situations they encounter.

At the Lille Division Conference, Elizabeth will share a plethora of striking examples in verbal as well as non-verbal communication, from the simplest gestures in everyday life to the noble art of toasting — indeed, even if you are an experienced Toastmaster, you should think of the cultural context in which you are required to propose a toast! Elizabeth will show you how to leverage your cultural competence and be successful in today’s multicultural environment.

You don’t want to miss this workshop? Register now!